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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

DEAR MIKE, I re­cently found a ster­ling sil­ver ring box while clean­ing up my mom’s es­tate. I think it was prob­a­bly the box my mom would have got her en­gage­ment ring in. I have looked online and I am con­fused, as I have seen many dif­fer­ent prices. It is in very nice con­di­tion. It would hold a sin­gle ring. I have en­closed a photo of the marks on the back of the box. Can you tell me how old it is, and what it would sell for? Su­san B. Winnipeg

DEAR SU­SAN, It was not un­com­mon for jew­elry stores years ago to use ster­ling sil­ver ring boxes. From the mark­ings on your box, I can see it was made by the com­pany Henry Perkins and Sons in Eng­land. Based on the style of the mark­ings, your box was man­u­fac­tured be­tween 1907 and 1922. The boxes were pro­duced to hold one or two rings. The sin­gle-ring boxes are more de­sir­able. The price of sil­ver will make a slight dif­fer­ence in the value of your box. In its cur­rent con­di­tion with to­day’s price of sil­ver, it would sell for $90 to $110. Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@mikesgen­er­al­, and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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