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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 email@example.com, and put “Free Press” in subject line, or write to Mike’s Appraisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.