There are several ways of appraising the value of vintage Taylor Smith & Swift plates, these include: professional appraisals, price guides, online valuations, and database and online auctions. Although professional appraisers are highly recommended, they are relatively expensive as compared to the other three appraisal options.
In order to get a current, correct and unbiased appraisal for the vintage plates, you should hire a professional appraiser. Appraisers are readily available for almost all vintage items but care must be taken to ensure that they are accredited and that they meet the established professional and ethical standards. After the appraisal, a certified appraiser should provide a written report including a full description of the item and the procedure used to ascertain its value.
Various collectibles’ guidebooks and price guides can also offer insight on the value of the vintage plates. Books like “Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide,” which offers recent prices paid for various collectibles at auctions, online markets and other shops, can offer a price estimate by comparing the vintage plates with other similar items. Various organisations offer online appraisal services on their websites, either for free or for a fee. In most cases, these sites require a photo of the item and a vivid description for valuation. Such sites include: What’s It Worth, InstAppraisal, Value My Stuff and WorthPoint.
Databases and online auctions can also offer valuation insight by drawing comparisons based on the current prices of similar vintage items. Some companies, like Kovel, offer free and premium services to access valuation information from their databases, while other sites, like eBay, provide a global price view for various vintage items.