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How can you tell if a complete gold German tea set is valuable?

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To establish whether a complete gold German tea set is valuable, consult with an appraiser who specializes in household goods. This can be done by contacting a local appraiser to physically examine the piece or by arranging for an appraiser to evaluate the set through photographs.

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It is important to note the size of the individual pieces of the tea set, the number of pieces in the set, the condition of the set, the maker's mark and the karat levels of the gold. The maker's mark and karat levels are located on the bottom of each item in the tea set. The maker's mark usually includes part of the brand name along with an insignia. The karat level is represented as a number, with 24 karats being pure gold and lower numbers representing lower levels of gold content.

If the tea set is currently or was recently in production, contact the manufacturer to learn the retail price of the set.

If the gold German tea set is vintage, auction houses have appraisers who can estimate the current price at which the set would be valued. Some auction houses, such as Sotheby's, provide a verbal estimate as a courtesy for smaller collections. Most auction houses provide a written estimate for a nominal fee. This estimate can then be used for tax, insurance or sales purposes. Typically, an auction house provides the estimate free of charge if the house is hired to sell the tea set.

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