What's It Worth? by Leslie Hindman

What's It Worth? James Dixon and Sons Coffee Set

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Today's item was sent to us by our reader Burl. It is a pewter coffee set by the James Dixon and Sons Company.

James Dixon started what became a prominent manufacturing company in the early 19th century in Sheffield, England. Around 1835 he had a second son join his firm, thus changing the name to James Dixon and Sons, and allowing us to date Burl's items to after that time. The items would be made of Brittania metal which is an alloy of pewter which was rolled out in sheets. It was used as an inexpensive alternative to silver or even silverplate.

Because pewter doesn't rust and is fairly durable, many 19th century examples have survived, keeping the demand and thus the value down. I would expect a set like yours to bring around $100 at auction. The retail price for a similar set would be around $300.

Thank you again to Burl for sending us photographs of his coffee set.

What's It Worth? is happy to review our reader's items and provide appraisals or auction estimates on all submissions regardless of whether or not they are the topic of a post. Please email us at blog@lesliehindman.com. All estimates or appraisals are performed in-house at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois.

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