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What’s It Worth? From Then To Now: A Twisty, Fascinating Path

What’s It Worth?

From Then To Now: A Twisty, Fascinating Path

If you have fine art of any kind or any size for sale, we would love to purchase it or put it up on one of our upcoming auctions. While most of our day is spent selling luxury watches and diamonds in our jewelry store, Old Northeast Jewelers, we equally enjoy our fine- and decorative-arts business.

And one of the most oft-asked questions is, “What was the most memorable item you ever bought?”

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What’s It Worth? Sometimes, History Trumps Material

Sometimes, History Trumps Material

While the material this cameo is made of is mere Pinchbeck (a copper and zinc alloy resembling gold), a secret unfolded when researching the names on the cameo that was truly astounding – and that secret took an otherwise $50 cameo to a $1,000 cameo.

Adah Isaacs Menken was a childhood friend of Annie Holcombe. Annie and her sister were considered the belles of the Confederacy. Volumes have been written about the Holcolmbe sisters and their activities in Confederate society.

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What’s It Worth? Vintage Designer Martini Shakers

VINTAGE DESIGNER MARTINI SHAKERS

Most martini shakers are stainless steel or silverplate, which is why it’s significant to come across one crafted of sterling silver. Signature and designers are very important in valuation.

With the rekindled interest in Art Deco and Moderne 1960s chic triggered by shows like Mad Men, the old-fashioned martini shaker has become a hot collector’s item. Mid-century modern is also one of the hottest eras that has caught the fancy of the collecting public.

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