What it's Worth
What's It Worth? Samurai Swords – The Stuff Of Legends
Few things are more confusing in the world of antiques than samurai swords. Some say they are noble, some say they represent terror – and both are correct. Centuries ago, the Japanese became experts in techniques of sharpening fine steel. Using almost medieval tools, they crafted what Katrina calls the “thermonuclear device of their...
What's It Worth? Rare Civil War Memorabilia
Civil war medals and adornments were made in many variations ... and millions of them exist. Not only actual medals of honor – issued between 1862 and 1866 – but also medals (actually ribboned souvenirs) of civil war encampments or reunions that were held routinely (until there were only 19 living vets for the final encampment/reunion, which...
What's It Worth? A Masterpiece In Silver
A Minnesota jeweler recently sent us a large package of sterling silver to sell. Inside was mostly average, reusable antique silver worth 10 to 20 percent over silver value.
Also included was this extraordinary masterpiece – a 45 oz. sterling silver basket by Roger Williams. He was famous in his own right and bought the Howard Sterling...
What's It Worth? "Short Snorters?" WTH?
Militaria is fun and historical and often a somber aspect of collecting. Medals, guns, flags, canteens, uniforms, swords, passports, papers and maps are typically the most active pathways of accumulation. And then there’s the short snorter.
What is a short snorter? Basically, it’s a one-dollar bill (or a five or even a twenty) that has...
What's It Worth? Royal Collectibles — Long May They Reign
Recently, a St. Petersburg resident sold us this large 6” x 5” ticket to Queen Victoria’s 1838 coronation ceremony. All Queen Victoria inaugural items are collectible and there were scores of versions of this ticket, as well as tickets to several associated balls and events.
What's It Worth? Your Old Watches, Coins And Quilts Might Have Value
An occasional complaint for this Sunday column goes something like this: “We love the Sunday ‘What’s It Worth,’ but we never come across most of the treasures you write about.” So I thought I’d list a few things you might have around the house, and their approximate values.
Old fraternity or sorority pins. The...
What's It Worth? A True Arts And Crafts Treasure
Occasionally a museum-quality piece crosses our desk, and this week, we’re proud to have a most incredible example of Arts and Crafts artistry that we have ever owned. This masterpiece is being offered at the low price of $28,500 (yes, this price is low — please read on).
What's It Worth? The Law Of Supply And Demand
Supply and demand is a time-tested theory that determines the price of commodities and precious metals. However, when it comes to valuation, this rule is even more significant.
What's It Worth? The Fascination With Russian Orthodox Icons
Russian icons (as well as those of Greece and other orthodox countries) have been included in many private and museum collections, and most importantly, in the private homes of the faithful for hundreds of years.