What it's Worth
What's It Worth? Predicting Antique Trends
It’s always difficult to predict antique trends, but looking over the past 70 years of collecting, many trends point to our rich immigrant history. Today it appears to be all about Asia. Asian antiques have been steadily growing since 1990, with their peak at around 2014.
In the 1940s, German influence was everywhere. In the 1950s,...
What's It Worth? Worth - Fast Cars Equal Expensive Watches
Growing up in the Midwest, most of the cars I saw were American. In fact, many people in our union town despised foreign cars. It was practically a law – you were expected to buy American, and that was that.
As I began to travel across the country in the 1970s buying and selling antiques, I rubbed elbows with a wider...
What's It Worth? Worth - A German 22k Gold Decorative Arts Masterpiece
Carl Frey & Söhne was a Master Jeweler in Breslau, Germany, near the Swiss border. He made a myriad of items for royalty and other wealthy clients. We can’t trace the provenance, but this piece is one of the most spectacular we have seen.
What's It Worth? Artifacts From The Civil War And Earlier
It seems like everyone enjoys stories from back in the day (or stories where I lose money). So today, we are writing about a house call we made in 1991. It involves an ad we ran for Confederate currency. Most people think that this currency is worthless, but in reality, one Confederate dollar can be worth between $5 and $100,...
What's It Worth? When Art And Utility Intersect
On occasion, companies with a long history are difficult to define due their ability to change and keep up with the times or the style of the day.
There are few companies that fit this description better than WMF or Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. (A mouthful to say, but I can actually pronounce it. Kind of).
What's It Worth? Rare Mickey Mouse Collectibles
What's It Worth? The Egg-Citing History Of Fabergé Eggs
Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian artisan of Frencch Huguenot ancestry, made about 50 gold and jeweled eggs when he was the royal jeweler to Russian aristocracy from 1885 forward. Only 45 of them have been accounted for. The legacy of these eggs is far-reaching, and a simple internet search will unearth hundreds of stories about them...
What's It Worth? Legos. Great To Sell, Not So Great To Step On
I hate Legos. Despise them. I was reminded of them when an executive here in town brought them up after we sold a large baseball card collection for him and his retired father. He still collected them at age 40!
Yes, I played with them briefly in the ’60s. So I can appreciate them. And Legos were the first thing I...
What's It Worth? Age Influences Value ... On Many Levels
Sometimes the past that got us into this business has a way of coming back to us in pleasant ways.
I first read Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, when I was in eighth grade. I reread it in college – and of course, it had a completely different meaning to me those eight years later. I have reread it a...
What's It Worth? Winners vs. Losers
As mentioned before, I’m not a big gambler, because at poker and Vegas games, I typically lose. However, Katrina allows me – even encourages me – to gamble on antiques and fine paintings.
In 2007, a “picker” (a smart, seasoned antique dealer who doesn’t have a shop but sells to other dealers) started bringing us extraordinary, valuable art...