What it's Worth
Do You Have A Museum-Worthy Piece To Donate?
At least once a week, an individual asks our opinion on whether to donate a family heirloom to a museum.
We generally encourage this if certain conditions are met. If a) it’s an important piece that will actually be exhibited, b) there has been a thorough examination by your attorney and accountant, c) it offers a true benefit to...
The Incredible, Collectible Leica
Vintage Leica cameras were manufactured in Germany starting in 1914 and certain models are still made there today. They are considered among the most prestigious in a camera aficionado’s collection.
The Value And Fascination Of Old Money
Most people know that large-size old currency notes are worth money, but did you know that some modern and Confederate currency is valuable? Old currency is fun to collect, and we have longtime customers who are serious collectors with ready cash.
Since the 1930s, American paper bills have been the same size as today – 6 inches wide....
Ships’ Clocks: Keeping Time With Precision
Ships’ clocks have been a staple on military vessels for over 300 years. They vary in value from $400 for a Hamilton non-gimbaled 1940s-era clock, which is basically an oversized pocket watch, to $500 – $2,000 for a gimbaled, boxed Hamilton, to thousands for a marine chronograph that is free sprung with helical hair springs.
What’s It Worth?
The Valuation Ups & Downs Of Vintage Cufflinks
Today is a great time for cufflink collectors.
Why, exactly? Sadly, the answer is that cufflinks, for the most part, are comparatively unpopular right now, which puts cufflink buyers in a good spot. Cufflinks that brought $8,000-$10,000 during the last wave of cufflink popularity now bring half that.
There is still a...
All Silver Is Not The Same
One of the most intense interests at Hess Fine Art is antique silver. Most people don’t know that only half of our goods come from Tampa Bay residents. In addition, jewelers, collectors and pawn shops from around the world send us their unusual and expensive watches, jewelry and especially, their silver.
A Novelty Pocket Watch Worthy Of James Bond
Sometimes a watch is more than just a watch. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, luxury Swiss watchmaker LeCoultre (est. 1833) – long known for their watchmaking mastery of complicated chronographs, repeaters and other unusual watches – manufactured a watch for gamblers; it was called the Roulette Casino Royal. This remarkable watch features a...
Here, Duckie Duckie
Collecting duck decoys is one of the most rewarding – and frustrating – experiences in the world of collecting.
The overwhelming majority of duck decoys are common and only worth between $5 and $25. However, because of the cross-collectible interest in duck decoys as utilitarian items for actual duck hunting – and in Americana as an art form – occasionally,...
Fine Nardin Quality Vs. Religious Subject Matter
This Ulysse Nardin 1914 pocketwatch is one of the finest and most beautiful watches we have ever owned. It is the complete package … original box and papers and incredible signature of the artist Adr. Huybers.