What it's Worth
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.
When Subject Matter Stymies Art Valuation
We were approached some 10 years ago with a warehoused collection of the famous artist and social realist, Emanuel Glicenstein-Romano.
We were highly excited to acquire such a collection and the source was rock solid, so we bought it sight unseen for a prodigious sum of money.
American Post WWII Prints
We typically advertise that we don’t buy prints, because the print market was co-opted in the 1970s by ne’er-dowells, exaggerators and outright fraudsters. We do often buy earlier prints, pre-1970s, created by artists before WWII. They were generally small, and black and white.
Miniatures — Art On A Smaller Scale
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. Miniature paintings have been done for centuries, but reached their peak in the early to mid-1800s with the Peale family’s impressive output of miniature paintings. The family was famous for them; if you have something...