What's It Worth? Heroism Collectibles Civil War medals, fireman badges, military ribbons and the like all have value for collectors. As a watch collector and internet junkie, I peruse the internet for rare or unusual things for my own collection. Eight years ago, I stumbled on an auction in Finland that had an unusual, high-grade 23-jewel Riverside Maximus 14K Hunter case Waltham pocket watch. It is quite scarce and usually brings $2,000-$3000. read more
What's It Worth? That Old Thing In The Corner While we have several professionals who do home and corporate visits, often traveling statewide and nationally, I was intrigued when a woman from Connecticut called a few weeks ago to settle a family estate here in Tampa Bay. The 1940s Tampa Bay mansion was being sold and they needed to get rid of the contents of the 16 rooms. I went on this house call myself, as she had mentioned they had silver, antique books, art glass and paintings. When I arrived, the heirs were accommodating and friendly and let me look at almost everything. read more
What's It Worth? Auction Results Part 2 A few items we have sold at our award-winning internationally known online auction. Picasso limited edition gold pendant, $16,000. Unusual, important Satsuma Group porcelain, $10,000. Regina’s Music box, $10,000. Original art Tarzan comic strip, $10,000. Old Master oil, St. John, $8,000. Pristine Pablo Picasso owl pitcher, $8,000. Syd Solomon painting, $8,000. Nepal Thankga – 17th century, $7,000. Sevres rare table top, $7,000. NY Yankees pendant, $5,000. Tiffany aesthetic Audobon server set, mint condition, $4,000. William J. read more
What's It Worth? Auction Results Part 1 A few items we have sold at our award-winning internationally known online auction. Black forest wooden chest, $3,500. David Webb brooch, circa 1970, $7,500. Ancient jade scholar stone viewing rock, $4,000. Babe Ruth autograph, $3,000. David Hockney lithograph, $12,00. Intricate, signed ivory carving, $7,000. Dupuis bronze gilt mantel clock, circa 1880, $2,000. Aztec solid gold eagle, $4,000. Confederate flag & Civil War collection, $7,000. Jensen Whode covered silver compote, $2,000 Charles Oldenberg teapot etching, $2,000. 18K white gold Accutron Astronaut, $3,500. A Clyde Butcher photo, read more
What's It Worth? The Rich History Of Chicago Arts & Crafts The Arts & Crafts movement was, by most acounts, a direct response to the industrial revolution’s “make-it-quick-with-machinery” era. Machinery made things more quickly and cheaply, without a doubt. But much of the world worried (rightly) about the loss of hands-on artistry. read more
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 the 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 period.” Indeed – in early Japan, the sharpness of these tools was tested on human beings. read more
What's It Worth? When Baseball Cards Were Young Over the years, we have seen hundreds of thousands of baseball cards. While that may seem like boasting, it is more an admission of abject boredom. While baseball cards are fun as a preteen (when most kids collected them for amusement and fantasy), the fun leaves when the adults get into the picture. They turn into investments. Typically, the cards get sent to a grading lab to determine their authenticity and condition. read more
What's It Worth? $1,000 Saved Can Be Much More Earned If you (or your parents) put a $1,000 bill aside or in a safe deposit box before President Nixon recalled them, was the decision sound? It depends. While just about any $1,000 bill is worth $1,250 or more – even with pinholes, tiny tears and ink marks – most are worth $1,500 to $3,000 each if in relatively good condition and some are worth $100,000 or more! (Even $500 bills are worth considerably over face value.) We are constant buyers of old currency of any kind (especialy brown and red seal notes and pre-1940 notes). read more
What's It Worth? The Allure of Militaria We were recently contacted by a New York collector who had decided to buy some real estate and wanted us to help him sell his lifelong militaria collection. Collecting militaria has always been controversial because of the philosophy behind it. Almost all collectors collect militaria for its historical importance even though it may represent disturbing images and unpleasant memories. The gentleman collector heavily focused on American military pocket watches and wrist watches, which remain the most popular. But he also had a good amount of World War II Japanese and German items. read more
What's It Worth? The Death Bump. It’s A Thing Except When It’s Not Over the years, one of the most cited reasons people think things have increased in value is because an artist or an owner just passed away. When someone comes into our office saying, “The artist died; what is my stuff worth?” we are both amused and saddened. Is it fair to suggest that something has more value after someone has passed away? Yes and no. As with all valuation, it greatly depends on supply and demand. If an artist was prolific, the bump is usually short-lived, as with the passing of Erté in 1990. read more