Henkel Harris Chippendale Cherry Dining Room Set

Submitted by Mike on October 12, 2018
Sale Price

I generally don't post furniture sales here as most pieces simply aren't exceptional. This set retailed around $12,000  in 1994 and ONLY because of the name brand AND condition was I able to get such a wonderful second hand price and it took MONTHS of waiting to get it. MOST old brown furniture simply doesn't hold value. 

Mid Century Modernist Anri Space Age Universum Wood Chess Set Arthur Elliott

Submitted by Mike on September 24, 2018
Sale Price

Having some basic knowledge as to what things are collectible coupled with Internet research can yield some great results. Knowing that old chess sets can be desirable, plus recognizing this heavily stylized pattern, and comping it based on the name brand told us that it was valuable. So instead of throwing it up for an eBay auction, we sat and waited for the right buyer to come along who recognized the value and paid a fair price. 

Hamburg America Line Hapag Ocean Liner SS Imperator Milk Glass Ship Plate

Submitted by Mike on September 19, 2018
Sale Price

It is such a pleasure to handle premium collections of things we just don't find on a typical house call. When it comes to selling off a collection of any given type of item, in order to get that 'top dollar' price, you have to sell one item to one buyer at a time and that's where we come in and do just that. I could not find a single comp value on this piece but I knew it was special and would go to a good home for a great price.

Antique Chinese Carved Jade Stone Water Coupe Cup Vessel

Submitted by Mike on August 27, 2018
Sale Price

We've talked before about how fickle the market is on Chinese antiques and now that China is such a wealthy country, their citizens are trying to reclaim 'lost treasures' pawned off by their ancestors. One piece could be worth nothing while another similar piece might be worth a fortune but without some kind of documentation from an authority on the subject, pieces like this could be anyone's guess on value.

Huge collection Native American Indian arrowheads

Submitted by Mike on August 22, 2018
Sale Price

We've mentioned that Native American related items are still somewhat in demand, but even that category has declined in value over the past ten years. There are so many newer made pieces on the market that it can be hard to tell the difference from true artifacts and only things with some type of documentation or provenance will bring big prices these days.

Signed 18k gold w ruby parrot bird enemeled pin

Submitted by Mike on August 21, 2018
Sale Price

Jewelry is the most heavily marked up luxury item in existence. Name brands aside, the resale value is often tied closely to the scrap price of the metal. Only extraordinary pieces like this will bring more but when you consider the cost of eBay fees, we only got about $50 more than the gold would have melted down for. We of course hate to see nice things destroyed and finding something a good home always makes it worth the effort.

WWI 1917 Regiment of Midshipmen Navy Naval Academy Annapolis MD Greeting Card

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2018
Sale Price
Ephemera from 100 years ago like this is hard to find if you're looking for it as so many people threw it away before it got to be old. The truth is that not many people are actually looking for stuff like this - it sat on my shelf for many months so I'm glad it finally went to a good home.