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Antique Pewter Charger Plate Spanish Shipwreck Salvage

Submitted by Mike on September 9, 2017
Sale Price
$135.00

This is another piece that would have sold for a little more if we had documentation. Post WWII to present day, maritime diving technology has improved so much that recovering artifacts from long sunken ships is relatively easy. Finding buried treasure was even a way of life for some until in the 1980's International laws were passed making it illegal to collect and sell salvage that might otherwise belong to certain nations. Things that were stolen hundreds of years ago are quickly remembered when someone has a way to get them.

Native American Stone Granite Metate Mano Primitive mortar pestle

Submitted by Mike on September 8, 2017
Sale Price
$150.00

I've mentioned before that Native Indian pieces usually sell well. In order to have significant value, pieces like this require provenance which is some type of documentation stating how old it is and where it's from. There are so many brand new 'souvenir' pieces on the market that the collectors are gunshy about spending big money without knowing for sure. We didn't really have much to go on with this and we still got a fair price simply by talking up the estate that it came from.

1860 King Edward VII Prince of Wales New York Ball Invitation

Submitted by Mike on September 8, 2017
Sale Price
$200.00

Historical ephemera will always find it's way to a good home - I'm showing just the 'dance card' but this was a complete invitation to The Ball honoring Prince Edward's visit to the US in 1860, nearly 100 years after we broke off from England so it was a pretty big deal. Usually pieces like this are thrown away by the following generation but the fact that the original owner's children and grandchildred thought to save this made the buyer (who was in Canada of all places) very happt!

Ancient Chinese Jade Bonzai Planter Brush Pot

Submitted by Mike on September 2, 2017
Sale Price
$450.00

We're having fun peddling antiques from the Far East this month from our latest estate. Some of the pieces from this lot are hitting big sale prices! I actually had someone more knowledgeable than myself take a look and nothing appeared to be 'museum quality' but sometimes the collectors 'think they know' something and get carried away. In some cases we try to do extensive research about the things we sell but other times it's best for us to plea ignorance and let the general public decide the value via an eBay auction.

Antique Bronze Japanese Buddhist Temple Bell Gong

Submitted by Mike on August 31, 2017
Sale Price
$500.00

There is a broad line between being a 'picker' and a true antique dealer which I'm trying to cross but I can only stomach so much of Antiques Roadshow. I don't see many 200+ year old Asian pieces so when I do, I get a little nervous as my biggest fear is selling something for much less than what it actually might be worth if properly described.

Large Antique 19t Century Cast Iron Lion Figural Doorstop

Submitted by Mike on August 30, 2017
Sale Price
$400.00

A friend of mine who is also a dealer was helping me at a job last week and he literally stumbled across this in the back yard. I'll be totally honest in saying that I might have missed this beautiful beast so I'm glad he saw it. He actually wanted to buy it and I offered it to him for $200 knowing it was worth more but he declined. You might ask why would I sell something for less than what it's worth but other dealers are actually among our best customers and being generous with them usually comes back around.

JK Rowling Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone advance proof first US printing

Submitted by Mike on August 30, 2017
Sale Price
$500.00

Anything that says 'Not for Sale' requires close inspection as collectors will pay big money for things that were not available to the general public. This 'Uncorrected Proof' copy was actually donated to a library and given to one of the librarians as they already had plenty of copies. A nice bonus for a county job!

Vintage Lefton Japan Blue Boy & Pinkie Figures

Submitted by Mike on August 9, 2017
Sale Price
$30.00

Most decorative figurines like these have gone way down in value. I'm sure there is a 'price guide' from 20 years ago that will say these are worth hundreds but I beg to differ. Some pieces like these are still collectible but the people who want them are fewer and farther between these days. I'll mention that we don't take consignment items with an estimated value of less than $50 but with things we buy on our treasure hunts, many of our bread and butter sales are in fact under that mark.

Oscar de la Renta two piece lace crochet dress suit

Submitted by Mike on August 9, 2017
Sale Price
$100.00

I almost never take clothing on consignment. With this dress suit I found, I knew it was about $1,000 new so I had it dry cleaned and stuck it out on eBay. I'm crossing my fingers that the buyer doesn't try to send it back for not fitting but despite providing full measurements it's happened before and it wouldn't surprise me ;p

Anichini Brocade Tasseled Throw Pillows

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2017
Sale Price
$50.00

I'm posting this to say that while $50 isn't a huge sale, these couple throw pillows were hundreds new and most people would have just tossed them. We recently managed a fairly affluent estate and we knew everything was nice so we didn't underestimate anything. As professional 'pickers', we can't afford to leave any stone (or pillow) unturned.

1904 General Custer's Last Fight Casilly Adams Anheuser Busch Cromalithograph

Submitted by Mike on August 1, 2017
Sale Price
$750.00

This piece had a lot going for it - it was a beer advertisment, art, and a history lesson all in one. The owner had originally paid $5000 for it but it had a condition issue which kept it from being worth what he actually paid. It is a rare piece and sometimes people simply overpay for things when there isn't a good sounding board for value. Even had it been perfect, we fished for a couple months but 750 was all it was going to bring.

Vintage Crown Trifari Rhinestone Owl Pin Brooch

Submitted by Mike on July 25, 2017
Sale Price
$370.00

We've previously mentioned how crazy some people can get over costume jewelry and being able to identify something as being special is the key. This piece had been in our back area for months waiting to be placed on the floor for a mere $10. Our regular friend Phoebee offered to help sort and stage some of our holdings and discovered this little bird which sang us the sweet tune of $370!

Native American Indian History Map Drawing by Wounded Swallow

Submitted by Mike on July 21, 2017
Sale Price
$650.00

This was a really special piece - a 19th century drawing by Wounded Swallow of the Sioux peoples. It was recreated in the early 20th century with additional data regardng Native American affairs and distributed among known tribal chiefs across the country during a time when the US Government was negotiating reparitions. The subject matter made it valuable in itself but condition issues and lack of additional provenance kept it from being more valuable. I think we got a fair price and it went to a good home and that's all we could hope for.