I have a beautiful porcelain figurine of a young girl holding up the skirt of a pleated dress. Fifteen years ago, I found some information about the figure that was made in the late s or early s by the Gebruder Heubach Company of Thuringia, Germany. The figure can be identified by the look of it and the mark on the bottom, as with most valuable china and porcelain pieces. The mark is a divided circle with a sunburst on top and two over-lapped letters below. And that was 15 years ago. Unfortunately, someone knocked the figurine's head off some 40 years ago.
The head was neatly glued back on, but the damage was done. No way I would ever get anywhere near the suggested price because it is damaged. In addition, changing markets would decrease the value. Do not attempt to refinish a piece of old or antique furniture.
Part of the value of an old piece is determined by its patina, the changes that occur in the aging process. If you remove old paint or finish, you may destroy both the charm and value of the piece.
This holds true for high end, very old, or significant pieces by master craftsmen. A damaged, ordinary piece of old furniture may benefit from a restoration or refinishing. Antique paintings, photographs, prints, and textiles can be destroyed by moisture, heat, and lighting conditions. Also, body oils transferred by handling can damage old things, particularly textiles and paper.
Never attempt to frame or remove an old photograph, print, painting, or textile from its frame. This is best done by a professional or an expert who knows how to handle such a fragile piece.
Do not allow someone who claims to be an expert to handle old textiles or such delicate antiques unless they are wearing gloves. If they do not wear gloves, they are not expert in the care and handling of valuable antiques. Just because something looks old, or someone else thinks that it is old, does not mean that the item is actually old. The lovely lamp shown above may appear to be old or antique to some people, but was purchased at TJ Maxx in the s. Not old. Often older pieces, or antiques, are copied and sold just because they are so darn pretty.
These reproductions can be fun to buy and use but they do not have the value of a genuine antique. Reproductions of old dishes are better to use than the real thing. Today's regulations prevent the addition of toxic elements in the production of dishware. That was not true in the past. Maybe you love your old stuff. Maybe you have no desire to sell it. But it is a good idea to have it appraised for insurance purposes.
If you plan to keep your valuable antiques til the day you die, you want to ensure their safekeeping for posterity. You are treasuring history here. You do not want your dim witted son-in-law to throw the Victorian Renaissance Revival table in a dumpster or ship it off to Goodwill.
If the kids are not interested in keeping your antiques, they may earn some cash by selling them, something made easier for them with your written appraisal. You can find an appraiser in your area by checking out the American or the International Society of Appraisers. Do not have an object appraised by the person you want to sell it to, unless you know and absolutely trust them. And there is nothing that you can do about it.
When selling your antiques through a dealer, it behooves you to establish a relationship with a trustworthy and reputable person. Before you learn the value of a piece, you must first identify the item. If you want to identify an old item yourself be prepared to do some research. If you love antiques, this process can be a lot of fun as there is a lot to learn. Your local library will have a section of antique and collectible guides for everything from old furniture to hardware.
These can be a valuable resource. Of course these kinds of books are available to purchase at a bookstore or online. Online sites like Kovels and Replacements are an excellent resource for the identification of dishware. There are collectors clubs for almost anything you can imagine. Find one appropriate to your item and check out the group's website. They can be a valuable source of information. When trying to locate similar items make sure Yesterday’s Shining - Grand Prix (10) - Treasure Hunting (CD you use a thorough description.
The more information you have will increase your ability to learn about your antique. Go from the general to the specific. Look for maker's marks on the item. Dishware, for example, should have an image on the bottom called a back stamp.
You can then look up that stamp. There are many types of, say, dishware that appear similar. My Blue Fjord plates may look a lot like the highly collectible Royal Copenhagen but a quick check of the back stamp shown below tells me the truth.
Many products have marks that change slightly over the years which can help you learn when the item was produced. Some furniture will show identifying marks as well. An authentic Stickley Morris type chair should have a decal on the bottom.
Certain types of antiques hold their value even in a recession or in hard economic times. Metal such as bronze statues, silverware or other antique metal items can earn you a tidy sum of money. Of course sterling silver is worth much more than silver plate. Sterling silver is Silver plated flatware, trays, coffee pots, sugar bowls, creamers, and trays can be picked up at thrift shops for very low prices. Religious items may not get you what you want. Old things are often valued due to scarcity.
People keep religious items and pass them down for years. Also, may religious people feel uncomfortable selling a religious painting or statue, especially if it has been blessed. Just because an object is attractive does not mean that it is valuable. A friend of mine was selling off some pieces and found that a very ugly old lamp sold for an impressive amount of money.
The fact was the piece was rare and in demand by collectors. The popularity of various items vary over time. Something that may have been a hot commodity in may have fallen out of fashion. Demand sets value. If lots of people are hunting for a particular item, the value will rise. Today, people like mid 20th century furniture and dishware so they can be quite expensive.
Design trends change the demand for antiques and collectibles. Modern buyers often look for the cleaner lines of minimalism. Overly ornate Victorian furniture does not fit that look.
That means Victorian furniture, dishware, and decorative items may be cheaper than it was twenty years ago which is good news for buyers but bad news for sellers. Modern trends favor Arts and Crafts styles with clean lines and simple forms in furniture, dishware, home decor, metalwork, and pottery. If you bought an item because a company promised that it would eventually become valuable that does not mean that it has actually increased in value.
Think about it - if everyone and their brother ran out and bought, then hoarded tons of say, Franklin Mint plates, then all decide at the same time to sell them, they will not be worth much. No one can see into the future so promises of an increase in value are meaningless. Talk to people you know who can recommend an antiques or collectibles dealer that they have done business with in the past. If you plan to sell your antique or collectible on eBay, you better know what you are doing.
You can't just show up one day hoping for a bonanza, but need to establish your own reputation as an honest and trustworthy seller, especially if you do not have a bona fide appraisal to go along with the object that you are trying to sell. Learn Album) ins and outs of ebay auctions and always use PayPal. Create a buzz for the antique that you wish to sell by hawking on other sites including social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Draw interest in your product by advertising, or writing articles about antiques, featuring the types of antiques or collectibles that you wish to sell. I know plenty of people who have arranged successful deal s on Craiglist both buying and selling.
But there are horror stories too. If you must ,arrange to meet the buyer in a public place for your own safety. Only accept cash. Of course, you can't sell a Victorian armoire and meet the buyer in the parking lot at Denny's. Well, maybe you can, but it may be a bit cumbersome and kind of ridiculous. Most consignment shops will arrange to pick up and item at your home. Pay attention to the contract and their sales practices.
Some consignment shops lower the price drastically if the item does not sell in a specified amount of time. You want to be sure that you are comfortable with the lowered price.
An auction can be a good resource if you have a large collection of smaller items or one real good item. Auction can be good for you if you want to move a piece quickly, but you might not always be happy with the price.
The Antique Liquidators Association can provide you with information on reputable firms in your area. Liquidators will help you sell large quantities of items. If you have an entire house full of goods from an inheritance or if you are downsizing, these are the people for you.
As they get a percentage of each sale, it behooves them to sell at the best price. In the case of a very valuable antique, significant art, or a historically significant antique, you may want to establish provenance. If you want to sell the piece as an important artifact, you will have to do so. Provenance means that a paper trial has followed the item throughout the years. Receipts, letters, and other documents that have been handed down along with that item will serve that purpose.
Face it, anyone can say that George Washington ate off a particular plate. Someone's say-so is not proof. Some sites claim that a photograph can show provenance. A photograph may help but to say that just because you own the same chair shown in one of Mathew Brady's Abraham Lincoln portraits does not mean that your chair is the exact one shown in the picture.
Two dollar bills have been issued since Printing stopped in due to the unpopularity of the bill. It was brought back in for the U. Another new series was printed in The two-dollar bill with Thomas Jefferson and a green seal on front; an engraving of a painting by John Trumball and Declaration of Independence on the back is a current bill.
There is a perception of the rarity of two-dollar bills. After the Bicentennial printing, people kept them as souvenirs. The collecting craze of the late 20th century encouraged hoarding of the bills as a kind of investment. Two dollar bills are often used at the horse races because the minimum bet is two dollars. Valuable two dollar bills feature a red seal and were printed between - and are valued between four and twenty dollars.
For more information about paper currency, check out the website of the U. Department of Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Old money orders are not valuable. I saw a year-old money order that was sold on eBay for about two dollars.
But if the money order is from an issuer that still exits, like the United States Post Service, Western Union, or an existing bank, contact them to see if they will honor it. The problem would be, of course, that you are not the person named on the money order. But it would be a lot of fun to personally take it to the issuer to see what they say.
You would, at the very least, cause a bit of a stir. Will the absence of the receipt of purchase reduce the resale value of the set? For the most part, provenance is for historical or significant items. Receipts and bills of sale do not matter much with most antiques or collectibles.
The value of any older item changes over time, sometimes rather quickly. What people want follows decorating trends as well. Something that was in big demand 15 years ago may not be in demand today.
The value of sterling silver also depends on the value of silver as a commodity. This to can change dramatically. Troy ounce is a measure for precious metals where 12 troy ounces equal one troy pound.
I ended up with a lot of things from my Grandmother's estate sale, a sterling silver serving platter with a red type of lion on the bottom, and I did find a very small stamp into the metal.
To this day I have not cleaned it. It's been wrapped and put up; I was told that it belonged to my Great Grandmother. Do you have advice? If I were you, I would use and display this beautiful and sentimental silver platter. The lion is the British mark that indicates your piece is sterling.
Look at the other symbols on the bottom of your platter to learn more about it. You will see several marks which will indicate who made the platter, and where it was from. As marks change over the years, you may also learn the age. Check out a site - Hallmarks of English Silver Makers' Marks and Identification to learn more about the history of your silver. Tarnish may damage sterling. Polish it slowly and gently with a gentle silver polish like Wright's which is available in many stores.
Do not use one of those chemical dips or one of those homemade dips like the one with boiling water and salt. Sometimes it looks nice when you leave a bit of tarnish in the detail work as it gives a depth to the piece.
If you chose not to display your platter, keep it away from dampness. Wrap it in a cloth made specifically for silver storage. There is something special about keeping the old things that belonged to long-gone relatives. I have some things that belonged to great grandmothers who I never met, who died before I was born.
I can handle or treasure some of the things they held dear. It's a kind of connection that can mean a lot. I found some pictures in an old album of my great grandma. In it is a post card of FDR to someone in my family.
Signed by his son Jim. I also have photo graphs of a train wreck in Nebraska. How do I find out about them? The Smithsonian Postal Museum, a site you can find online, offers a wealth of information on all things related to the Post Office including post cards, Smithsonian collections, and links to many sites on the topic.
I live in Ohio and was wondering where to begin in terms of valuing and selling my old things? I have a box of items that I think may be worth something, but I can't afford to pay an attorney at this time.
What should I do? You don't want to pay a lawyer to identify antiques. Read the article and decide on a game plan. Try to find out exactly what it is that you have. This may take some time, but research can be fun. There are many books available on a wild range of items, whether it's dishware, jewelry or whatever. I have a woodland, Enoch Wedgewood dinner set that was founded in and I wanted to know its worth? Who can I contact with regards to selling if my dinner set is an antique? Enoch Wedgewood was a cousin of the famous Josiah Wedgewood.
Inthe company was named Unicorn Pottery. Your woodland pattern is very pretty whether it is the blue and white or red and white.
I have seen the woodland pattern on etsy and ebay. The date just refers to the fact that the original company was founded in Dates on plates can also indicate when a pattern was introduced and does not reflect the date it was made. How you want to sell your dinner ware is up to you. You can go the onine route or contact a local dealer. Make sure that you have a general idea of the value first. Find a reputable dealer by asking around to see if anyone has a trusted source.
An unscrupulous dealer can easily offer you much less than is fair. The examples of the Woodland pattern that I have seen were made in the s so were not antique. Just because it is not an antique does not mean that it is not valuable. You can also try to sell at a consignment shop. I have a Bareuther cup and saucer set in gold color, made in Germany. It has a green stamp with a number. Can the stamp tell me how old my Bareuther cup and saucer is? Green stamps have been used on Bareuther porcelain several times over the years since the company was established in in Waldsasson.
In the company began to produce porcelain. The factory was destroyed during World War II but reopened in The company filed for bankruptcy in To learn more about the mark on the bottom of your cup and saucer, Google "Bareuther porcelain marks. I certainly can not tell you how valuable your things are, especially from such a vague description. When you are looking for information on any old things, it's best to be more specific.
Look at the bottom of your plates for a label or backstamp. That can help you find out more information about the plates. Use that information to learn more about your pieces online. Royal memorabilia sells like hotcakes, and there is a lot of it around. People love that stuff and save it all.
No one wants to throw the queen out! So I would not expect to earn a lot of money on either. I have a printing plate of an ad for the soda pop 7Up. It's has raised copper lettering, in very good condition and appears to have pictures from the early 40s. Is it worth anything? Those old copper printing plates are so cool! That being said, old soda advertising is a popular collectible so your plate may be worth more than the items I viewed.
Highest values are for early versions of soda made from the late s to the early s. The early versions contained lithium citrate, an altering mood drug! By the name changed to 7-Up. Of course, I can not tell you how much you would earn selling your old copper plate. The collectors market is changeable, and value can depend on the area in which you live. Shop around nearby or online to see if something similar Album) up for a comparison.
Shaw and Borden Co. You may want to look at a book on the subject:. Gold plated flatware has a thin coat of usually 14k gold. Older sets have more commodity value than newer sets sets made after the s as they used more gold. Gold plated sterling silver has more value than items made out of an inexpensive material base. Gold plated flatware sets were popular in the s and were produced in such vast quantities that they have little resale value due to the glut in the market.
To see if your particular set holds value, check out the maker's marks on the bottom of a fork. Then search for that pattern and company online to see if there is interest in it, Album). Gold plate is thin and soft so it is easy to mar. Do not wash in a dishwasher or use coarse materials to clean. Wash with a soft cloth, rinse, and gently wipe dry. I have a China vase and my 85 year old uncle says that it is worth a fortune.
How can I confirm the stamp at the base? When you say a China vase, do you mean the vase is Chinese or that it is made of china or porcelain?
When researching you need to be as specific as possible and learn as you go. You can find out about antique maker's marks by finding a copy of "Miller's Antique Marks" by Judith Miller. You can also check out marks on several online sites like Kovels or Antique Marks.
If your vase is Chinese, try the site called Gotheburg. When you say that you want to confirm the stamp does this mean that you have researched the stamp? Once you do, if you believe that the vase is very old or valuable, you can have it appraised. Do not have it appraised before you find out a bit about it. I know plenty of older folks who insist that a particular item is actually fabulous but that opinion does not make it so.
An appraiser will charge a hefty fee so you want to make sure that your piece is actually valuable before you commit yourself to that expense. I have 3 antique figurines that I would like to sell. I am not sure what they are called. Where can I go for appraisal? Before you find an appraiser for your figurines you may want to do some research. An appraiser will charge a fee that can sound quite expensive to many people.
The first thing you should do is to look at the bottom of each item. Find the manufacturer's mark. You may need a magnifying glass to see the details. Make note of the details including any images, letters, or numbers.
Describe the mark on a Google search to learn about the company that made your specific figurines. After you learn who made your pieces, find a book or site that features the products made by that company. There are tons of books out there on companies that created fine figurines.
Some are worth more than others. Meissen, for example, created fine porcelain figurines are are very valuable. Once highly collectible figurines like Hummel have lost value unless they are rare. Value depends on demand. Once Hummels were highly collectible but downsizing has created a glut on the market. I can not recommend any books because there are so many. What are your items made of - porcelain or metal if so what kind? Are they in good condition?
Any damage, cracks, repairs, or dents will decrease the value. If you decide that your items are valuable, you can find an appraiser in your area.
Contact your insurance broker, the trust manager at your bank, or check out the American Society of Appraisers for a professional in your area. How can I find the value? Your Fish and Game prints are all over the place online so you should have no trouble checking out what other people are selling and how much they cost.
Fish prints seem the most popular. Photographs and drawings present images pertaining to fish and game control, forest management, wilderness conservation and historic and recreational activities. They document forest fires and fire control, birds and animals, trails, and many other topics. The Philidelphia Print Shop Ltd. Do you have information available for a Dresden lace style figurine of a girl in a dress with a green sticker on the bottom that says Japan? If it was made in Japan then it is not Dresden.
In the 19th century up to art studios in Dresden, Germany decorated porcelain figurines. Many Americans confuse Dresden with Meissen though they are not the same. Meissen porcelain is very high quality and usually holds a very high value.
But Dresden figurines are quite pretty and can be worth in the hundreds of dollars if they are in excellent condition. The lace on the type of figure that you mention was applied to the figure by dipping real lace into porcelain slip that is liquid porcelain. Heat of the kiln burned off the lace but left a shell of porcelain creating the delicate lace-like texture.
Needless to say, that fragile lace is easily damaged. Dresden can be identified by the blue crown mark on the bottom. Such figurines should be researched as the blue crown was often reproduced by fakers and may not look exactly like the authentic marks.
During the s, manufacturers produced Dresden style figurines in Japan. These are not to be confused with the real thing. After all these years the label often has fallen off the figure. Lucky for you the label stuck. Without the label you may have whipped yourself up into a mini frenzy over your piece. I have several Victorian-style bisque porcelain figurines; two of them have numbers on them, the others have no mark. How can I tell what they are worth? While porcelain is smooth with bright colors, bisque is an unglazed porcelain sometimes called "biscuit" with a rougher surface and softer colors.
German bisque has been newly made using old molds. Older German examples are somewhat smoother than modern versions. Many German companies made bisque figurines with no mark, only an embossed number. You can usually tell the difference between German and French pieces as the German figures feature fuller faces while French pieces show finer facial features. So just because your figurines are unmarked does not mean that they are worthless. Unmarked figurines are sometimes copies produced in the Far East or Eastern Europe for customers who could not afford high quality products.
They were not intended to fool the market but to sell at lower prices, just like lower end china that mimics expensive brands. Of course there are unscrupulous people who will try to pass off copies as authentic higher end items.
Copies often have a sandy feel to the base. The gold on a modern copy is usually bright while older, high quality figurines show a duller, honey colored gold. Not all copies are clunky looking but can be quite attractive in their own right. The value of bisque figurines depends on condition, quality, and demand. Remember that the often sentimental or highly ornamental products typical of Victorian design is not highly sought after in today's market.
However, certain companies created products that may seem corny but still hold value, such as figurines and piano babies by Gebruder Heubach. You will need to take your unidentified pieces to someone in the know.
An expert often has to see an item in person and to feel the weight and surface of the piece. While you may not want to commit to a professional appraisal, you may find help from an antique dealer who sells that sort of thing. Take the figurines to several dealers to see if they can advise you. You can also have a cheap online appraisal but one can not always rely on just a photograph. Describe your figurines into a Google image search along with the number on the bottom.
Also check out Ruby Lane or Collector's weekly online for comparisons. Try this every week for awhile as inventories change quickly. What makes you think that your cookie jar is over years old? Ceramic cookie jars were produced in the USA in the s. If you are trying to learn about your item, you need to use clear terms in your description. Include the material it's made of, the size, color, and decorative features. Before you can learn the value, you need to identify the cookie jar, who made it, and its age.
The value will depend on the condition. Cracks and chips will devalue any older item. You may find it difficult to get someone else to do this work for free.
But you can do this yourself by looking at a book. Older books will not reflect current values but will help you identify your cookie jar. Look in these books to see if your piece is included:. There are many books on cookie jars, and you may find one used or you can look in your library. Then, sign up on a site like Replacements, Kovels, or Worthpoint for help in finding the value.
You can also look for online sales and check out the sold prices. A piece of china or porcelain without a mark does not mean that it is not valuable. The McKinley Tariff Act of mandated marks on all imported dishware. However many producers of fine china used back stamps before that era.
Older American pieces often have no mark. Parisian porcelain produced in Paris between and are not marked on the bottom. If you want to identify your dishware and there are no marks it may be a bit harder but not impossible.
Do some Google image searching first. Describe your piece in the simplest manner possible. Describe what it is say a platethe size platter, dinner, dessertrim decoration scalloped, gold, blueand the pattern. Patterns can be described in as few words as possible. If it's floral pattern, mention the type of flower. Are the flowers tiny or large? Mention the color of the flower. Other images may include landscapes, animals mention the kind of animala portrait, windmills, sailboats, or anything else.
If you don't find what you have, keep altering your description to make it as concise as you can. Once you identify your dishware, you can find replacement values online at Kovels, Replacements, or Worthpoint. The replacement value does not mean that you will get that stated amount if you try to sell it. My mother has a collection of at least 30 pieces of China brass. She would like to sell this collection and I have not found much info except what some pieces sell for on eBay which is surprisingly high amounts.
Would this collection be better sold as a whole? How would I find the value? Old Chinese brass objects hold most value if they are old. There are tons of overvalued pieces of Chinese brass offered on ebay and other online sites. Many sellers refer to their wares as "rare" when they are not.
Also there are many reproductions of antique brass that can be very pretty. An artificial patina can be added to new brass by using common household chemicals. According to some experts, most of the antique Chinese brass offered online is fake.
Older brass may show some wear in points of frequent contact, such as edges and handles. Look for a mark stamped on or near the bottom of the piece.
Draw the mark or take a photograph. You can then research the marks on websites like Kovels, Marks4Silver, or Antiquemarks. You can also comparison shop on Artifact. If you know a reputable antique dealer, take the brass to them and see what they will offer or if they will do an evaluation. If some appears to be very valuable you can find an appraiser. I am a big thrift shop fan and often see Chinese brass pieces. It was popular in the s. Everyone had trays, vases, and little figurines that they purchased on the cheap.
Check to make sure that the mark is underneath the glaze. In order to find the value of your items, you first need to identify what the item is. There are books that can help you with that. They can not be counted on for value as they are years out of date. Once you identify your pieces, then you can look for a current, online price guide for each individual item. Value, of course, depends on condition as well as current interest.
I have a United Airlines Friendship porcelain doll. It's still in the original box and well protected. It was manufactured by Price Products and manufactured in Taiwan. Is it worth selling? Best value is for dolls that are years old or more, in excellent condition, of high quality, or made by a well respected doll maker. During the s, a doll collecting fad increased the mass production of dolls for the collecting market. People bought the dolls as an investment. If some company produces a product that claims it will be worth more in the future, think about it.
No one can predict the future. Value is high for the unique, less for something that has been mass produced. The charm factor effects value as well. A doll that has an adorable, cute, or prettily unusual face will be worth more than an average doll. For information, join a doll collector's group like the United Federation of Doll Clubs.
You can also check out Dollreference. Look at online auction sites and check sold prices. It's funny how you can see the same doll offered for a wide variety of prices. How do you know that it is sterling silver? Most sterling is marked. Check your piece closely for hallmarks on the bottom. You may need a magnifying glass as marks can be quite small. Most sterling silver is marked. Look for the Lion Passat, or left facing lion on British sterling.
Sterling made in the U. Learn the manufacturer and the pattern. Some silver products are in higher demand than others so command a higher price. You can do this by checking out a book on silver or consulting an online site like the online encyclopedia of silver hallmarks.
You can also run some tests at home to see if it is sterling. A magnet will not be attracted to sterling silver. Try the hot water test. Fill the boat with hot tap water. If it stays hot for some time, it may be sterling. If it cools quickly, it is probably not sterling. There are other tests you can find online. The condition of your piece will affect the value. So will the price of silver in the commodity market. You can check with an online silver matching service online like Replacements.
Check out online auctions and look at sold listings. Disregard the asking price for a similar piece as anyone can ask anything for their wares in hopes of earning a high price. I have some old items that are worth something. So I would like them valued and sold do you know a good place to deal with?
You may want to think twice about having your items valued by the person who will sell it unless you already have a good relationship with the seller. An unscrupulous dealer could easily mislead you as to the value of your goods. A dealer can tell you that an item is worth little when it is actually worth a lot of money.
Of course, most dealers are not crooks, but business is business. An appraiser can identify and value your Yesterday’s Shining - Grand Prix (10) - Treasure Hunting (CD pieces.
There will be a fee, so you want to be pretty sure that your things have some value. You can learn a lot about your goods yourself before you commit to an appraisal that will cost well over one hundred dollars. Then you can move on to a dealer.
Of course, a dealer will need to cover his own costs and make a profit. So you can not expect to make the full value of an item if you sell it to a dealer. The same goes for consignment. You can find an appraiser by checking out the American Society of Appraisers or by contacting your insurance agent.
If you don't already have a relationship with an antique dealer, ask around. Ask your friends, relatives, and neighbors if they know someone you can trust. A dealer might not buy everything you have even if it is valuable. They will buy what they think they can sell. If your goods are fine antiques, or quite valuable, you will want to deal with someone who specializes in fine antiques.
There are many kinds of dealers out there who specialize in all kinds of things - dishware, furniture, artwork, primitive, European or Asian antiques, etc. This pretty dishware can be found at online sales and auction sites, usually offered as single pieces, or limited sets. But that is just the asking price. My own single plate in that pattern I have an odd collection of mismatched pieces of all types was picked up at a thrift store. The demand for floral, lacy patterns is low right now while lots of people are selling.
That means that you may find a buyer if you keep your price low. I live in Middletown, Ct and I have some rare Barbie dolls still in the box that are worth a lot. So who should I bring them to, to get looked at? The United Federation of Doll Collectors is a font of information about dolls so you may want to check out their site to learn of doll conventions and dealers.
You could sell them yourself at an online auction site. If you have a local dealer who specializes in dolls or toys you may want to talk to them. Before you attempt to sell your Barbies, learn their values. The relatively short production time means that less Lorian was produced than many other popular patterns. Before you decide to sell, check carefully for chips and cracks. Understand that during the midth-century love affair with Depression Glass lots of reproductions were made and sold as the real thing.
I can't tell you where to sell your items. If you sell directly to a collector, you will realize more money than if you sell through a dealer or at a consignment shop. If someone else sells for you, they need to reap a percentage of the sales price. Many dealers will lower prices on items if they are not sold after a certain amount of time.
You can try to sell them yourself on eBay, Etsy or another online sales site. If you decide to do that remember that you have to check the site often and package and mail the dishware. You may want to check out the National Depression Glass Association for more information. They feature a dealer directory as well as lots of information on Depression Glass. I have china that is stamped "Hawthorn. Do you have any information on this?
The Hawthorn pattern is very pretty with its delicate green leaves and white flowers. Researching the backstamps on older china can be quite time-consuming. You may want to check out the site Porcelain Marks and More to find more information. As old metal signs are very popular now, many sites offer to identify and value them. Look for a site that has information on your particular sign. Include the size of the sign in your description.
Collectors Weekly features some information on the topic. The value will depend on demand, rarity, and the condition of your piece. Many old metal signs were lost to World War II scrap drives, and many deteriorated due to weather or sloppy storage. Remember that during the collectible craze of the late 20th century, many reproductions were created as decorative pieces and were popular wall hangings in restaurants. Is a price listed on the sign? If so, it is probably not authentic.
As prices change and a sign is an expense and not easily altered, stamped or painted on prices may mean your sign is a repro. Hold a magnet to the sign. An older sign has a greater chance of actually being old if it attracts the magnet. An old sign will probably show some damage including small dents, rust marks, fading, scratches, or chips.
A tiny hole or small dent will show some rust around it. Older books will not reflect current value. If you have the sign of a product produced by a company that is still in business, you may learn some information on their website. For instance, Coca-Cola has a page on memorabilia, trays, and signage. Old cobalt glass is so pretty and can be quite collectible.
Of course, that depends on what kind of glass you have. Cobalt blue Depression glass like Aurora or Royal Lace is very desirable so can command a high price. The most expensive pieces would be the rare ones like mixing bowls or refrigerator dishes. Small vintage cobalt blue vases can be found at thrift shops for next to nothing.
So it depends on what you have. There are many modern pieces of cobalt blue glassware as well as reproductions. You must first learn to identify what it is that you have before you can access the value. Find a helpful book on Depression Glassware to learn what you have. If you mean that you have blue bottles I love those cobalt blue medicine bottles, they are so pretty here is a book that may help you:. Where would I be able to find someone to help with that? If you mean that beautiful cobalt blue, a very deep blue, your glass has a huge following.
You can identify what you have with a little investigation. Are there any marks on the bottom? Is the glass dishware, drinking glasses, or bottles?
If you have bottles, there is a ton of information out there. If you mean glassware for home use, and if it is old there are books out there for you to peruse. I have a small blue glass medicine bottle with the glass dropper still workable. Where would I go to find out the price to sell it for? Before you try to sell your old bottle, you should identify it.
Bottles, like many old things, command a variety of prices depending on the market, the condition, and rarity of the piece. Begin your search by looking at your bottle. You say that it is blue - but is it an aqua blue or cobalt? Take note of the size, the neck, any embossing, and the mold seams.
A mold seam, for instance, can help age the bottle depending on how high it goes to the shoulder, to the neck, etc. Once you can describe your bottle, then you can begin to hunt for information. Embossed bottles make it easy to identify. Companies and local druggists produced bottles with raised lettering containing information like the druggist's name or the city in which it was made. Compare prices on new and used textbooks, rentals, old editions, and international edition textbooks.
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