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QUESTION: I have a pocket watch  I want you to sell for my family.  Can you tell me something about it and the value you would hope to realize in  one of your auctions.  I am attaching a few pictures.

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ANSWER: The markings on this watch are very apparent,
E. Howard  & Co.  206511. 14K yellow gold pocket watch,  Dueber 1499973.  A very fine watch for the time period last half of the 19th century.  Dueber Co.  in Ohio made the case  and the   E. Howard Co. Boston completed the watch for sale.  The watch has a second hand sweep and with its face cover is considered a hunt case watch.  It would bring $750-1500 in one our auctions.

QUESTION : I have this diamond wedding set that I must sell from my cousins estate   can you give me some info on it and the amount that it might bring at auction?

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ANSWER:.  The Engagement Ring mounting is cast in Platinum. Ring is set with one round brilliant full cut diamond center stone. Center diamond is custom set in a 4 prong, open-back setting. Wedding Ring: Band mounting is cast in Platinum. Band is set with a total of (3x) Baguette Cut Diamonds. Diamonds are all custom set in open-back, shared bar style settings. Ring size is 8.25.  It should bring about  $10,000 at auction

 

 

CAROLYN REMMEY is the Principal Appraiser of Remmey Antiques and Fine Art, an international appraisal, personal property consulting and brokerage firm.   Carolyn Remmey is a lecturer and writer, an expert on downsizing, estate sales and auctioneering.  She has been a participating appraiser on “The Antiques Roadshow” and the “History Channel”, and is a member of the Appraisal Association of America.  She is always happy to answer your questions and inquiries.  Please mail your inquiries with photos(photos can not be returned due to the time limitations of the staff) to Carolyn Remmey Antiques and Fine Arts, P.O. Box 197, New Vernon, NJ  07976, or email to:  remmey@remmeyappraisers.com
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QUESTION:  This book is an example of a lot of books in one collection.  I was wondering if there was any value to the Diego Rivera Book that I am referring to?

ANSWER: Yes, the 1937 first edition of Portrait of America by Diego Rivera is a highly sought after book.  The artist works are held in high regard and this book contains  reproductions of his murals, some taken by photos by the photographer and fried, Walker Evans.   The book could bring $150 to $300 at auction.

QUESTION: Saw your advertisement in the 50 plus paper I pick up every month at the library and finally got around to photo these items.  Jon “inherited” these chairs from his mom who had lived in Florida. They appear to be handmade and the “material” used looks like some kind of animal skin. We have never used the chairs and are trying to purge our clutter. Jon doesn’t want to throw them out. Do you have a suggestion as to what we can do to dispose of them?  He would be happy to get $25. Each which would help with the expenses for shipping them from Florida.  Kindly advise what you think we can do.

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ANSWER: These lanai chairs are an example of designer American reproductions of a tropical country chair, perfect for southern Florida. The condition is an issue.  The canvas covers (made to look like leather) are highly soiled for resale. If you are able to clean these up you would probably get $100 to $150 for the pair right there in Florida.  They can be used inside the house as well as poolside.

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QUESTION:  I am downsizing and have to let go a lovely French roll top desk.  It is mahogany with ormolu gilt bronze mount decoration and locks  The name of the cabinet maker is engraved in a bronze plate on one of the locks.  His name is Poteau. Can u tell me what the value of this piece is ?

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ANSWER: Charles Edouard Poteau(1848-1912) was a brilliant French cabinet maker. His Louis XVI styles were and are still sought after. The roll top desk that you have is a brilliant example of his work. The signature is an authentication. The roll top desk may not be as desirable as a bureau plat but will sell because of the expert design and workmanship in the $6-8000 range. If you have any provenance as to the line of ownership, that will enhance the value.

QUESTION: I have a Bechstein ebonized baby grand piano.  Can I sell this if I have a receipt showing that it was made in 1912 with the ivory keys at that time?  What would be the value be?

ANSWER: This is a very tricky question. The paperwork that you have from a reputable dealer is appropriate and can be sold in some states because
The Federal government requirements would have been met with this receipt.  However,  New Jersey and New York still will not allow the sale.
If the value of the piano is great, then you can discard the ivory keys and
Have composition keys made. You can find the guidelines in both gov.org
Websites. As is, the piano has no value!

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Jun

01

2016

What is the value? May 2016

Trash, Treasures & Trends!

with Carolyn Remmey

QUESTION: I follow your “trash or treasure” column in the newspaper. I have this beautiful vase which was handed down to my mother from her mother. It is in perfect condition and measures 7″ x 7″. I’ve attached pictures including the bottom which says “hand painted…Nippon.” I would love to find more information and perhaps its value. Thank you for your time.

ANSWER: From 1891 to 1921 the U S tax laws dictated the marks on imported ceramics. Nippon was the mark stamped on Japanese ceramics during that period. In 1921 it was changed to Made in Japan as prescribed by the tax law. These beautiful Japanese ceramics still flourish; however, the popularity of this with the young buying generation is not there just as it is with a lot of antiques. The vase in your picture is probably more sentimental in value than of monetary value. It would bring under $100 in one of my sales.

QUESTION: For a few years now as I sat in the waiting area of South Mountain arena for my granddaughter to finish her training on the ice, I immediately headed for the “50 Plus Monthly” copy of the newspaper. It was the page with your article I sought out first. So, it is this morning I write to you for some guidance. The first statement made that struck me in your article was that the changing trends are dictating a more modern look. Well, what I have available for sale are in no ways modern. For instance: stained glass window, secretary with drop down desk, oak circular kitchen table with claw-bowled feet and four kitchen chairs piano playing rolls glass paneled cabinet, old SINGER sewing machine with a cabinet.

ANSWER: I get letters from readers so much a like these days. There are so many people downsizing across the country that the market is flooded with furniture and decorative items. Unfortunately with this large market of we are also realizing that a large number of antiques and used items are not appealing to the younger buyer, therefore, prices are very low. The stain glass window and Singer sewing machine would be priced under $100 each, and the oak table/chairs and secretary with the fall front desk would be price at $300 each in one of my sales.

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21

2016

What is the Value? April 2016

Trash, Treasure or Trend?

by Carolyn Remmey

My mother gave this painting to me a few years ago. It is an oil measuring approximately 23 x 17 1/2 not including the frame.  It is signed and dated by William H Bartlett 1878.  I am very curious to know its value. Thanks so much for your help. 

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