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    Wedgwood Jasperware High-heel Shoes

    Appraised Value:

    $400 - $600 (1997)

    Updated Value:

    $300 (2012)

    Appraised on: July 19, 1997

    Appraised in: Phoenix, Arizona

    Appraised by: Andrew Cheney

    Category: Rugs & Textiles

    Episode Info: Phoenix (#1622)
    Unique Antiques (#1120)

    Originally Aired: November 19, 2007

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    Form: Shoes
    Material: Ceramic
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $400 - $600 (1997)
    Updated Value: $300 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:07)


    Appraised By:

    Andrew Cheney

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: These are a superb pair of ladies' leather shoes made by Rayne in England. However, if we turn them over, we notice that the heel is actually made of Wedgwood Jasperware. They're quite remarkable, and something, perhaps, to point out, that these people are by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen. So I think that perhaps reflects a little bit on the quality of these things. Absolutely charming. Tell me about how you came by these.

    GUEST: Well, I found these at a yard sale in Phoenix.

    APPRAISER: You did, really, and how much did you pay for them?

    GUEST: Well, I... between five and ten dollars. I think it was eight dollars.

    APPRAISER: Somewhere between five and ten dollars. Amazing. We should be looking for Cinderella who we could at least throw these to. It's like a glass slipper, absolutely fantastic. The marking says "Wedgwood, made in England" so they're really not very old at all but something that I really think a Wedgwood collector would be seriously interested in. Let me tell you a little bit about Wedgwood Jasperware. This is the typical Wedgwood blue that we find, and this white relief decoration of a dancing nymph would have been molded and then applied onto that heel before it's finally fired and then transformed into this marvelous ladies' shoe. You paid between five and ten dollars. Did you, when you bought them, think that they might be worth a little more than that, perhaps?

    GUEST: Well, yeah, I did, because I know Wedgwood and I know they were Jasperware heels so I thought that they might be worth more, but...

    APPRAISER: Right. You must have had some rough idea, perhaps.

    GUEST: You know, like $65 or $70.

    APPRAISER: About $65 or $70. Well, I hope you're going to be very surprised. I would think that these very unusual pieces, if they were to come up at auction, would fetch somewhere between $400 and $600.

    GUEST: What a lovely investment!

    APPRAISER: So, a wonderful addition to any lady's closet, I must say.

    GUEST: Well, thank you.

    APPRAISER: Thank you for bringing them along.

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