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    Egyptian Revival Pin, ca. 1920

    Appraised Value:

    $1,000 - $1,500 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $1,000 - $1,500 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 8, 1998

    Appraised in: Rochester, New York

    Appraised by: Virginia Salem

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Rochester (#1724)
    Rochester (#307)

    Originally Aired: March 22, 1999

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    Form: Pin
    Material: Agate, Enamel
    Period / Style: 1920s, Art Deco, 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,000 - $1,500 (1998)
    Updated Value: $1,000 - $1,500 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:08)


    Appraised By:

    Virginia Salem


    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I bought it from an antique dealer about three years ago for $75.

    APPRAISER: Okay.

    GUEST: And I just love Egyptian things. And I did try to do research, and I believe it's from the Egyptian Revival period, 1910 or 1920. And I thought I traced it to a French artist.

    APPRAISER: You did a little bit of research, which is correct. It is certainly from the Art Deco period, which is around 1920. One side is brownish orange.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And the other side is white.

    GUEST: Uh-huh.

    APPRAISER: That is one piece of agate. And it's been carved most likely in Germany, in Idar-Oberstein, where a lot of stone carvers are from, and still train to this day.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: The headdress is set with polychrome enamel and most likely was made in America, so they would have shipped the stone from Germany to America and made the headdress around it. And it's a lovely enamel, green and blue enamel colors, and more colors on the top of the headdress. There was a fascination with Egyptians, with the tombs being opened and discovered in Egypt, so they were doing a lot of motifs after that style in the Art Deco period. I would say the value well exceeds your $75.

    GUEST: Yeah. Do you know who did it? Is there...

    APPRAISER: Well, unfortunately, it's not signed. And on the stem it would have been hallmarked. And I attribute it to an American designer, an American maker, because it is not hallmarked. If it was French, it would have been hallmarked with the export gold mark. Therefore, I would say just on its decorative value, which is very desirable-- enamel is very desirable right now, as well as Egyptian revival, so you have two great styles that are doing quite well on the market-- I would say its auction estimate is between $1,000 and $1,500.

    GUEST: Great!

    APPRAISER: Yeah. So you got a great buy.

    GUEST: Good.

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