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    Leather Key Basket, ca. 1850

    Appraised Value:

    $20,000 - $30,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $8,000 - $12,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 28, 1998

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: Carolyn Remmey

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1727)
    Richmond (#301)

    Originally Aired: January 18, 1999

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    Form: Basket
    Material: Leather
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $20,000 - $30,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $8,000 - $12,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:34)

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    Appraised By:

    Carolyn Remmey


    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I have admired this little basket at my mother-in-law's house for many years and once saw something about one similar in the paper and thought maybe it would be a good item to bring down to see what its value is.

    APPRAISER: And what did they say in the paper about the basket similar to yours?

    GUEST: Well, I think it said it might be worth, like, $2,000.

    APPRAISER: What you have here is a leather hand-embossed basket. It's called a key basket. And they're very typical for Southern states. These are very typical around the 1850s. And for that time, this basket's in very good condition. You'll see all the embossed figures, hearts and stars that are very typical American. And on one side, there was also the initials "C.W.," which is probably a family member. It's got embossing on the bottom, too, which is quite lovely. And these were kept in Colonial homes to keep their keys in it. Have you got any value in mind for this?

    GUEST: Just from seeing that little photograph in that article in the paper, you know, maybe $2,000.

    APPRAISER: Well, I have to tell you, there was an auction in the last two years up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of these baskets sold for quite a high amount. It was $30,000.

    GUEST: No!

    APPRAISER: And we think that this definitely is worth $20,000 to $30,000.

    GUEST: Oh, I will take better care of it.




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