Costume Jewelry Hat, ca. 1950
Appraised Value: $1,500 - $2,000 (1999)
$2,000 - $3,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:33)
GUEST: I made the hat because of the pieces of jewelry that I had inherited from an aunt. And some of them are Eisenberg originals. Some are Kramer. One set is done by Lavender, which was an assistant to Chanel. I had no way of exhibiting them, and I wanted to wear them and show them so that people that collected jewelry would be fascinated by it. I wear it on very special occasions, and I thought today would be a very festive day to wear it. And I really didn't want the hat appraised, but it's ended up that way.
APPRAISER: No, I had to look at it closely. I actually wanted to show the viewers a little bit. I'm going to turn you slightly so they can see. This is by Eisenberg and it's an Eisenberg original, which is quite valuable and collectible. And then in the back here, we've got some bird pins. Most of this, of course, is paste jewelry. You're really in the tradition of great hat designers. I'm going to say that what you're wearing on your head is probably worth somewhere around $1,500 to $2,000.
APPRAISER: Yes. Do you think that's sufficient for all the work and years of collecting?
GUEST: (laughing) I can't believe it.
APPRAISER: No, I think it's great. And I hope you enjoy wearing the hat.
GUEST: I do. Thank you.
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