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    World War II German POW Ship in a Bottle

    Appraised Value:

    $300 - $500 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $300 - $500 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 7, 1999

    Appraised in: Toronto, Ontario

    Appraised by: Daniel Buck Soules

    Category: Folk Art

    Episode Info: Toronto (#1828)
    Big & Little (#1320)
    Toronto (#412)

    Originally Aired: April 17, 2000

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    Form: Container, Miniature
    Material: Glass, Wood
    Period / Style: 20th Century, Second World War (WWII)
    Value Range: $300 - $500 (1999)
    Updated Value: $300 - $500 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)

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    Appraised By:

    Daniel Buck Soules
    Collectibles, Decorative Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My father picked this up during the Second World War at a prisoner-of-war camp in Ontario.

    APPRAISER: It's a German POW camp that was located here in Canada. They made these to make themselves money to buy themselves small amenities. As opposed to a typical ship in a bottle, what you see is in the background, a train going across a trestle bridge, and the train says "P.O.W." on it. There's also a village scene. It's got a little church, little street, small buildings down on the edge of the river. You've got a nice schooner going up the river. I haven't been able to find anything out on the Varga. It's a type of ship-in-a-bottle that I have not seen in the past. It's my belief that this bottle very well could bring somewhere between $300 and $500.

    GUEST: Excellent, excellent. I'm quite happy with that.



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