Weller Skull Humidor
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $3,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:59)
Paintings & Drawings, Pottery & Porcelain
Humler & Nolan
APPRAISER: Rob, you brought us a very scary and interesting piece of, uh, Weller Pottery, Weller being one of the many art potteries that operated in the Zanesville, Ohio, area, about 30 miles east of here. And, uh, you actually have an interesting history being a member of the Weller family, going back many years.
GUEST: Right. My, uh, great grandfather was a second cousin of Sam Weller, who started the pottery.
APPRAISER: And your father had an interest in collecting Weller pottery and...
GUEST: He's collected Weller pottery for about 30 years. And he went to an estate sale, about 20 years ago, and purchased this piece of Dickens Ware for $85.
APPRAISER: This is a humidor. What would be the function of it?
GUEST: Well, whoever owned it, stored their smoking tobacco in it.
APPRAISER: You think this could be a commentary on not smoking?
GUEST: That would be a good commentary I think.
APPRAISER: He is a very scary fellow. Besides being a skull, he actually has a small skull as the finial on the top. We can see the marking, very simple. It says Dickens Weller, this being one of several humidors that Weller produced over the years. And you can see the opening in the top where you can put a sponge to keep the tobacco moist. This one happens to be the rarest of all the humidors. From what I understand, there might be only five or six of these known to exist. And because of the great rarity, not to mention the scariness of it, I would say that this piece would probably sell in the $2,000 to $3,000 range today.
GUEST: You're kidding?
APPRAISER: He is, uh, quite unique, quite interesting. I don't think I'd want to meet him in a dark alley.
APPRAISER: But as a Weller piece, he's quite a rarity.
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