A.E. Tile Co. Panel, ca. 1920
Appraised Value: $1,500 - $2,000 (1999)
$1,000 - $1,500 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (2:12)
GUEST: When we bought our house about five years ago, this was hanging over the fireplace in the family room.
APPRAISER: And it wheels here? It rolls?
GUEST: Yeah, it has... it has caster wheels that the previous owner had it mounted on a rail and he could move it back and forth to access the electrical panels and the chimney flue-- that kind of thing-- from the fireplace.
APPRAISER: That is so... I've never heard about that. That's really great.
GUEST: Yeah, he was a pretty ingenious guy, I guess.
APPRAISER: Yeah. This panel is really interesting because it was made by the American Encaustic Tile Company of Zanesville, Ohio, which is very close by.
GUEST: Oh, yeah, yeah.
APPRAISER: It's unusual because of its large size but also because of the size of the tiles that make it.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: Usually if you have a large panel made up of tiles, they're all six inches, almost all the time.
GUEST: Six-inch square?
APPRAISER: Six-inch square. And so these are like a very '20s type of size.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: And also because it's not decorated in the customary Victorian American encaustic type of style which is molded, which you usually see. This is hand-painted in the Delft style.
GUEST: In the Delft style, okay.
APPRAISER: And I don't know if you're familiar with Delft. It's a city in Holland. They've been producing pots and tiles and mostly tin-glazed in blue and white, just like this.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: So this is America Encaustic's version of the very famous Delft tiles that have been exported all over the world for centuries. So it's a really nice statement.
APPRAISER: And you told me that this small tile here comes off, right?
APPRAISER: And we can see a mark back here. So I'm going to show this here, right here. And that says "A.E. Tile Co."
GUEST: Yes, yes.
APPRAISER: For the American Encaustic Tile Company.
GUEST: Hmm, interesting.
APPRAISER: And because this panel is so large, I would value this at somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000.
GUEST: Hmm, not bad.
APPRAISER: Not bad at all.
GUEST: Not bad for something that was hanging in your basement. (chuckles)
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