Bronze Medallions, ca. 1910
Appraised Value: $3,000 (2002)
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Appraisal Video: (2:35)
GUEST: About 12, 13 years ago, a friend of mine's husband was a super of a building in New York City on the Upper West Side. And a gentleman and his wife had died recently. They were very old and lived in this building for many years. And being the super's wife, she had to go clean out the apartment because they couldn't find any family. These people had left no children, et cetera. So I went to help her clean them out, and there were wonderful things in that apartment, as you can imagine-- somebody collecting over the years-- but these really caught my eye. So as a thank you for helping her that day, she said, "If you would like to take those, you can take them," and so I did.
APPRAISER: Well, these were bronze medals, and these are circa 1900, 1920 era. These were done by fairly well-known artists.
APPRAISER: And these were put out by various museums or societies. What they did was if you belonged to the museum's founder society, you might have an opportunity to buy one of these bronzes by a famous artist for not a whole lot of money, but you helped to support the museum. This one is dated 1914, which I think is quite nice. And it has-- remember, it's in French-- the Marne, which is a famous battle in France.
APPRAISER: The First World War. This one is of Napoleon III, which I think is great. I think it's dated about 1904.
APPRAISER: This one, I like.
GUEST: I love that one.
APPRAISER: Because it's entitled, "The Magic of the Grape."
GUEST: Yeah, yeah.
APPRAISER: But this was also done by an artist by the name of Paul Manship.
APPRAISER: And Paul Manship was a famous American artist, and if you go to the Rockefeller Plaza, you'll see his very large bronze there.
GUEST: Oh, yeah! Wow!
APPRAISER: That's done by Paul Manship. You go to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, you'll see his bronzes.
GUEST: Oh, that is cool.
APPRAISER: So what do you think these are worth?
GUEST: You know, I've always kind of had in my head that maybe $50 to $75 apiece, you know, just not knowing.
APPRAISER: These are worth about $300 apiece. But this one here, that's worth about $1,000.
GUEST: Oh, my God! (laughs)
APPRAISER: That's a wonderful bronze.
GUEST: Oh, my God! And that's my favorite one.
APPRAISER: Well, it's good. So all together, you've got about a $3,000 value here.
GUEST: Oh, my God. I had no idea.
APPRAISER: Wonderful, wonderful bronze piece. Well, thank you so much. I knew there must have been a story, but I didn't expect a value. Well, thank you for bringing them in. Wonderful little collection.
GUEST: That's great, wow.
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