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    Taxco Silver Necklace & Bracelet, ca. 1950

    Appraised Value:

    $1,500 - $2,000

    Appraised on: August 9, 2003

    Appraised in: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Appraised by: Joyce Jonas

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Oklahoma City, Hour 2 (#808)

    Originally Aired: February 23, 2004

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    Form: Necklace, Bracelet
    Material: Silver
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,500 - $2,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:26)


    Appraised By:

    Joyce Jonas

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: Our church had a rummage sale in the basement. And the woman in charge said that someone had brought in a whole box of things and these were at the bottom. And she said she didn't want the appraisers to get the best things, so would I be interested? And I said, "Of course." And she said, "Well, five dollars." And I said, "Well, I really don't have five dollars." And I looked in my purse, and I had three. And she said, "Okay, they're yours." After I bought it, I wore it to church every Sunday for a month because I thought, "Well, whoever gave this will recognize it and come up to me and I can thank her properly for it." But no one ever did.

    APPRAISER: Well, you know that they're Mexican silver.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: You know that they're from Taxco.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And about 1950 was when they were made. Now, this is made by Lopez. He was the maker of both the necklace and the bracelet. It's beautifully designed. It's really, really wearable. And I wanted to just flip this over so that people could see the Taxco hallmark on the necklace. And there is the name "Lopez,Taxco, 980," which is a very, very high silver. And it just lays so beautifully. It just fits the contours of the neck. And the bracelet is also very special. This is a matching bracelet, but what's unusual about this is this spring mechanism. There's also a hallmark in there, and it's the same Lopez hallmark. And because the market now is so hot, the value of all of these things is going up and will continue to go up. Do you have any idea what your three-dollar purchase might be worth today-- the necklace and the bracelet together?

    GUEST: Oh, I... I really don't. I... I know it's worth more than three dollars. I knew that when I bought it, but, no, I have no idea.

    APPRAISER: What would you say if I told you somewhere between $1,500 to $1,800, possibly $2,000?

    GUEST: Oh, that would really be wonderful.

    APPRAISER: Do you think your investment paid off?

    GUEST: I think it did. Well, maybe now someone will see me on the ROADSHOW from the church and say, "That was mine."

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