Mahogany Knife Box, ca. 1800
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $8,000
IMAGE: 1 of 2
We contacted appraiser John Hays for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.
• Current Appraised Value: $5,000 - $8,000 (Unchanged)
Appraisal Video: (1:00)
Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Paintings & Drawings, Silver
GUEST: This box was a piece that I inherited. My grandparents were originally from Boston, and it's from a pair.
APPRAISER: Federal sideboards in America had these boxes that were made for them in which to hold your cutlery. What's so exciting about your box is that you said it's one of a pair. And then this one is even rarer, because it's American. The secondary wood is North American white pine, and if you look along the base, you see this sawtooth inlay decoration which is very typical of Boston, which is where you said your family came from. This single knife box, by itself, would be worth $5,000 to $8,000, but a pair would bring $20,000 to $30,000.
GUEST: Oh... (laughing) Where's a Kleenex? Oh, my God.
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