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    Mahogany Knife Box, ca. 1800

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $8,000

    Appraised on: August 14, 2004

    Appraised in: Reno, Nevada

    Appraised by: John Hays

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Tasty Treasures (#1520)
    Reno, Hour 3 (#912)

    Originally Aired: April 11, 2005

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    Form: Box
    Material: Mahogany, Pine
    Period / Style: Federal
    Value Range: $5,000 - $8,000

    Update 11.14.2011:

    We contacted appraiser John Hays for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $5,000 - $8,000 (Unchanged)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)


    Appraised By:

    John Hays
    Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Paintings & Drawings, Silver
    Deputy Chairman

    Appraisal Transcript:

    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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