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    Tin Baby Nurser, ca. 1850

    Appraised Value:

    Appraised on: August 21, 2004

    Appraised in: Portland, Oregon

    Appraised by: Marybeth Keene

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Greatest Gifts (#1620)
    Portland (#914)

    Originally Aired: April 25, 2005

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    Form: Bottle
    Material: Metal, Tin
    Period / Style: 19th Century
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    Appraisal Video: (1:08)


    Appraised By:

    Marybeth Keene
    Decorative Arts, Folk Art

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: I have not seen one of these in ages. It's a baby nurser, or a baby feeder, and the baby would suck it out through this little hole. The tin is soldered together, and it's really, really, really smooth, and it's never been tampered with.

    GUEST: No.

    APPRAISER: And the handle has a little rolled edge on it right here. It has great patina. But it's such a rare object.

    GUEST: Well, I love it.

    APPRAISER: And how did you get it?

    GUEST: Oh, a friend of mine gave it to me for a hostess gift...

    APPRAISER: What a lucky person you are!

    GUEST: I thought so, too! At my Christmas luncheon.

    APPRAISER: Do you have any idea of what it's worth?

    GUEST: Well, some years ago I read a little article and it said $495, or more than that.

    APPRAISER: I think it's definitely gone up in value, and I think anybody would be thrilled to be able to purchase this for, you know, $800 to $1,200.

    GUEST: Well, fantastic.

    APPRAISER: Yeah, it's wonderful.

    GUEST: It's not for sale, but I love it and I love the person who gave it to me.

    APPRAISER: What a terrific object! You are very lucky and have good friends.

    GUEST: I do.

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