French Glass and American Metalwork Daum Ewer, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $4,000
IMAGE: 1 of 1
Appraisal Video: (3:15)
Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Antique Dealer & Certified Appraiser
APPRAISER: I would like to ask you where you acquired this piece.
GUEST: In, America, in, um, what you call estate sale. And, uh, it was very black. Very, very black and I always feel I know underneath what it will be. So then I, uh, look and underneath I saw it came from France.
GUEST: And being French then of course I,
APPRAISER: --you immediately...
GUEST: I knew the-- Its beautiful quality.
APPRAISER: Can you share with us what you paid for it?
GUEST: You won't believe it. Well, it was more than 45 years ago.
GUEST: And I bought it for $50. $50, 45 years ago.
APPRAISER: Yes. Well, that was a lot of money 45 years ago.
APPRAISER: Yes. Well, you already know that it is a Daum piece. And if we turn this, this way... we can see the Daum Nancy--
APPRAISER: --and the cross of Lorraine.
GUEST: Yes. Right.
APPRAISER: Fantastic. They were one of the top cameo glass companies in the world.
APPRAISER: It's highly desired today. It was collectable 40 years ago, but not like it is today. The unusual part about this piece, is that it has sterling fixtures. And we see here a hallmark and that is the Gorham factory--
GUEST: Oh, yes.
APPRAISER: --in the United States. Yes. So you have a French glass and then you have an American fixture.
APPRAISER: And the glass is acid-cut back, cameo, with fire-polished floral decoration and gilded highlights. They experimented for a long time to get this gold gilding, and that happened about 1890. The piece would be in that 1890 to 1920s time period.
APPRAISER: Now, you mentioned that it was black when you found it.
APPRAISER: How long ago did you clean it?
GUEST: At least 15 years ago, something like that.
APPRAISER: Well, I'd like you, when you get home, to get your little silver polish out and shine that up. Now, we see these vases in this pattern and they're not great big prices for a vase.
GUEST: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.
APPRAISER: However, when you add on that you have a wonderful silver factory with beautiful decorations of flowers, and you consider the work that went in to putting these two pieces together in two different countries.
GUEST: Right, that's really fascinating.
APPRAISER: If I had this in a nice fine antique show, I would have it priced between $3,000 and $4,000. I want to thank you so much for bringing it.
GUEST: Oh, thank you. Wow, I can't believe it.
This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2014 WGBH Educational Foundation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.