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    1925 Punch Pot

    Appraised Value:

    $400 - $500

    Appraised on: July 14, 2007

    Appraised in: San Antonio, Texas

    Appraised by: Nicholas Dawes

    Category: Pottery & Porcelain

    Episode Info: Tasty Treasures (#1520)
    San Antonio, Hour 3 (#1209)

    Originally Aired: March 24, 2008

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    Form: Vessel
    Material: Ceramic
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $400 - $500

    Update 11.14.2011:

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

    • Current Appraised Value: $400 - $500 (Unchanged)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:20)


    Appraised By:

    Nicholas Dawes
    Decorative Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
    Vice President of Special Collections
    Heritage Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: Well, when you walked in with this, I heard a couple of people say and the crew right here were saying, "You can get a lot of tea out of that. It's the biggest teapot I've ever seen."

    GUEST: Yes, yes.

    APPRAISER: But do you know what it is? Because it's not a teapot.

    GUEST: Oh, really?

    APPRAISER: No, ma'am.

    GUEST: I keep tea bags in it.

    APPRAISER: Well... well, that's as good a use of it as any. But let's see what it says here. "Another little drink won't do us any harm."

    GUEST: That's what caught my eye.

    APPRAISER: Well, that's not talking about tea. It's talking about what this is designed to serve, which is punch, alcoholic punch.

    GUEST: I see.

    APPRAISER: And when I first saw this, I thought, "Oh, this is a great Victorian punch pot." I thought it was probably made in the 1860s or '70s or something like that. But then if we look at this verse on the other side, it tells us "present to a friend, 1925," which is quite unusual. That's very late for this type of thing. And I think it's got some value. How much did you pay for it when you got it?

    GUEST: I paid $75 in an estate sale in Fredericksburg.

    APPRAISER: Okay. Well, I think you made a nice buy, because in a good-quality shop, it would have to be at least $400 or $500.

    GUEST: You're kidding.

    APPRAISER: Oh, yeah.

    GUEST: Oh, well, thank you. That's exciting.

    APPRAISER: No, you keep your tea bags in it. I think that's perfect.

    GUEST: Well, maybe I'll let them ferment a little.

    APPRAISER: Yeah.

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