Continental Silver Pheasant Table Ornament, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $5,000
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Appraisal Video: (1:41)
Sarah Shinn Pratt
GUEST: That particular item has traveled to probably five cities and been on fireplaces everywhere I've been. I got it for $500 35 years ago.
GUEST: In Evanston, Illinois, at a house sale. I almost got divorced over it at the time, for 500 bucks for a silver bird, but I liked it and that's why I've kept it all this time.
APPRAISER: Okay, well, first of all, it's a magnificent centerpiece. It would be a wonderful thing on anybody's dinner table. When you look for marks, first by pulling off the head, you can see some continental marks, right here.
APPRAISER: And these are very typical pseudo marks, probably from Germany. They don't really help us date it, but the import marks into London, which we find right here...
APPRAISER:...indicate that it was imported into London in 1904.
APPRAISER: And it is sterling. So, otherwise they wouldn't allow it to be carrying the import marks into London, which had very strict sterling standards. So I've seen a lot of pheasant table ornaments...
APPRAISER:...in my day, but not anything this size. If this were at a well-advertised auction, it would probably bring about $4,000 to $5,000.
GUEST: All right.
APPRAISER: It's very unusual. The size and the quality of the workmanship is exceptional.
GUEST: Well, that... I'll tell you what, it was worth $500. It's a beautiful piece, isn't it?
APPRAISER: It's gorgeous.
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