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    Fabergé Jade & Silver Paper Knife, ca. 1910

    Appraised Value:

    $10,000 - $20,000

    Appraised on: June 6, 2009

    Appraised in: Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Appraised by: Gloria Lieberman

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Atlantic City, Hour 3 (#1406)

    Originally Aired: February 8, 2010

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    Material: Jade, Silver, Garnet, Diamonds
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $10,000 - $20,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:56)


    Appraised By:

    Gloria Lieberman

    Skinner, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's a letter opener that my husband gave me probably about 15 years ago.

    APPRAISER: Was it for an occasion?

    GUEST: Yeah, an anniversary.

    APPRAISER: An anniversary. And what do you know about it?

    GUEST: Not a lot. I think it's jade with silver.

    APPRAISER: Good guess.

    GUEST: Possibly... Tiffany or Fabergé.

    APPRAISER: Well, what I can tell you about it is the material is actually nephrite jade. It is silver, and this is a garnet and a little diamond in the snake head.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: I would date it around 1910. I love the silver work. And the silver work, when I saw it, sort of gave away who made it.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: This is the kind of work that Fabergé did. And of course, when I turned it over, it's got the Fabergé mark.

    GUEST: I couldn't read it.

    APPRAISER: Yeah, it's tough to read. It says Fabergé, and then it's got the silver mark, the date after 1896. It doesn't have the maker. It's a small object. In a way, the silver doesn't have a place for the maker, so we don't know the maker. And that will tend to hold down the value.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: But this was a desk accessory. Fabergé made a lot of things for the table, the desk. So we're not quite sure exactly what it was, but it was certainly decorative, and it was Fabergé. I think the workmanship is beautiful. It's a very appealing piece. Do you remember what was paid for it?

    GUEST: I would say probably around $1,000. Around... 15 years ago.

    APPRAISER: Actually, that was, you know, a fair amount of money. In the market today, a conservative estimate would be $10,000 to $20,000.

    GUEST: Wow. Oh, that's fantastic.

    APPRAISER: And that would be an auction value.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: So I think you got a really nice gift.

    GUEST: Thank you.

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