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    14K Gold Mesh Purse, ca. 1905

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $5,000

    Appraised on: July 23, 2011

    Appraised in: Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Appraised by: Virginia Salem

    Category: Jewelry

    Episode Info: Tulsa, Hour 1 (#1601)

    Originally Aired: January 2, 2012

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    Form: Purse
    Material: Gold, Glass
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $5,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:13)


    Appraised By:

    Virginia Salem


    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This was a purse from my great-grandmother. I don't know much about it. I've had it in a drawer in my dresser for a long time.

    APPRAISER: Well, I would date it to about 1905 to 1910, thereabouts.

    GUEST: Okay, cool.

    APPRAISER: It's set in 14-karat gold mesh.

    GUEST: Oh, wow, I wasn't sure.

    APPRAISER: The whole piece is 14-karat.

    GUEST: Oh.

    APPRAISER: When you brought it up to the table, I opened it up and saw this great little powder puff in there.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: With a little mirror as well. And you still have the original powder in there.

    GUEST: Yeah, that's what I thought was so cool.

    APPRAISER: It's so sweet and it's just a pink little silk bow on the top. And then the other side opens up to reveal the pouch.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: Do you have any idea as to its value?

    GUEST: I have none.

    APPRAISER: Okay.

    GUEST: I almost wasn't going to bring it.

    APPRAISER: Well, it is 14-karat gold.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: And a little bit about gold right now... In 2009, gold was at about $900 an ounce. Today, in 2011, it's reached about $1,600 an ounce.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness.

    APPRAISER: So it's up considerably. And that really does affect its value.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: So, auction value, I would say between $3,000 and $5,000.

    GUEST: Okay, wow.

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