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    Hair Combs & Hatpins Collection

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    Appraised on: August 6, 2011

    Appraised in: Atlanta, Georgia

    Appraised by: Beth Szescila

    Category: Rugs & Textiles

    Episode Info: Atlanta, Hour 3 (#1615)

    Originally Aired: April 30, 2012

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    Form: Pin
    Material: Celluloid, Beads, Enamel, Mother of Pearl, Gold
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $2,000

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    Appraised By:

    Beth Szescila
    Decorative Arts, Rugs & Textiles
    Appraiser of Fine Art and Antiques
    Szescila Appraisal Service

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got most of them from antique shows in the Atlanta area. I've been collecting for about 25 years.

    APPRAISER: And what did you normally pay for them?

    GUEST: Anywhere between, like, $15 and $50.

    APPRAISER: Okay. Well, you have a very interesting collection of hair combs. Starting with the earliest, it's more of a hatpin. And it's from the 1860s. It's robin's egg blue beads, which were so popular-- that was the most popular color at that time. This one is about 1880. It's French, gold-filled with French enamel work and mother-of-pearl. Then about 1900, we have this one which is made to look like tortoise, but it's actually a form of celluloid and done in a Spanish colonial motif. And this would have been for a geisha girl, probably in the 1920s. It's Japanese. It came in pairs. You only have the one. And then these are hairpins from about 1920, and they are gold. You have rose gold and regular gold pins here. Most of these went out of fashion around the 1920s, when women started to wear their hair in a bob. So that ended this. This one would sell for about $125. This is about $250, about $150. If you had a pair of these, it would be $200, but it's $65. And depending on the price of gold, these are probably about $150 to $200 each. Most of these average about $65, so overall, your entire collection at an antique shop would sell for about $2,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my God.

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