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    1865 Silver-Plate Fire Trumpet

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: August 13, 2011

    Appraised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Philip Weiss

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Pittsburgh, Hour 2 (#1608)

    Originally Aired: February 20, 2012

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    Form: Trumpet
    Material: Metal, Silver-plate
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $5,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:04)


    Appraised By:

    Philip Weiss
    Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia, Toys & Games

    Philip Weiss Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: It's a fire horn from my great-grandfather. He had acquired it 1865 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I did a little looking into this, and this was for a festival that was held in 1865. The New York Times said it was the most splendid and imposing organized march of the time. The actual parade itself was about 20 miles, and they calculated that if they lined up all the fire companies and firemen that were there at the time, it would have stretched about ten miles.


    GUEST: So it was a major event.

    APPRAISER: The particular company that you have was the Fairmount Section, and according to the article, the Fairmount Section paired up with a group of firemen from Washington, and they marched together. Not silver, it's silver-plated. It's just a great piece. Now, I'm assuming this is something you want to keep in the family?

    GUEST: Yeah, absolutely, yeah. It's been with us for four generations, so...

    APPRAISER: A piece like this, based on all auction records that we can find, and comparisons, I would say you'd want to insure it for around $5,000.

    GUEST: Oh, excellent, excellent.

    APPRAISER: It's a really nice piece.

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