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    1884 Thomas Webb & Sons "Swan's Head" Perfume Bottle

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $7,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 9, 2012

    Appraised in: Boston, Massachusetts

    Appraised by: Matthew Quinn

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Boston (#1704)

    Originally Aired: January 28, 2013

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    Form: Bottle, Case
    Material: Glass, Silver
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $5,000 - $7,000 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:38)


    Appraised By:

    Matthew Quinn
    Decorative Arts, Pottery & Porcelain

    Quinn's Auction Galleries

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I brought a goose head. It's a perfume bottle. It used to belong to my great-grandmother. She collected all sorts of glass, and this sort of made its way down the family. I was told it was cameo.

    APPRAISER: Have you ever had it appraised?

    GUEST: It was appraised in 1984, and they said it was about $900 at that point in time. So I've been keeping it sort of hid away so it doesn't get any damage.

    APPRAISER: Tucked it away for safekeeping at that point.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: It is a cameo perfume bottle.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: It's produced in England, and it does have a sterling silver lid. And if we go in, we can see a set of hallmarks here, which track us back into London in 1884. It's a very, very important English glassmaker, and it was made by a company called Thomas Webb & Sons. And they produced these swan's head.

    GUEST: Oh, it's not a goose head?

    APPRAISER: It's not a goose head, it's a swan's head. Produced these swan's head in a variety of sizes and a variety of colors.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: Ruby is one of the better colors and probably the best color. This is the 5 1/4-inch size, which is a little bit smaller than a large one. And it's great that it's in its original box. Any clue what you think it might be worth today?

    GUEST: I figured it was worth probably more than $900, but I've been told that collectible glass, people don't collect it as much as they used to. So I don't know what the value would be.

    APPRAISER: Well, there are certain things that perform still. This particular piece, if you brought it into an auction today, conservatively would be estimated between $5,000 and $7,000.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: Would not surprise me if it exceeded that number.

    GUEST: Well, thank you very much. That's amazing.

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