Late 17th-Century Everardus Bogardus Silver Basin
Appraised Value: $4,000 - $6,000 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:23)
GUEST: This is something that my grandparents bought back in 1925, and used it as a vegetable dish.
APPRAISER: As a vegetable dish. That's very interesting. It's by a New York silversmith called Everardus Bogardus. He worked there in the late 17th century, and he was of Dutch extraction.
APPRAISER: This is probably designed to be used in a church, probably as a basin for holy water, for christenings, that sort of thing.
GUEST: So much for the vegetable dish.
APPRAISER: So much for the vegetable dish indeed. If we turn it over, I'll show you the mark. Here, it says "E.Bogardus." What's interesting about this mark is that he signed it with his full name. He usually used just the initials "E.B."
APPRAISER: So this makes it a little bit more unusual. It's of quite plain form, which is typical of pieces of this period. You know, they were functional, they weren't overly ornamented. Especially if they're for use in churches.
APPRAISER: It was kind of quite plain, quite simple. Pieces by him don't come to auction very often.
APPRAISER: No. It's going to be rare because it's late 17th century. And so, at auction, I would say as a conservative estimate I would put $4,000 to $6,000 on it now.
GUEST: All right, great!
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