French Paste & Silver Brooch, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $800 - $1,200 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:38)
GUEST: My mother bought it at a rummage sale in New Jersey 40 years ago. And about ten years after that, she took it to an antique show and asked a jeweler about it. And what she remembers the jeweler saying was that it was from France. He thought maybe 18th century. And used the word "paste" describing the stones or something, but I really have no idea what that means.
APPRAISER: Paste is actually glass. So these particular stones were made to look like diamonds. It is something that would have been referred to as a maquette. This was probably a model that was made out of paste and silver for a piece that would later be made in diamonds and platinum.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: So it's quite special in that respect. We don't see a lot of these in existence anymore.
APPRAISER: The gentleman whom your mother spoke with was correct in that the piece is French. It has French hallmarks that indicate silver. I think there was a little discrepancy potentially with the 18th century comment. I would personally date this to probably about 1890.
APPRAISER: How much did your mother pay for this piece when she purchased it?
GUEST: She said five dollars. Five dollars.
APPRAISER: Well, despite the fact that there is one stone that's fallen out, which you do kindly have in the box, fantastic, this piece in the marketplace today would be worth upwards of $800 to $1,200.
GUEST: Yay. That's great.
APPRAISER: Congratulations. It's spectacular.
GUEST: Thank you.
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