Late 19th-Century Pair of Mounted Urns
Appraised Value: $5,000 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (2:30)
Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
Antique Dealer & Certified Appraiser
APPRAISER: These certainly look like porcelain. Do you agree?
GUEST: Yes, I know.
APPRAISER: They're actually glass.
APPRAISER: So can you tell me where you bought these?
GUEST: I bought them at an auction about 20 years ago in Cincinnati.
APPRAISER: And do you collect this type of thing, or...
GUEST: Yes, I'm a glass collector.
APPRAISER: A glass collector. We have here continental vases or urns in beautiful bronze stands. There's marks on the bottom. I'm going to lift this up. It might be a little bit heavy. Yeah, there's that base. There we go. And if we turn it over, we can see the date "January 1872," which I totally agree with that date. This is late 19th century, roughly.
APPRAISER: But we also see part of a mark. And you believe that mark is...?
APPRAISER: Baccarat. I am saying continental because we can't see the entire mark. Now, one of them has some damage, and it's been restored over here.
GUEST: That's right.
APPRAISER: The damage is near the top, and it's almost a little V-shaped piece that was out, and it's extremely hard to see it. You bought them though as a damaged piece?
APPRAISER: You would never separate the pair. You have trees over here that match trees over here. It's a courting scene, the ladies and the gentlemen courting. I feel they're French, very good chance that they're Baccarat. But to actually authenticate them as Baccarat, I would want to reserve that for a little more research.
GUEST: Yeah, that's fine.
APPRAISER: Now what did you pay for them?
GUEST: $250. For the two.
APPRAISER: It's my opinion that as a pair, I would put a retail value of $5,000.
GUEST: I'm delighted with that, okay.
APPRAISER: Pretty good, I'd say.
GUEST: For a $250 investment.
APPRAISER: For $250, pretty good. If they were perfect, it'd be close to double that price. If we could prove that they're Baccarat, there would be a percentage change, 20% more, 30% more, something like that.
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