Iroquois Tea Cozy, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $2,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:15)
GUEST: I saw it at an antique store in Paradise, California. I loved the colors and the beadwork, but I didn't really know much about it.
APPRAISER: What is it?
GUEST: Well, the tag said it was a tea cozy, but it's pretty big. It's a big teapot.
APPRAISER: It's a tea cozy, and it fit over a big teapot, the biggest one I've ever seen. This is from the eastern side of the Great Lakes, probably made between 1880 and 1910. They did copies of European things, and if you look on this, there are thistles all over it, Scottish thistles, and these had become known as Indian whimsies. The beadwork is sometimes called clump beadwork or cluster beadwork, because it's beaded on top of itself, so it creates a dimension. And this has got to be the most spectacular piece of beadwork from the Great Lakes I have ever seen in my life. I mean, this is just over the top, and the fact that it's a European form, they knew who their market was. What did you pay for it?
APPRAISER: Oh, man, $65? Are you kidding me? Well, it's worth about two grand.
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