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    Stanhope Photograph Pocket Knife, ca. 1890

    Appraised Value:

    $50 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 10, 2013

    Appraised in: Kansas City, Missouri

    Appraised by: Mark Moran

    Category: Decorative Arts

    Episode Info: Kansas City (#1811)

    Originally Aired: April 7, 2014

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    Form: Knife
    Material: Mother of Pearl
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $50 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:44)


    Appraised By:

    Mark Moran
    Collectibles, Folk Art

    Appraisal Transcript:
    APPRAISER: You've got a pocket knife there, but it's not really just an ordinary pocket knife, is it?

    GUEST: Uh, no. There's a Stanhope lens right in the middle right here, and the name of the man in the lens, his name is Russell E. Gardner, and he made cars with his sons, and during the war, he sold out to General Motors.

    APPRAISER: And he made buggies. And he was really, really good at it. And because he was so good at it, he was, I guess you could say, immortalized in a Stanhope. And I'm so glad that you know about Stanhopes. The Stanhope is this tiny, tiny little lens right in the middle of the knife. Now, when you first got it, did you know that it was a Stanhope?

    GUEST: No. I thought it was just something to hold up the sides. I mean, I didn't know what the heck it was.

    APPRAISER: And then when you discovered what it was, you did a little research and you found out that Stanhopes are these little microscopic pictures and you find them in all sorts of things. Stanhopes have been around for well over a hundred years. Did you know that? They were invented many, many years ago. And some people own things like this their whole lives and never realize that what they have is a Stanhope. So, this is a wonderful little pocket knife. It's in pretty darn good condition. It's all covered in mother-of-pearl. Nice and shiny. And I think a Stanhope pocket knife like this is worth about $50. What do you think?

    GUEST: Pretty good.

    APPRAISER: Pretty good?

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