Glass Decanter & Stem Set

Value (2005) | $4,500 Insurance$5,000 Insurance

GUEST:
I got it about 30 years ago. There was an elderly gentleman that lived in San Jacinto. And he had an antique shop, and, um, he didn't have a family, and he just kind of adopted me. And, uh, the very best of what he had, that he thought was his best, he wanted me to have.

APPRAISER:
Well, it's probably Baccarat glass, but in order to prove that, we would have to see the line drawings. It also leans towards a nice Bohemian glass. Either way, values and styles are pretty much the same. Now, what you have here is a tall stem, and this is all heavy gilt work, along with heavy enameling. This is also a stemmed wine, a short wine. And again, all the gilt work-- it's all matching, they're just perfect condition. This is the champagne. A little flatter, lower. All the way through, the pattern carries. That is the finger bowl and under plate. But today, one would use it for more of a dessert. You have a handled decanter and a stoppered decanter. And if you notice, you have two different stop tops.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
That's so when they're out of the bottle, you could remember which one goes in which.

GUEST:
Oh.

APPRAISER:
The one on the end is missing a stopper, and I'm guessing that that's a little cordial, or a little liqueur. Now, generally, these come in a huge set. Do you have more?

GUEST:
Yes. Originally, I had 27 pieces. My husband was helping me one day before a party, and he knocked a glass shelf out.

APPRAISER:
Oops.

GUEST:
And nine of them broke.

APPRAISER:
Oops.

GUEST:
Yeah. Oops. So... Maybe I shouldn't know how big an oops. (both laughing)

APPRAISER:
Well, these were made in about 1870s, 1880s, and again, I would lean towards Baccarat, and since I can't see the other pieces that are available...

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
The pieces that are here on the table, for insurance, would be in the $4,500 to $5,000 range.

GUEST:
Ooh.

APPRAISER:
So, I hope the oops wasn't...

GUEST:
Yeah. Well, he's an antique, too, so I have to keep him.

APPRAISER (laughing): Oh, that's great. One thing about this is, you would not be able to replace this very easily, so cherish what you have left.

GUEST:
And keep my husband away from it. Well, just make sure he uses all the bubble wrap.

APPRAISER:
Yeah. There you go.

GUEST:
Well, that's wonderful. Thank you very much.

APPRAISER:
Thank you.

GUEST:
That's nice.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2005)
$4,500 Insurance$5,000 Insurance
Event
Los Angeles, CA (August 13, 2005)
Period
19th Century

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