Continental Silver Pheasant Table Ornament, ca. 1900

Value (2008) | $4,000 Auction$5,000 Auction

GUEST:
That particular item has traveled to probably five cities and been on fireplaces everywhere I've been. I got it for $500 35 years ago.

APPRAISER:
Where?

GUEST:
In Evanston, Illinois, at a house sale. I almost got divorced over it at the time, for 500 bucks for a silver bird, but I liked it and that's why I've kept it all this time.

APPRAISER:
Okay, well, first of all, it's a magnificent centerpiece. It would be a wonderful thing on anybody's dinner table. When you look for marks, first by pulling off the head, you can see some continental marks, right here.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
And these are very typical pseudo marks, probably from Germany. They don't really help us date it, but the import marks into London, which we find right here...

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
...indicate that it was imported into London in 1904.

GUEST:
1904.

APPRAISER:
And it is sterling. So, otherwise they wouldn't allow it to be carrying the import marks into London, which had very strict sterling standards. So I've seen a lot of pheasant table ornaments...

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
...in my day, but not anything this size. If this were at a well-advertised auction, it would probably bring about $4,000 to $5,000.

GUEST:
All right.

APPRAISER:
It's very unusual. The size and the quality of the workmanship is exceptional.

GUEST:
Well, that... I'll tell you what, it was worth $500. It's a beautiful piece, isn't it?

APPRAISER:
It's gorgeous.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
LeBaron Antiques Trading
Woodbury, CT
Appraised value (2008)
$4,000 Auction$5,000 Auction
Event
Palm Springs, CA (June 07, 2008)
Period
20th Century
Form
Animal
Material
Silver

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