American Bicycle Catalog Collection, ca. 1895

Value (2009) | $5,000 Auction$8,000 Auction

GUEST:
We bought an 1896 Queen Anne Victorian in Vermont. And when we were remodeling the kitchen we found these stuffed throughout the walls and in the ceilings.

APPRAISER:
Do you know who owned the house beforehand or how these came to get into the house?

GUEST:
The initial owner was the person who ran the train station in Rutland.

APPRAISER:
Okay.

GUEST:
He had had the house built back in 1896, and these are from that time period, so I'm assuming they're his.

APPRAISER:
It's a terrific collection. It's a wonderful example of artwork, with the women on the bicycles. This one you have the men and women on the bicycles. The other thing that I really want to point out is these were American companies. So, there's a lot of appeal in a lot of different ways. It's going to appeal to people who like just the look of them and the feel of this 19th century... late 19th century artwork and paper, and then to bicycle collectors. Because anyone that collects bicycles seriously loves to get the catalogs to match up to their bike. Inside each of these they're loaded with illustrations and prices for the bikes, the bike parts. There's some condition issues. If you see here on this Lovell Diamond Cycles, 1897, there's some water damage. But overall it's just a remarkable, remarkable find. Dollar value for auction purposes will vary based on the amount of illustrations, by the covers, and by the maker. That's the most important thing-- by the maker. Rather than give you an individual price, at auction I would probably estimate each piece anywhere from $200 to $400 per catalog.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
You have about 25 of them. So an overall estimate for auction purposes would probably be somewhere around $5,000 to $8,000.

GUEST:
Wow. That's great.

APPRAISER:
So it's a nice little find. That's very nice. Less expensive than fiberglass insulation.

GUEST:
Absolutely.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Philip Weiss Auctions
Lynbrook, New York
Appraised value (2009)
$5,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Event
Atlantic City, NJ (June 06, 2009)
Period
19th Century
Form
Catalog
Material
Paper

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