American Bicycle Catalog Collection, ca. 1895
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.
Do you know who owned the house beforehand or how these came to get into the house?
The initial owner was the person who ran the train station in Rutland.
He had had the house built back in 1896, and these are from that time period, so I'm assuming they're his.
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.
You have about 25 of them. So an overall estimate for auction purposes would probably be somewhere around $5,000 to $8,000.
Wow. That's great.
So it's a nice little find. That's very nice. Less expensive than fiberglass insulation.
Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."
Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.
Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.
Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.
Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.
Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.
Walt Disney | AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Coming to American Experience September 14 & 15 is the unprecedented look at the complex life and enduring legacy of one of America’s best-known storytellers – Walt Disney
Arthur & George
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a three-part MASTERPIECE Mystery! adaptation of the novel by Julian Barnes. Airs Sundays, September 6-20