Fabergé Jade & Silver Paper Knife, ca. 1910

Value (2009) | $10,000 Auction$20,000 Auction

GUEST:
It's a letter opener that my husband gave me probably about 15 years ago.

APPRAISER:
Was it for an occasion?

GUEST:
Yeah, an anniversary.

APPRAISER:
An anniversary. And what do you know about it?

GUEST:
Not a lot. I think it's jade with silver.

APPRAISER:
Good guess.

GUEST:
Possibly... Tiffany or Fabergé.

APPRAISER:
Well, what I can tell you about it is the material is actually nephrite jade. It is silver, and this is a garnet and a little diamond in the snake head.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
I would date it around 1910. I love the silver work. And the silver work, when I saw it, sort of gave away who made it.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
This is the kind of work that Fabergé did. And of course, when I turned it over, it's got the Fabergé mark.

GUEST:
I couldn't read it.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, it's tough to read. It says Fabergé, and then it's got the silver mark, the date after 1896. It doesn't have the maker. It's a small object. In a way, the silver doesn't have a place for the maker, so we don't know the maker. And that will tend to hold down the value.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
But this was a desk accessory. Fabergé made a lot of things for the table, the desk. So we're not quite sure exactly what it was, but it was certainly decorative, and it was Fabergé. I think the workmanship is beautiful. It's a very appealing piece. Do you remember what was paid for it?

GUEST:
I would say probably around $1,000. Around... 15 years ago.

APPRAISER:
Actually, that was, you know, a fair amount of money. In the market today, a conservative estimate would be $10,000 to $20,000.

GUEST:
Wow. Oh, that's fantastic.

APPRAISER:
And that would be an auction value.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
So I think you got a really nice gift.

GUEST:
Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Skinner, Inc.
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2009)
$10,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
Event
Atlantic City, NJ (June 06, 2009)
Period
20th Century
Material
Diamonds, Garnet, Jade, Silver

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