1877 Cast Paddle Steamer Bell from the Steamer ”Rosebud“

Value (2010) | $5,000 Auction$7,000 Auction
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GUEST:
Well, this is a bell of the Rose Bud Steamer, and it ran from St. Louis to Fort Benton, Montana.

APPRAISER:
Now, you said that it sank?

GUEST:
It sank in Bismarck.

APPRAISER:
Oftentimes, you make guesses as to what things are. Well, it's almost spelled out for us right on the front of the bell. It says "A. Fulton's Son & Co., Pittsburgh, PA, 1877," and it has "Steamer Rose Bud" that's put right on it, so we know exactly what it is.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And it is part of what we would consider to be the great lore of the West.

GUEST:
West.

APPRAISER:
The era of the paddle steamer. How important it was to navigate up and down the river. It was so important to American history and the settling of the West. It's actually made of cast bell metal, which is like bronze, and it's incredibly durable and incredibly well-made. Now, why did you buy this?

GUEST:
I bought it for investment.

APPRAISER:
Buying something for investment, first off, you should probably spend a little bit of good money on it. You can't buy something for $50 and expect to get $5,000 out of it.

GUEST:
I understand that.

APPRAISER:
Now, you spent how much on this?

GUEST:
I bought it for $1,500.

APPRAISER:
About $1,500. Well, I would say at auction, you're probably looking at around $5,000 to $7,000. Now, that's actually a pretty good investment, because how long ago did you get it?

GUEST:
Oh, six or seven years. I wish somebody would purchase it, maybe it'd go to a museum, someplace where it should be.

APPRAISER:
Good, good, I think that's a good thing. So here's hoping your ship comes in, okay?

GUEST:
Okay, well, thank you.

APPRAISER:
Let's give it a shot. (bell rings) Not bad. Sounds good, got a good ring to it.

GUEST:
It does have a good ring.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Marvin & Whitehurst Appraisal Group
Stuart, FL
Appraised value (2010)
$5,000 Auction$7,000 Auction
Event
Billings, MT (June 26, 2010)
Period
19th Century
Material
Metal

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