Austrian Crocodile Valise, ca. 1900

Value (2016) | $5,000 Auction$6,000 Auction

It's either a crocodile or an alligator-- crocodile, I guess—bag that was my grandfather's, I think. I found it in my father's attic in 1989 and have kept it under a sideboard for everyone to look at, and to collect dust.

I would date it anywhere from 1890 to 1905. This is a handmade piece of luggage, and it's heavy. The Austrians were known for the luxury crafts that they made at the time. It would have been a really costly piece. This type of a valise is extremely rare. Because of its age and slight wear but extraordinary shape and patina, I would say that at auction, this would sell for between $3,000 and $3,500 at least. It's a really great piece, and I hope you don't let it collect any more dust.

Well, I certainly will take better care of it than I have.

Appraisal Details

Augusta Auction Co.
Bellows Falls, VT
Update (2016)
$5,000 Auction$6,000 Auction
Update (2014)
$3,000 Auction$3,500 Auction
Appraised value (2010)
$3,000 Auction$3,500 Auction
Washington, DC (August 21, 2010)

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