Sock Darner Collection, ca. 1900
These were my mother's. She collected them.
You have a great collection of sock darners. This one is the most valuable one. It's by Steuben, it's Aurene, and it would probably sell at auction between $200 and $400. And the cranberry swirl would be about $150 to $200. The cobalt blue, about $100 to $150. And this type was usually done at the end of the day as sort of a whimsy, and it would probably be about $100 to $125. Oh, and here we have a peach blow, that's $100 to $150 also. Most of these were never meant to be sold; they were actually done by glassblowers to take home. All of these down here are a little bit less. You have some unusual wooden ones. Have you ever had them appraised?
No, I haven't.
I think that if we did the whole collection at auction, it would probably go somewhere between $1,000 and $1,200.
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