Late 19th-Century Pair of Mounted Urns

Value (2012) | $5,000 Retail
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APPRAISER:
These certainly look like porcelain. Do you agree?

GUEST:
Yes, I know.

APPRAISER:
They're actually glass.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
So can you tell me where you bought these?

GUEST:
I bought them at an auction about 20 years ago in Cincinnati.

APPRAISER:
And do you collect this type of thing, or...

GUEST:
Yes, I'm a glass collector.

APPRAISER:
A glass collector. We have here continental vases or urns in beautiful bronze stands. There's marks on the bottom. I'm going to lift this up. It might be a little bit heavy. Yeah, there's that base. There we go. And if we turn it over, we can see the date "January 1872," which I totally agree with that date. This is late 19th century, roughly.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
But we also see part of a mark. And you believe that mark is...?

GUEST:
Baccarat.

APPRAISER:
Baccarat. I am saying continental because we can't see the entire mark. Now, one of them has some damage, and it's been restored over here.

GUEST:
That's right.

APPRAISER:
The damage is near the top, and it's almost a little V-shaped piece that was out, and it's extremely hard to see it. You bought them though as a damaged piece?

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
You would never separate the pair. You have trees over here that match trees over here. It's a courting scene, the ladies and the gentlemen courting. I feel they're French, very good chance that they're Baccarat. But to actually authenticate them as Baccarat, I would want to reserve that for a little more research.

GUEST:
Yeah, that's fine.

APPRAISER:
Now what did you pay for them?

GUEST:
$250. For the two.

APPRAISER:
It's my opinion that as a pair, I would put a retail value of $5,000.

GUEST:
I'm delighted with that, okay.

APPRAISER:
Pretty good, I'd say.

GUEST:
For a $250 investment.

APPRAISER:
For $250, pretty good. If they were perfect, it'd be close to double that price. If we could prove that they're Baccarat, there would be a percentage change, 20% more, 30% more, something like that.

GUEST:
Okay.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2012)
$5,000 Retail
Event
Cincinnati, OH (July 21, 2012)
Period
19th Century
Form
Urn
Material
Glass

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