White Elephant Coffee & Tea Advertising Glass Globe, ca. 1915
I bought it at a farm auction in Wisconsin about 40 years ago. It was advertised as guns and household, so I went for the household and there were a lot of people there for the guns, and not so much for the household. And I had this paddle, and I just held it up because I really wanted it, and I never put it down. So I think I paid $20 or $25 for it.
So you just kept your paddle up so everybody in the room knew that you wanted this.
And they told me not to do that afterwards because I might've raised the price.
But yet you still got it for...
I wanted it.
...$25. Yeah. How long ago?
35, 40 years ago.
It's a spectacular example of an antique advertising glass globe. Now, the White Elephant Brand Coffee and Tea Company, pieces are very scarce. We could put the date anywhere between 1909, 1910, as high as possibly the early 1920s. You just don't see much. We've seen some small cans before, but never have we seen an advertising glass globe like this. What's great is it has the advertising for the coffee on one side, and then the tea on the other. The condition, as far as I can see, is absolutely perfect. The color appeal is off the charts. Any idea what this is worth?
Well, again, we've never seen this piece before come through Antiques Roadshow, or anywhere else. And I'd put an auction value on this of $2,500 to as high as $3,500.
Wow. That's great, I loved it.
It's a wonderful, scarce piece.
I knew I was right to hold that paddle up.
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