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Sample Appraisal: Clock

Appraisal ID: 3793 Appraised On: Jul 15, 2010 Market Value: $3,000.00 Replacement Value: $3,750.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: This is a vintage clock in excellent condition. The maker is Elmer O. Stennes of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Stennes made a lot of 60” clocks and referred...

Sample Appraisal: Candy Dish

Appraisal ID: 11554 Appraised On: Oct 24, 2006 Market Value: $ 350.00 Replacement Value: $ 450.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: This is a late 19th century dish manufactured by the Richard Ginori manufactory marked with the crown and N hallmark used beginning in 1850 to the present. The dish is profusely decorated in deep...

Sample Appraisal: Muzzleloading Rifle, Percussion

Appraisal ID: 10307 Appraised On: Jan 21, 2006 Market Value: $ 1,500.00 Replacement Value: $ 1,900.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: This is a signed pre-1899 muzzleloading percussion rifle (the other type would be flint). Based on the description – the type of wood, the engraving, the size, etc. – we assume this rifle was...

Sample Appraisal: A Sword, Shield and Leather Case

Appraisal ID: 10269 Appraised On: Jan 17, 2006 Market Value: $ 250.00 Replacement Value: $ 325.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: This is what is commonly known as a fraternal sword (sometimes also known as ceremonial sword). Fraternal organizations, religious organizations, lodges, or secret societies have been active in Europe and the Americas for many centuries. Part of the ceremony...

Sample Appraisal: Sword

Appraisal ID: 11228 Appraised On: Aug 17, 2006 Market Value: $ 995.00 Replacement Value: $ 1,300.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: Manufacturer: Otto Mertens, Solingen Germany. Circa early 20th century artillery officer’s lionhead sabre. The sword has gilt mounts with lionhead pommel, P hilt guard, Damaststahl pattern blade. The lionhead is the traditional German style with the long snout, with...

Sample Appraisal: Arms & Armor

Appraisal ID: 11355 Appraised On: Sep 04, 2006 Market Value: $ 600.00 Replacement Value: $ 800.00 APPRAISER COMMENTS: This is a pair of swept-hilt rapiers, circa 17th century, in fair condition. The term rapier was borrowed in the 16th century from the French rapiere, where it was recorded in 1474 in the phrase epee rapiere, which itself...