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  1. #136

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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Shouldn't be too hard to figure out who his high end bidder at the museum is. Make a call.

    My local auction house has a 12% buyers premium. That of course means 12% of what the bidder offers goes to the auction house.

    Maybe you could cut out the middle man. Make yourself and the buyer happy in a private sale.

    Or hang on to it. If it's really historical you might be surprised who ends up contacting you.

    Thinking on that, stash it somewhere safe where it won't deteriorate and any papers won't fade or get moldy etc.

    Good luck,
    Tricia

  2. #137
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    Feb 2007
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Man that is Wild! Keep us informed of how this develops please.
    Dig It, Done It, Love It..Man I love this Hobby with a Passion.

  3. #138

    Jul 2005
    Findlay Ohio
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Truly and amazing find, I like the pocket book, song and letter, but those desks are simply AMAZING!!! If I had found those, no amount of "field work" would get done.
    What am I doing so far away from my Civil War relics?

  4. #139

    Mar 2007
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    I'd keep it safe somewhere and never sell, at least not for $500-$1000. It is way too cool to just have that in your possession. Then again, I've been broke many times and had to sell some 'cool' things that I probably shouldn't have.

  5. #140
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    You found what?

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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    All I can say is.........WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #141
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    .................... SPEACHLESS!
    Exposure to the Son prevents burning

  7. #142

    Jun 2008
    central mn
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Im just speechless. An AMAZING FIND MAN WTG!

  8. #143
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    Mar 2006
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Wow! this is the most interesting thread I've read in a long time!
    One ship sails east, the other sails west by the self-same wind that blows. It's the rig of the sails and not the gails that determines which way she goes.

  9. #144
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    On to the desk now. Whats up with it? Did you ever get to see the back? Are there any tags or labels or marks on the underside that might lend provenance? I'm dyin here!

  10. #145

    Feb 2007
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    I dont know how I"ve missed this story but it is absolutely incredible!!! What a cool find for sure and some nice pieces of furniture also. congratulations!!!
    Debby

  11. #146

    Jun 2007
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Wow, talk about incrediable shape.

  12. #147
    us
    Jun 2008
    Waverly Hall, GA
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Check out Christies or Sotheby's past auctions on furniture and ephemera from this time period and you will be shocked beyond belief. Me thinks you may be very wealthy. Do not try to clean or alter any of these things in any way. Bring in the experts. Contact Sotheby's and/or Christies. Also the Keenon(spelling?) brothers may help with the furniture. From what I could see in the pics this is some of the best I've seen and I've been in the antiques/furniture restoration & construction/paper/ephemera business for a number of years. A friend of a friend found a game table from this period at an estate auction, paid around $1600 for it....it fetched, I think, $1.2 million at auction.
    Everyone in my business dreams of such a find. Man, all i can say is WOW!!! What a find!
    BTW, if you need any help with this, I have a very good friend in Sandwich,Mass., very honest and very intelligent, and knows this stuff well. If he can't ID it, he could definitely point you in the right direction. What ever you decide to do...Good Luck!

  13. #148
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    Jun 2008
    Waverly Hall, GA
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    BTW, you may already know this but, a couple of other places to check in the house are the doors(I'd heard of people drilling holes into the tops and dropping coins in then plugging the holes) and door hardware can be worth a good bit too, some knobs into the thousands. Also check the typically cast iron window weights(I've heard of these being replaced with melted down silver).
    Also, wide boards(over say 14-18", wider the better), especially pine, are worth a premium, I even buy these and any architectural items, columns, moldings, built in cabinets, etc. I build "new" very large furniture from reclaimed lumber and arch. items. Again Good Luck, and can't wait to hear more about this spectacular find.

  14. #149
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    Aug 2006
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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!

    Quote Originally Posted by KTMRIDER
    BTW, you may already know this but, a couple of other places to check in the house are the doors(I'd heard of people drilling holes into the tops and dropping coins in then plugging the holes) and door hardware can be worth a good bit too, some knobs into the thousands. Also check the typically cast iron window weights(I've heard of these being replaced with melted down silver).
    Also, wide boards(over say 14-18", wider the better), especially pine, are worth a premium, I even buy these and any architectural items, columns, moldings, built in cabinets, etc. I build "new" very large furniture from reclaimed lumber and arch. items. Again Good Luck, and can't wait to hear more about this spectacular find.
    Well if we are talking tear the house down here (which I doubt, but if he did he could probably make more than the property value in materials) you can also get a real pretty penny for the main support beams, especially if they are made from hard woods that aren't legal to log anymore or are just not abundant enough.
    Never underestimate the stupidity of people.

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    Re: Found a pocket book....216 years old! APPRAISAL!


    I would think finding a museum to put them on display with some pictures of the house and how you found them would be GREAT !!!! Maybe a museum with early American ties. Oh and they also will pay you a " rental " fee to show the items. Could possibly make some extra cash for a looong time. I for one would like to see them up close.

    PLL

 

 
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