Brass plate

HuntH2002

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December 2017 - It was 8am when I drove to the recycling center to drop off some aluminum scrap. After unloading I asked to walk around maybe to find a valuable scrap item and I happen to find this. I was told it was made of complete brass and they were going to place it in a presser in an hour. The plate was too interesting to leave, so I decided to buy it from them. Brass was 2 dollars per pound at the time and payed 26 dollars. The plate weighs 13 lbs and has a 42 in diameter.
Later, I looked to see if the plate was worth somthing other than it’s brass content. On etsy. com, I found a 1950s brass plate with the price of 1200 dollars. I polished the plate and found a struck date 1952 on the back. The brass plate is a 1952 chinese handcrafted decorative plate with the symbol of luck in the center.
 

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Nice save from the scrapyard and welcome to Treasurenet!

Your piece is very large as far as plates, chargers, or trays go. I wouldn't hold on to that Etsy listing as the gospel for that price though. I'd value it at around 1/3 of that at retail, tops. People can ask any price they want. Doesn't make it worth that much.

I found a carved Buddhist Monk that is listed for $1850 and $2150 on various sites. Actual retail value is around $200-$300.

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I also found a late 1800's Fontaine Durieux terracotta statue once that was listed for over 10k on one site. I found 2 other examples that sold for between $1500 and $2000. Like this one but finished with natural colors versus the bronze/gold..

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Nice find. Welcome from Mississippi
 

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My Dad brought one back from Asia over 50 years ago. We used it for a coffee table. :icon_thumleft:
 

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