What’s it worth? Appraisal of vintage automobile paint chip pages

Sid says: 

I have the following unbound sheets of vintage automobile paint chip samples, and a box of related promo materials. What are they worth?

AW says:

My appraisal is for the box/contents and the unbound pages.






  • DeSoto
  • Ford
  • Nash
  • Studebaker
  • Mercury
  • Lincoln



What’s it worth? Appraisal of Rodier & Fitzgerald Glass Sign

James asks:

Hello, I have a sign I would like appraised. The sign is an antique Aetna insurance sign (photo attached). It’s glass with a wood frame. There is a faded sticker on the back that say’s “Rodier & Fitzgerald Glass Signs 296 Pearl St. New York”

Thank You,


AW says

Rodier & Fitzgerald co. was a prominent New York signmaker of the victorian era. Because these were made of glass, many of them did not survive. Because they were expensive, even in their day, these were mostly commissioned by larger companies which could afford them. (J&P Coats, a large spool/cotton co) was also a majror client of Rodier & Fitzgerald Glass Signs.

A good portion of the value of your sign lies in the fact that it’s aesthetically pleasing and the artwork is attractive to decorators and collectors.

Circa turn of the 20th century.


  • signs
  • Rodier & Fitzgerald Glass Sign
  • glass signs
  • advertising
  • insurance advertising
  • victorian era

What’s it worth? Appraisal for Fidardo accordion

Monica asks:

 A friend of mine from Church bought this accordian at a yard sale and he asked me to get it appraised for him.

Thanks for your help.

Firdardo accordianvintage accordian

AW says: Your Fidardo accordian is circa 1910s to 1950s. It’s a beautiful accordion but I don’t think it was an antique in the 1950s, as you’ve indicated in your email. For that to be true, it would have to have been made in 1850 or so.

None the less, the accordion is making a comeback in the music world and is among collectible picks on the lists of buyers. My appraisal is with the assumption that your accordion is in very good working condition.

Retail value: $275

Wholesale value: $150