Antique Victorian Photograph
Darlene asks: What can you tell me about the value of this antique victorian photograph?
AW says: This is a turn of the 20th century photo in a beautiful walnut frame. The documentation you’ve sent with it serves to identify the subjects. But from research I’ve done, the people in the photograph are not historically important to collectors.
While Ceaser Montanelli is certainly a significant figure in the world of agriculture, this does not spill over into the world of antique photographs.
If the couple were doing something other than only posing for this photograph, it could have more value.
The frame is lovely, and some may be interested in a picture like this for period costume reference.
Retail value: $125
Wholesale value $50
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Chief Wolf Robe Bronze
Ian asks: What can you tell me about this statue?
AW says: This is a wonderful example of a Charles Kauba, cold paint, polychrome sculpture. The figure is a Chief Wolf Robe Bronze of the Native American Indian Cheyenne tribe. This is circa early turn of the 20th century and an excellent casting of this figure. There are at least several other casting versions of lesser value. Those tend to be mounted directly on marble without a pedestal.
One sold in 2008 for $22,000 at auction. But PLEASE NOTE an auction sale is a snapshot in time. You can never exactly duplicate all the same auction market conditions.
Retail value of yours. $20,000
Wholesale value: $12,000
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Neo-Classic 20th Century Chandelier
Debbie Asks: What can you tell me about my chandelier?
AW says: This is an early to mid 2oth century chandelier, made of brass. We can discern this by the cut of the candle cup, and the ornamentation on the arms.
The cut of the cup (the area where the prisms are affixed) is precise. The ornamental curl that half way to each arm is refined and elegant but strong. These two features among other tell-tale signs indicate a chandelier made of solid brass rather than a pot metal which many inferior fixtures from this period are made from.
Retail Value: $475
Wholesale Value: $150
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