Old newspapers that cover events of national or worldwide importance may be worth money to collectors. For example, major events that increase the value of an old newspaper may include the bombing of Pearl Harbor, D-Day coverage, reports on the Battle of Gettysburg, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Antique furniture appraisal is the valuation done of old furniture. Appraisers value the antique furniture and give the owner an estimated price of the antique furniture.
Several factors are involved in determining the value of antique silverware. LoveToKnow Antiques states that the first consideration is finding out whether or not the silverware is sterling silver, which is valued at a significantly higher rate than silverplate.
According to XYZ Collectibles, there are many old National Geographic magazines that are worth money. For example, as of 2014, the January 1902 issue of National Geographic is valued at $816.50.
The most effective way of determining whether your cameo is real or fake is to establish whether it is made of plastic, shell or hard stone. Experts at Jonathan's Diamond Buyer claim that a plastic cameo is not real, while cameos made of stone or shell are more likely to be real.
As of 2014, mass produced victrolas in average condition are commonly valued at under $300. In mint condition, the average victrola can triple in value.
The price of a cuckoo clock varies depending on the style, maker and age of the clock as well as other factors. Old and rare clocks can be worth several thousand dollars, but most cuckoo clocks will not fetch this much money at auction.
Church rummage sales offer a wide variety of items. Household goods, designer clothing, antiques, collectibles, toys, books, athletic equipment and tools are often found at rummage sales, according to numerous websites of churches such as St. Vincent de Paul Church in Brooklyn, Minnesota, and Christ Church of Winnetka, Illinois.
The most reliable way to tell if a vase is antique is to get an appraisal on it. A qualified appraiser is trained to look for signs that other people miss and will give the best estimate of its age and fair market value. A written appraisal from a professional appraiser is required to insure an antique for its fair market value, and it is the only way to tell the difference between an authentic item and a professionally made replica or forgery. If an appraisal cannot be obtained or is not wanted, thoroughly research the specific item to learn specific signs of its age and condition.
As of 2014, the value of an antique tea cup varies anywhere from $20 to $600, with well-preserved and rare examples fetching the highest prices. The value of an antique or vintage tea cup depends on the brand and age of the item.
Antique razors are typically straight razors valued by collectors and dating as far back as the 17th century. The blades of antique razors are typically made of steel, but the handles show more variety and can be made of wood, sterling silver, bone, mother-of-pearl or tortoise shell.
The best ways to identify and price vintage marbles include determining the marble's origin, condition and manufacturer, classifying the marble into handmade or machine made categories, and researching the marble design to determine its beauty and rarity. Look up the marble's worth in a pricing guide, such as Kovel's pricing guide, based on its condition, age and rarity.
Green is one of 50 identified colors of decorative glass with an iridescent surface shimmer known as carnival glass. The manufacturer molds or presses green base glass with a pattern and applies many kinds of metallic salts, producing a metallic shine.
An art deco dining table features popular art deco design elements, such as rich and exotic woods, decorative inlays, deco-style carvings and a glossy sheen. Woods selected for dining tables include African Padauk, ebony, maple, mahogany and teak. Exotic woods became much easier to obtain in the early 20th century thanks to modern modes of transportation.
Texas Ware Melmac, sometimes called Dallas Ware, is a line of melamine (plastic) dishes manufactured by Plastics Manufacturing Co., from the late 1950s to the 1990s, in Dallas, Texas. This product line included solid-color and pattern-stamped dish sets and the ever-popular splatter-patterned mixing bowls.
Foley bone china was first produced in 1872 at the Foley Pottery in Fenton, England by Wileman and Company. In 1925 Wileman and Company was reformed as Shelley Potteries. Between 1881 and 1903 the Foley potteries were shared by another company, Robinson and Sons, who also manufactured porcelain branded as Foley bone china but with the trademark "EB."
Identify antique, wooden dining chairs by determining the type of wood used; inspecting the fasteners used; checking if the wood has any cuts or nicks at the back, sides or bottom; and the wood finish used. The style of the dining chairs is also a determinant.
Antique stoneware crocks have marks and symbols that collectors can use to trace the origins. From geometric shapes to symbols from nature, these marks are as varied as the pieces they identify. Words or initials are also common forms of stoneware identification.
As of 2014, the value of a complete set of Goebel Hummel plates is determined by the value of individual plates in the collection. Individual plates are valued from under $20 to over $400. For example, the 1971 Heavenly Angel plate is valued between $189 and $450, depending on condition.
Antique stoneware, pottery or earthenware that is 100 years old or older can possess radioactive materials. Stoneware, particularly orange-red plates and other dining pieces, derived their color from the inclusion of radionuclides, a naturally occurring radioactive nuclide or atom with an unstable nucleus that was added to the glaze.
There are multiple factors that help to determine the age of furniture. Being able to recognize these features takes time and research. An item is generally considered an antique if it's more than 100 years old.