Are You an Antiques Expert? Take This Simple Tese– You may know more than you think!

1)  You and your friend are at the local flea market. She is looking for historical autographs. A dealer says he has a signed photograph of George Washington.  As the dealer reaches into his trunk to pull it out, your friend says; “No thanks!” and begins to walk away before she even sees it.  Why doesn’t she want it? (hint: she knows it cannot be genuine, why not?)

2)  Your cousin calls you on the telephone to tell you about the rare coin he just bought. He says he knows it is over 2000 years old because the date on it is, “52 B>C>”  Your cousin paid $50.00. Was it a wise purchase?

3) A friend’s mother brings you a painting that she claims was painted in 1865. It is an oil painting on canvas. The frame is made of wood.  The subject is a young woman in a white dress with a lace neck line.  The details in the painting are very clear.  She is seated on a chair near a window.  In the background there is a painting of a ship on the wall.  The details on the ship shows sails, rigging and an American flag.  There is a lighted lamp tilted toward the picture and the light bulb can be seen under the lamp shade.  You bring it to a history professor hoping to find out how much it is worth.  The professor takes one glance at it and tells you it was not painted in 1865. How does she know that?

4)  A framed color print of a cruise ship hangs on an antique shop wall.  In the lower right margin of the picture is the inscription; “It was my pleasure sailing with you, President Hoover, November 8, 1966.  Could this be Herbert Hoover, President of the United States? Why or why not?

5) An airplane propeller is up for sale at a local auction. Since you and your co-worker need to butter-up the boss you decide to buy it for your boss who loves airplane and aviation collectibles, hoping it will soften him up.  It comes with a letter certifying the authenticity of the propeller.  The letter is written as follows:  “I certify that this propeller was used on my aircraft during a test flight in 1935.  Amelia Airhart, 5/7/36.”  Will this get you the “points” you need?

Think you know the answers? Email: bmorris@bmorrisappraisal.com. Include your name, phone number, and email address.

About askbeverly

Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.

One response to “Are You an Antiques Expert? Take This Simple Tese– You may know more than you think!

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