"Holly, Is that a removable "saucer" in the bottom AND is it rusted? I think that its center of gravity would probably be too high for it to be useful as a string holder - at least I would be tipping it over on a regular basis. …"
"Possibly, an older member of your extended family might have some memory of who might have been the original owner. (I have the chest that was given to my great aunt as an engagement present by her fiance - probably around 1900. It…"
"How vague a term is "vintage"? Somethings that I have read have said that anything over 20 years old could be considered vintage. However, just because something could be called vintage does not mean that it has any monetary…"
":-). I have not smoked since the 19770s but I have never been able to understand how folks "manage" these days - not being able to light up with a cup of coffee after a restaurant meal, not having a cigarette in my ashtray at work,…"
"As Tome noted, function depends upon size. I have some bowls of a similar sort but they are more of a size to be used for a sauce or pickles/olives, not large enough to hold more than one piece of fruit. What are its dimensions?"
"Michael, you ask "...should an item truly be considered more valuable if left in a dilapidated/unloved state rather than an item which has been 'correctly' looked after, cleaned and preserved in its original mint…"
"Are the items located in New York? Does he want to dispose of them as a single lot? Which way (and how fast) are prices moving on these types of items? It is thoughtful of the son to think of you, but even if you could swing such a…"