"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…"
"You mention that the two places had no interest in the item. Do you mean that they were not interested in buying/auctioning it? They probably are not desiring to go "out on a limb" and decide if it is a print or an original…"
"Sorry, Tom, I took your phrase "vase shaped like a lotus blossom" to mean lotus vase. I hope that I did not mislead anyone. I agree that this is not anywhere near the usual shape for a hair receiver which is why I referred to…"
"My major issue with it being a hair receiver (which I suggested) is that it looks too "modern". Tom, have you seen lotus vases that are made of 2 separate pieces? Walter, the idea of it being a string holder is very appealing;…"
"While most terrariums were/are larger, I have found some listed with diameters of 4 inches or less. The etching does seem to be a problem for seeing anything that might be inside. I am not saying that it must be a terrarium, just that…"
"Michael, It is very pretty when one is in a warm house and watching it come down. It stays pretty until traffic begins to turn it an icky black on top. Here in the country it stays nice much longer than it does in the city. I do,…"
"Michael and Stuart, Thank you for the explanation. Off-hand, I can't think of an equivalent phrase we use here in New England. --Maybe someone else will :-) Stuart, those spring flowers sound delightful - especially as I sit here…"