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Big T's Blog – May 2008 Archive (4)

Pricing Antiques - Without utilizing Ebay

What we have here is a Toledo Short Sword Walking Cane. As it is a consealed weapon we aren't allowed to list it on Ebay. So how do we find a good starting price for this particular piece. We believe this to be Late Victorian. The knarled wood style stick is in good shape with a little cracking. The cane measures 35-1/2" long and the blade is 14-1/2" long. Top of the cane is brass. We have a basic appraisal at about $200 but we can't find any exact… Continue

Added by Big T on May 3, 2008 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

Hand Blown Glassware - Marbles

Marbles, I see them online selling for in lots for hundreds of dollars, yet when I take some great close ups of a large lot that we just got in we get no action on a $10 starting bid. What's the deal? A lot of these looked like hand blown glassware that everyones after but I wasn't sure. Are there name brands? Should I be loking for markings like Ground Pontils? Please, no "I've lost my Marbles"… Continue

Added by Big T on May 3, 2008 at 1:39pm — 4 Comments

Military Collectables - The difference between WW2 & WW1 Bayonets

We just happened to get two bayonets into the store at one time. The difference between the two to figure out the age is a simple one in this case. Not only do the markings on the blade identify these but the scabbards are the dead give away. The first example up there from Toledo came in a leather and metal sheath. The second, which is a Japanese model, came in a sold metal sheath. It’s a usual thing for… Continue

Added by Big T on May 2, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sterling Silverware The Rare Stuff

What we have here is a Durgin Dauphin Sterling Serving Spoon

Excellent Condition! No bends or Pitting. Marked with a very faint Sterling and with a "D". Measures 7-1/2" long and weighs about 2 Ounces Troy. We are unsure what the cutting edge and spoon is exactly used for so if you have any information we could use to sell this that would be great.

This Sterling Silverware and pattern is an example… Continue

Added by Big T on May 2, 2008 at 10:55am — No Comments

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