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I have an antique cracker jar that was a wedding present

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I have an antique cracker jar that was a wedding present for my grandparents 100 years ago. It has an iridescent look similar to carnival glass, but the texture is very rough, the lid and handle have a pewter look. There are no markings on it. I would like to know it's value. Thank you.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

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The English call these biscuit "boxes" or biscuit 'barrels." English biscuits are tea type cookies or sweets. American "cracker" jars are a carryover from the English ones.

Such antique pieces like yours are selling at auction now for $120-160 depending on condition.

This means the retail asking price would be about $250-300 assuming good condition depending on location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to retail , some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
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These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

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A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 6 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

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Expert:  Nora replied 6 months ago.

Hi,

You have a fine antique late 19th century biscuit jar with pewter top and handle atop an amber crackled acid etched French or Bohemian art glass base. The suggested insurance or replacement value of your family heirloom piece is $425.

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