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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have an antique hand carved ivory hand fan ivory extends

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I have an antique hand carved ivory hand fan ivory extends to both side s on bottom with blue silk and sequins sewn on with white down feathers on top ,it came from an auction framed and sealed . I would love to know the story of it but am afraid to tear the sealed paper to see if there is any info inside.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

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These types of antique framed fans sell at auction for $250-350.

See the following image of a box framed carved ivory fan with ostrich feathers that sold for $341 at auction.

See also a history of hand fans here:

http://www.collectorsweekly.com/accessories/hand-fans

The estimated retail value of fans like yours would be $500-650 assuming good condition and depending on location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated 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
Bonanza.com
Craigslist.com for your nearest city

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

You can set the retail price at what you see others are selling for in retail shops online or in the retail shops around you.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

I forgot to give you one very important warning -

Unfortunately, I must tell you that ivory is on the "Endangered Species" list of items banned for sale. I used to sell antique ivory in my former store but it was over 100 years old and I had a license to sell antique items on the endangered list.

The license was issued here in the US by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Agency.

However, the laws have become much more strict lately. You will need to check with the appropriate authorities in your country to see what the current laws are.

Still, there are collectors who will buy antique (over 100 years old) ivories.

Kind regards,

Doris

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