Hopefully I can catch you before the cocktails kick in! (Lucky you! And why should "Happy" be limited to just one hour?) of so, could you go ahead and attach the photos again. As usual, they seem to have fallen off the edge of cyberspace.
PS. Also, how tall is the vase?
Cheers! Who cares, eh?
Enjoy the Happy Hour! Wish I were there too!
Have a great evening!
Hi Cheryl! Nice to meet you. You two look like you're having fun! Party down!
I think I know the Grant plate you are referring to.
It's probably this one:
with "Let Us Have Peace" U.S.Grant around a lappet-leaf border, made by Gillander & Sons in 1885 in the "maple leaf" pattern.
If so, then the full retail value is nowhere near $450. Yes, it's a fairly hard-to-find piece of EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) and extremely old, nevertheless not as valuable as that in today's market.
It used to be valuable until eBay came along. Before eBay, dealers could say it was rare because there was no way of checking just how many were out there. Then it started turning up on line for sale in much greater numbers than expected and prices plummeted.
I think $125 would be a top price for this one, retail, that's if all those delicate leaf tips are intact. Check for chips as these usually have small damages that will detract.
Hope this helps!
She sounds like she's in a bad way hanging on to her treasures for emotional comfort. Sometimes these things become a substitute for 'family', but then what do I know? I'll probably end up like that myself. Poor old thing, you are doing her good just rummaging through her stuff and admiring it all and visiting with her.
As far as the Grant plate is concerned, unless she can convince you that Ulysses Grant himself personally put that $450 sticker on there, it's not worth that price or anything close. No wonder it's been on there for thirty years! Sometimes antique store owners like their items more than all the customers that have ever come into their store, and price them accordingly and that's fair enough, but they have to understand and accept they get to keep those items forever.
Offer her $50 for it, and ask her how long she'd allow you to keep it on your mantelpiece for that price. Tell her you'll keep the $450 sticker on it so she doesn't lose face.
You are doing a noble job, keep visiting, the decoys sound amazing!
It all sounds just amazing. A lifetime's chance to go through a lifetime's collection.
Even that silver overlay teaset sounds like a treasure. I'm so glad she's found someone to appreciate it all.
Still waiting for the photos of the Nippon. You may have attached them way back at the beginning, but I forgot to let you know they didn't appear this end. Again! It looks like the site has now fixed the photo-attaching glitch, so hopefully this will be the last time you'll need to do this twice. Again, apologies for that.
Happy Monday Cindy!
Thanks for the photos, they came through just fine this time, hopefully the site has sorted out the photo-attaching glitch for good.
This is a very pretty piece of Nippon art porcelain. I'll take your word for it that the bottom says "Hand Painted" and "Nippon". I can't see anything except a smudge, but then it is Monday morning. However, not to worry, the top screams authenticity and Nippon artistry at its very best. The shape in particular, with its superbly free-form rim and handle, is quintessential Art Nouveau.
Then there's the delicate lace-like flowers carefully rendered in moriage raised enamel on a backdrop of roses, softly out of focus, that makes the flowers on top seem to float in 3D. An unimaginable level of skill and dexterity with a piping bag and the steadiest of hands was needed to create that moriage, a skill that you would not find today for any money.
At the time this type of art porcelain was made, which was a short period from about 1900 - 1915, no-one in the West had seen decoration quite like this, and it was all hand done -no printing of cheap color decals as was being done in Europe- and so Nippon porcelain became an instance and enduring success.
Prices today are a little depressed from where they were when eBay first started because, again, nobody realized the sheer quantity of Nippon that was out there until it started appearing on eBay. Added to which, a tide of eBay buying has now turned into a tide of eBay selling, so it's a buyer's market when it comes to Nippon with some amazing bargains to be had.
Having said that, there's still a good market for the nice examples and yours is a very nice example. This one, for instance, sold on line (eBay) for $300 which is about right.
I would give yours an auction/eBay value in the range of $250 - $375.
Full retail/replacement/insurance value: $750.
Happy Birthday to you!
Hope you had a wonderful day being celebrated and celebrating yourself. Another trip round the sun completed, well done!
Just wanted to wish you all the best for the day while it's still the day (we're on Eastern time)
Very best wishes,Robert