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I have a 1800's checkbook from a dentist that we found in a

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I have a 1800's checkbook from a dentist that we found in a roof from a building that we remodeled and are in decent shape. How much would they be worth?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


In order for me to properly assess what you have I will need to see images.

If you had already attached images to your initial posting, they are not showing for me here on my end.

Please send the photos at your convenience. There is not an extra charge to provide more pictures here.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I just took the pic again
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Your checkbook is from the early 1900's as indicated by the 190_ on the dateline.

This would fall under the category of ephemera, and yield about $20 for the lot.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
But it was patented in 1897
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Patent dates are when a patent was entered and approved, and not when something was made.

The check dates on these are pre-filled for 190_, thus, at the oldest these were printed in 1900 and then would be good to use through 1909. By 1910, a new set of checks would have needed to be printed.

In general, checks of value on the re-sale market are those that are signed by famous people, like John Wayne's check for a new Cadillac car.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok thanks
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome.