My grandpa died. Some stuff remains. Will you be my personal Antiques Roadshow?
In late December, my grandfather passed away. Since that time, my father and step-mother have been dedicating a lot of their time to sorting out what exactly to do with all his property. Boy, do we collect a lot of stuff as we go through life! Anyway, the house has been sold and most everything that has been left behind has either been sold, given away, or tossed. However, there are a last few things remaining, and my dad and I both have an inkling that (maybe?) some of these things may have some financial value.
I don't know. Are we going to turn around and sell these things on eBay or private auction for a bazillion dollars? Probably not. But, I think, like anyone, we have a problem with tossing away something that we think might be valuable - even if we don't quite know what to do with it.
So, please, step into my office and take a peek. Maybe you have some experience with some of these things and may be able to give us an intelligent estimate of their worth and/or historical value.
1. The Fire Extinguisher. (pic1 pic2
). This is, obviously, an old school fire extinguisher. It appears to presently be leaking a small mixture of baking soda onto my carpet. It looks very fancy.
2. Perhaps the most interesting thing is the safe that my grandfather left in his bedroom closet. It is heavy and it is not easily removed. We've received some quotes, and it would be near $400 to have it removed from the house - and that's just to get it out! I didn't take any pictures of this, because lighting was difficult, but it is heavy, maybe 500 - 600 pounds, and across the top it says, "The Reliable Safe and Lock Co. Covington, KY". Below that, it says, "Sold by Julius Bing, Detroit, MI." Best guesses indicate it was sold in the 1930s.
3. The last thing is not very exciting. The front part of my grandfather's house was a grocery store which he ran for quite a few years in Hamtramck, MI, before Farmer Jack sauntered into town and shut most of the little places down. As a result, he had a slew of big industrial scales like this
. A small sticker on the back indicates that it received a certificate from the "Department of Weights and Measures" in 1953.
So that's that. Maybe you, my collective hivemind, have some experience dealing with one or more of these things.