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Scrapping Old Broken Silver

I have several old silver candlesticks that are largely broken and of no interest to me. They are marked "Sterling" but appear to be weighted, i.e. they are not solid silver. I am totally okay with trying to sell them for scrap value, but I have questions. [more inside]
posted by Otter_Handler on Sep 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Modern Japanese design shops & studios

My wife and I are visiting Japan soon and would like to visit interesting shops or design studios that specialise in uncommon and/or beautiful products, specifically for homewares, textiles and children’s toys and decor. We’re interested in contemporary design and want to get a feel for the modern Japanese aesthetic. [more inside]
posted by timshel on Sep 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Does "Antiques Roadshow" provide an accurate value of the items it asseses?

I know that some people are collectors, especially of art as an investment and I know that market can be particularly volatile. What is the likelihood that the "at auction"* price is the price that the seller actually gets? [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Apr 13, 2014 - 7 answers

The mysterious trunk in the attic

We bought a house four years ago from the original family that built it in 1950. The mother had passed away and the sons sold the house leaving some odds and ends they apparently didn't want to deal with. Chief amongst those is a gigantic trunk in the attic, which I finally got around to bringing down at the cost of some back pain. It's the exact same trunk as this one (made by the Faber & Son Co. out of Utica, NY) except it's black and not in quite as good shape, but still solid. Anybody out there know anything about antique trunks in terms of value and/or restoration?
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Maximum Future Vintage

What is your guess about the everyday items of today that are likely to become the collectibles of the future? To maximize ROI, what are some cheap disposable items today that may be greatly valued in the future? [more inside]
posted by kk on Mar 4, 2014 - 26 answers

Resources for Period Accurate Decorating

I own a 1931 Arts & Crafts style house in Seattle, and am looking for resources to help me give it some "period accurate" accents. (For example, my foyer houses a working, refurbished phone from the 1930's). [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Dec 26, 2013 - 12 answers

What are these? Die-cut stamps from Japan

My grandmother's father brought these home from 'the orient' decades ago. [more inside]
posted by SarahBellum on Nov 21, 2013 - 2 answers

What kind of spoons are these?

As seen in this picture. They're English silver plate, retailed my Abercrombie & Fitch probably sometime between the 30s and 60s. But what are they for? Some kind of cocktail thing? Each is about 4 1/2" in length - on the small side.
posted by YoungAmerican on May 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Seeking information about a very old piece of furniture

Are you an antique furniture expert? What can you tell me about this piece? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Dealing with Dealers

I'm helping a friend liquidate the contents of his mother's apartment, and we have two weeks to do it. I have some antiques dealers coming over who will make offers. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Mar 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Gift to help catalog antique pottery

I need help finding a gift for somebody who is a constant state of labeling and cataloging his collection of antiquities and pottery. What would help him? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Dec 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Help ID uniforms in an old drawing

Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 26, 2012 - 9 answers

The V&A just about killed me.

I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history — medieval memento moris, ARP whistles from the Blitz, Victorian nude stanhopes, that sort of thing. I don't care at all about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry? I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Tips for selling a piece to an antiques dealer?

I have an item I'd like to sell to a local antiques dealer. It's a mid-century modern piece and the dealer recently listed a similar item for $1200. Mine would need a bit of refinishing, but what's a fair offer? [more inside]
posted by jabes on Aug 2, 2012 - 9 answers

How on earth to sell this object?

How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Ice, ice baby?

What is this odd ICE knob on the faucet? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Feb 25, 2012 - 12 answers

What to do with inherited stuff/antiques?

I have just inherited about one hundred boxes full of 40-100 year old stuff from 2 or 3 generations. I can't really use any of it and some of it may be very valuable. How can I best assess the values of the thousands of items so that I can sell/donate/throw out everything? [more inside]
posted by meantime on Feb 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Antiques close to NYC

Where can I go get antiques on a day trip out of NYC? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r on Feb 18, 2012 - 12 answers

Identifying odd home artifacts and features

Antiques Metafiltershow: Can you help me identify any of these wild, weird, artsy household features? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find James Dean's watch!

Where can I find a working all black Westclox "Wrist Ben" watch or one that looks similar? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Nov 17, 2011 - 3 answers

We have stamps.

Antiques/stamp appraisers in NYC or vicinity? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Nov 13, 2011 - 1 answer

What might be the history and significance of my monkey figurine?

What's a "monkey of silence," and have I got one? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Oct 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Antiques & Collectibles Education Sought

How do I learn about antiques & vintage collectibles? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Oct 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Little Pink Chair

Help me learn a little more about my new cute Pink Chair. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Sep 9, 2011 - 5 answers

How to sell this stuff?

My mom has a lot of stuff to sell, and she doesn't want the hassle of a do-it-yourself approach. What kind of people should we involve? We're thinking maybe an ebay broker for the small stuff and an estate person for the big stuff. (Or else maybe a place like Sotheby's?) Know any good ones who serve Westchester, NY? How would we find good people? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Vintage stores in Russia

Cheap vintage or antique stores in St. Petersburg/Moscow? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jun 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find great places to shop for clothes, antiques and oddities in Paris.

Help me find great places to shop for clothes, antiques, and oddities in Paris. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Jun 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Rules regarding sale of items with ivory trim in the UK?

What restrictions (if any) are there in the UK on selling antiques that contain ivory trim? I have a couple of old silver teapots that I inherited from my grandmother that I would like to sell. Both have small amounts of off-white trim that I presume is ivory. Are there any restrictions on my selling the teapots? Will I be challenged if I take them to a silver dealer? The teapots are quite obviously old, but I don't have any paperwork for them. I have read the guidance for antique dealers linked on this page of the DEFRA website but I can't figure out what it means for me. (One sub-question: if the teapots were made before 1947 does that satisfy the legal requirements even though I, the current owner, was born after 1947?)
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Is it art

Help with a old paintings...and should I buy them...more inside. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on May 5, 2011 - 6 answers

Liquidating small vintage items

What antique stores/dealers in Austin might be interested in buying vintage kitchenware such as Pyrex, and various small pieces of American art pottery (Roseville, Sascha B, Van Briggle, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Apr 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Eldritch Horrors, Please!

SeattleFilter: Where can I buy weird old stuff? [more inside]
posted by Because on Feb 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me sell my antiques without getting ripped off!

How do I sell antiques and get a fair price? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

I have lots of pretty, old junk. Some of it needs to go.

I am looking to sell some "antique" items and I am not interested in doing so online, for various reasons. I am looking to sell them at one of the many "antique malls" in southeastern Pennsylvania and am looking for recommendations. [more inside]
posted by godshomemovies on Feb 1, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I get paid to shop for used furniture all day?

Is there a way I can get paid to hunt through estate sales for awesome furniture? [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Jan 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Antiqing in PA

Antique and furniture road trip through PA. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by princelyfox on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.

I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jan 22, 2011 - 34 answers

Safest shipping method for valuable paintings

Need reliable shipper for art. I need to ship two framed paintings from Connecticut to Seattle. These are family antiques that I could not bear to lose. I already had a wooden crate made. I need to get the crate shipped. Criteria: - Highly reliable and insured - Speed and delivery date are flexible. I can arrange to be available to receive shipment on short notice. - size: the crate is about 2' x 3' x 1'. - Cost... looking for lower cost options, but reliability is key. - The paintings have not been appraised, nor do they have any documentation. I'm sure they are worth money, but the real value is sentimental. I'd rather not go to the expense of having them photographed and appraised. I've already requested a quote from Art Logistics. I haven't heard back yet, but I suspect the cost will be very high. And I'm not sure they ship to and from private residences. fyi... an earlier thread about shipping art.
posted by valannc on Nov 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me price these dolls

My grandparents were avid doll collectors. I have acquired some of their collection. I am at a loss as to how much one particular set of dolls is worth. [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Nov 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Mystery Chair

Can you identify this chair? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Oct 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Antique mail?

In the cabinet of my grandmother's ancient Singer, I found an attachment for the machine which had been mailed to her from Chicago, Ill., to Yakima, Wa. It was mailed in a small manila envelope, and the postmark is unreadable, except for the postage meter "stamp" which says 3 cents. The instructions inside have no copyright notation. My question is how would I ascertain what year this was mailed to her?
posted by ljoct on Sep 14, 2010 - 12 answers

Who made this plate?

Anyone have any idea who made this plate? I recently found a beautiful plate at a charity shop, but half of the maker's mark has worn off. It is cream with 3 hand painted orange-red poppies and a green edge, and I think it may be from the 1930s. I don't think it's particularly valuable, but I'd like to see if I can find anything to match it. There are a few pictures on my Flickr page. I've tried Googling, but haven't found anything yet.
posted by bibliophibianj on Sep 9, 2010 - 8 answers

Where are the good flea markets in Boston?

Boston Filter: I went to Brooklyn Flea this weekend. It was awesome. Is there anything like that in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

name that car

Can you identify this vehicle for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Where to buy a cheapish rangefinder camera (film) in Madrid or London

I'm in Madrid this semester, and would like to pick up an old rangefinder camera (film) or similar for around 20 euros. Is digging around antique shops and similar my best bet? Do you know a place? Or are there actually some not-terribly-expensive used camera shops in this big pretty city? Are there secondhand shops/thrift stores at all in this town? Aware of El Rastro, tried once with no luck and will probably try again Sunday. I'll also be in London next weekend and am not opposed to buying it there if you know a place. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew on Feb 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a unique gaiwan.

I'm looking for a unique, artisan gaiwan to add to my tea set. Specifically, I want one that isn't (or wasn't) mass-produced, that's hand-made and hand-painted, and that isn't just a replica of another gaiwan. An antique would probably be good. Where could I find one in the Bay Area, or online?
posted by archagon on Jan 31, 2010 - 2 answers

Antique Roadshow worthy or just old art?

Antiques Roadshow worthy or just overpriced old crap? [more inside]
posted by ratita on Dec 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Antique window needed

Where can I find an old, 6-paned window? Online or Chicago-area [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Nov 30, 2009 - 6 answers

We have a chest full of stench!

We've inherited a wooden sea chest from 1827 along with accompanying provenance and documentation. That's the good news. The bad news is that it stinks. [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Nov 5, 2009 - 20 answers

How old is this ring?

Please help me get an idea how old this ring is, and what stone is in it. [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath on Oct 3, 2009 - 11 answers

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