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Schaubach Kunst – Semi Antique Porcelains Of Elegance

The Beauty of the Female Form Revealed in Porcelain

….Sold by Point Pleasant Galleries for $275.00 …………………….Sold by Tring Market Auctions for $300.00

Reading Auction Wally’s recently I discovered Schaubach Kunst Porcelain Figures. I was impressed to find them so affordable, beautiful and collectible.

The Schaubach-Kunst Company Exalted the Feminine Form

…Ok, maybe they are exaggerated and stylized a bit…

Sold by The DuMouchelles Auction Co. for an estimated hammer of $150.00

Often times on these pages I go on and on about some super high value item, and those can seem out of reach to the average person. Like in my last post I wrote about collectible marbles – I mean one of those went for over $4,000.00. But these beauties, so graceful and evocative of youth and charm can be purchased for relatively modest amounts.

Schaubach Kunst Porcelain Figures Stand Tall

…princess of grace, youth and beauty…

Sold by Antique Helper For $140.00

Schaubach Kunst Porcelain Figures are completely within most collectors budgets, especially if you can find them in some of the smaller regional auction houses. If you are an online seller, look for these wherever you can, and if you can get them at a good price, buy them. Online shops seem to be selling these for approximately double the price that the smaller auction houses are getting.

Here’s another Schaubach Kunst Resource Site

…there is much too admire here…

More Schaubach Kunst German Porcelain Figures Here:

Good Luck Out There!

Martin Codina CEO of Fine Estate Liquidation – A San Francisco Bay Are Estate Sales Company

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Antique and Vintage Marbles

Marbles of Value and Beauty

I just read a wonderful and thoroughly comprehensive article about vintage and antique marbles on Collectors Weekly. Dang! The only way to describe the marbles that this article discusses is that they are fabulous; each an intricate work of art, that each is unique, and that for the most part what we think of as a valuable collectible, was first made for young boys to play in various games.

Did any one know that marbles would become so valuable?

Of course not, but they did…

Onionskin Cloud Marble Sold By Dan Morphy Auctions For $4,025.00

And play they did, that any of these beauties survived intact, without chips or blemishes is a minor miracle. I speculate though that these young lad’s kind of knew that the marble they were playing with were more than objects to shoot into circles of dirt or pavement; they knew that some of these marbles were more like prizes.

Boxed Sets of Marbles Can Command High Prices

Remember this when cleaning out an attic or basement

Boxed Set of Akro Agates Sold By Dan Morphy Auctions For $ 1,840.00

The undisputed king for selling Antique and Vintage Marbles is the Dan Morphy Auction Co. I discovered this while researching this article. In auction lot after auction lot, they consistently hit the bulls-eye. And before you say, “Hey Martin, of course you say that, I mean you’re being paid to write this article aren’t you?”

I wish I were being paid to write this article, but the fact of the matter is no one pays me to write these articles – and they never will, because I never want to have that sort of conflict of interest…

My Personal Favorite Box Set of Vintage Marbles

Because they’re fun!

Picture Marbles by the Peltier Glass Co. Sold By Dan Morphy Auctions For $1,760.00

So how do I figure out these values, where do I turn for antiques and collectibles information…? Well of the many place I do, Prices 4 Antiques.Com is one of my favorites.  Like Every day, that’s right I use the information from this site everyday.

And you thought I was just brilliant, that I knew all of this stuff off the top of my head. But I don’t, in fact no one does, any estate liquidator or antiques dealer worth their salt has to do research.

If you want to avail yourself of the Prices 4 Antiques data base, and you don’t want to pay full price, because who does, then read this page where you will find a 20% Off Discount Code.

Our Parting Shot With An Antique Marble

Now go and find some of your own

Akro Agate Limeade Oxblood Marble Sold By Dan Morphy Auctions For $504.00

Happy Treasure Hunting,

Martin Codina

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The Value of Gold and Silver Collectibles

Take Care as Antiques Dealers, Collectors, or Sellers!

The value of gold and silver as pegged to the precious metals spot market price is now often times higher than the value of the gold or silver as an object of utility.

The Gold and Silver Rush Is On…

Today the spot price of Gold and Silver is at or almost at historic highs. This means three things:

  1. If you are an Antiques Dealer, some of the items in your case or within your online store are worth more as precious metals, than for their perceived value as objects.Take care, many savvy dealers and pickers are buying the undervalued gold and silver that they are finding online or in antiques stores, and reselling those items to metals dealers. How do I know this? Because these pickers are coming to my estate sales with scales.

    By the way, I don’t see anything wrong with this, it’s just the nature of the business.

  2. If you are an Antiques Collector, you are going to pay more for gold and silver objects that you collect now. It’s also likely that you are going to be buying less, and selling more.

    Now is the perfect time to cull through and refine your collection. One of the distresses of times like these, is that a whole lot of antique, and vintage gold and silver is now on its way to the smelters.

    This does have a silver lining though, if you pardon the pun – it will have the future effect of making Antique, and Vintage gold and silver objects of jewelry, flatware and hollow ware far more scarce, and hence more valuable.

    But that’s the future, for today, exercise caution.

  3. If you are trying to sell your gold or silver, than take heart, you are finally going to do well, because the gold and silver market is finally on your side. Today you can expect to be paid much higher prices than ever before.

How Much Are Gold and Silver Objects Worth?

There are two basic ways to figure the value of gold and silver…

  1. Object Value
  2. Precious Metals Spot Market Value

Object Value: As I stated above the spot metals market values for gold and silver is in many cases exceeding the perceived value of gold and silver as objects of utility, beauty, jewelry and so on.

But, and this is a big ol’ warning. This is not always the case. There are still many items of gold and silver that have object value many times worth their weight in gold and silver, notwithstanding the price of gold and silver today.

So take heed, do your homework . Tiffany, Shreve and Co., as well as objects of gold and silver by makers too numerous to list, have values as objects many times in excess of their value as gold or silver.

Precious Metals Spot Market Value: The first thing to know about selling gold or silver on the open market to a gold or silver metals dealer, is that there are two kinds of “Ounces.”

  • Avoirdupois Ounce = 28.34 Grams
  • Troy Ounce = 31.10 Grams

So when you pop your gold and silver objects onto a gram scale, make sure you weigh them using the Troy Ounce system to figure out how many grams they actually weigh.

All Gold and Silver Is Weighed In Troy Ounces!

Here is a way to put this into perspective…

When weighing gold the following formulas apply.

24k Gold (.999) = 31.1 Pure Grams Of Gold Per Weighed Ounce.

22k Gold (.916) = 28.48 Pure Grams Of Gold Per Weighed Ounce.

18k Gold (.750) =  23.32 Pure Grams Of Gold Per Weighed Ounce.

14k Gold (.585) =  18.19 Pure Grams Of Gold Per Weighed Ounce.

10k Gold (.416) = 12.93 Pure Grams Of Gold Per Weighed Ounce.

When weighing Silver the following formulas apply.

Pure Silver = 31.1 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.950 = Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.935 = 29.54 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.925 Silver = 28.76 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.916 Silver = 28.48 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.900 Silver = 27.99 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

.800 Silver = 24.88 Pure Grams of Silver Per Weighed Ounce.

So what can you sell your gold and silver for today?

The per gram price for 14k gold today is$22.57

The per gram price for sterling (.925) today is .56 cents

But that’s not what a precious metals dealer will pay you. You can expect them to pay within the range of between 70% and 85% of the spot metal price for your gold and 65% to 75% for your silver.

I have seen many people sell their gold jewelry for as little as 50% of spot metals market prices, especially when they sell to national metals buyers they have found through T.V., Radio, and Print media. As well as by those who attend those nifty Gold and Silver parties at friends homes.

I am always in the market for collections of sterling, be they English, European, Mexican, Russian or American – Jewelry or Other Objects of Sterling.

Good Luck!

Martin Codina


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Because Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelets Tell Stories

We Might As Well Call Them Memory Bracelets!

Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet With 28 Charms $325.00

I believe in memory, and the way objects are understood to hold memory, to tell stories, and act as place markers; to me that is what Vintage Charm Bracelets do – They Hold Memories…

That’s what makes them so popular; that there is a story contained, and artfully dangling from each and every one of them…

“Memories, light the corners of my mind…”

Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet With 27 Charms $250.00

I think that it is a bit of a pity, that charm bracelets are not more explicitly defined as memory bracelets, or used to tell the story of a life – used as a narrative device; I just think that would be so rich if…they were.

If Your Grandmother Told the Story This Charm Bracelet Contains…

Vintage Sterling Charm Bracelet With 45 Charms $450.00

My suggestion to you, if you know that your Mother or Grandmother has a Vintage Charm Bracelet – is to have them tell the story that their charm bracelet contains. And to have them do that in front of a video camera, this could be an incredible and easy way to gather and collect a part of her history, that might otherwise be lost.

In a somewhat related post I wrote about a person who does this sort of thing for people: Estate Sales Photographs What Happens Too Them

Charmed I am Sure, May I drape from your wrist…?

Vintage Sterling Charm Bracelet With 29 Charms $250.00

Elegant, Classy, and Fun…Vintage Sterling Charm Bracelets are a great way to make your own individual fashion statement. Every one of them is different, each with their own story.

They are for the most part not name branded, or designer themed, but are more an expression of one woman’s experience navigating through her world, and more often than not they represent her story of love – how she loved, where she loved and with whom she loved…

Puffy Heart Charms Are The Big Ticket Charms…

We Have A Vintage Charm Bracelet With 3 Puffy Heart Charms $135.00

What do you think about Vintage Charm Bracelets as objects of memory…?

Do you have a Charm Bracelet with an interesting story?

Let Us Know…


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Sink Your Teeth Into Antiques

Sink Your Teeth Into Antiques and Collecting

Antique Dental Model From: Phisick Medical Antiques

We have to eat because we are so very hungry – like everyday 365 days a year. And we have to have variety, we don’t want to eat the same thing everyday…we get kind of bored by the same old same old. So we seek out the exotic – the new, and that’s what we consume.

Maybe that’s OK when it comes to food, variety being the spice of life and all, but what about the way our hunger translates to fashions and furnishings? Is it still OK to always seek out the new? Is it at all unreasonable to continue to demand that new items be manufactured, used a few years, then to load them onto a truck, and cart them to a landfill?

Buying Antiques Is A Small Way To Save The World

Tooth Shaped Drinking Cup Sold By Lyon & Turnbull For £380

It’s this writers observation that the biggest consumers of home furnishings are younger people, somewhere in the age range between 25 and 45 years old. Guess what, they are not buying a lot of antiques, they’re instead making the decision to purchase home furnishings of recent manufacture.

Fashion is the engine of so much new commerce, which is great. New fashions are wonderful expressions of a cultures creativity, and that creativity has a trickle effect throughout the economy – which is great as well. But what about fashion, and the search for the next Big Thing’s effect on the environment? How many trees does it take to furnish a house?

Take a Long Sip From The Past

Sold By Cowans $510.00Sold By Cowans $206.00Sold By Cowans $316.00

The Question Might Better Be: How Can You Meld The Old With The New

Yesterday, I was in the San Francisco home of a wonderful woman who is in my opinion, designing her interiors to reflect the past in such a way that they are still clearly useful to today’s consumers. She had an amazing kitchen with all the latest modern conveniences, but it was also decked out with antique lighting and vintage china and cookware. Every wall sconce and ceiling light fixture seemed to come out of an old Moe Bridges catalog. Art Deco furnishing were highlighted here and there throughout her house; paired with objects a’ la Steampunk. Did I mention the Marshall Stacks and Vintage Guitars…?

She is kind of like an Inspired Design Diva…I wish there were more like her. People who can show others how to incorporate antiques in such a visually stunning way, but at the same time keep the feeling of the house fresh and somehow contemporary.

Eat, But Don’t Have Your Hunger Create Negative Effects

Antique Ivory Dental Model with Hinged Jaws Sold By Skinner For $1,293.00

Here Are 5 Environmentally Positive Ways You Can Furnish Your Home…

  1. Purchase used high end designer furniture from auctions.
  2. Decide that 50% of all new acquisitions will be vintage
  3. Tell Antique Dealers what you really want, they need to know.
  4. Go to Estate Sales, their variety will surprise you.
  5. Look for deals on Craigslist.

Now Sit Back And Enjoy Your Less Environmentally Painful Surroundings

Antique Dentist Chair Sold By Skinner For an Undisclosed Amount


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