Traveling Appraiser Show Washington DC – Grand Oaks
On September 7th, 2016 we held a Traveling Appraiser Show at the Grand Oaks Assisted Living Center NW Washington DC and in association with Paradigm Experts. A number of residents and local community members attended. In particular, Ruth Meixner Bird, a local artist who has shown work around the Mid Atlantic region through the years while working at Montgomery College as an Art Professor, was in attendance. Though “retired” she still paints and has a showing coming up at the Arts Club of Washington Spilsbury Gallery. But, back to the Traveling Appraiser Show. There were many items including a signed Elvis Presley photograph, vintage book titled “Our USA : A gay geography” which the owner intends to donate to a library, a few pieces of ceramics, some ancient civilization coins, etc. Most interesting were items brought in by WWII vet named Mike Levin who fought at the Battle Of The Bulge. From his time in Europe during the war he brought home a variety of items such as a German Field Artillery Commanders binoculars. Unfortunately, he was unable to bring home the original tripod. Had he, then the appraisal value would have jumped from $200 to $2500 retail. (Pickers, keep that in mind when you come across partial WWII military equipment.) Mike also brought in a piece of Delft circa 1810 which appraised a retail value of $750 USD. He found it in a bombed out building. There had been 3 pieces, but only the one survived the blast unscathed. Finally, and most interesting of the entire event, Mike shared a seemingly innocuous treasure called a Russian Throne Salt. This item, circa 1875, holds the most value of the items brought in. In the 1800’s, there were essentially two classes of people: The very rich and very poor. So, not many peasants could afford a sterling silver salt throne with an interior washed in gold. This means the item must have belonged to a wealthy person or royalty. There are number of hallmarks on the item which require further research. However, on the low end the item is worth $700-$900 USD. If the hallmarks can be found and the item attributed to royalty, then the appraisal value will jump several thousand dollars. Wow! Congratulations Mike and thank you for your service so many years ago! To the rest of the attendees we thank you for coming to our Traveling Appraiser Show. And, we also want to say thank you to Grand Oaks for hosting us. We hope to visit again!
Youtube Video – Traveling Appraiser Show – Grand Oaks – Washington DC
Appraisal Photographs from Grand Oaks Traveling Appraiser Show
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Appraisals by Todd Peenstra of PeenstraAppraisls.com.
Co-host / Appraisals Steve of Paradigm Experts.
Filmed on location at Grand Oaks, NW Washington DC
Youtube video production by Serr.biz.
Voice over and script by Michael Zittel.