What’s it worth? Antiques, collectibles evaluated during Carmel fundraiser
May 31, 2015 - table lamp
CARMEL A solid tide of pilgrims journeyed Saturday to Community Church of a Monterey Peninsula, toting bags, boxes and a occasional fridge barrow installed with equipment they hoped competence spin out to be their pot of gold.
At a finish of a rainbow sat 4 veteran appraisers who were watchful to put a value on whatever came their approach during a Mission Trail Lions Club’s initial Antiques and Collectibles Day, a fundraiser for a Blind and Visually Impaired Center of Monterey County, as good as a Lions Building for a Blind in Pacific Grove.
Everybody walked in with high hopes. Most left smiling, either they found themselves in possession of a value or an object for a yard sale.
Joan Hafner of Corral de Tierra brought an perplexing ink sketch by Jeannette Maxfield, who was improved famous for her watercolors. Cynthia Riebe of Carmel Valley got certain news about some valuables done in Mexico by American artist William Spratling. A portrayal brought in by Peninsula proprietor Tom Gardner incited out to be formidable to value since it wasn’t signed, yet he remained confident as he waited for White to check out a span of antique, single-shot pistols his father-in-law had confiscated from a German encampment during a finish of World War II.
For a appraisers, it was an beguiling day.
“I adore it — positively adore it,” pronounced Joseph White, whose imagination is on estate valuables and cowboy memorabilia. “You never know what people are going to move in and, of course, they also have no suspicion what they have, in many cases.
“It thrills me to no finish when somebody comes in with a box, since we only never know what’s going to be in that box. Usually it’s something that belonged to gramps, or great-grandmother, and got upheld along. And a chairman customarily has no suspicion where it was from, what it’s worth, or either it was critical to grandma or not.”
The gauntlet also enclosed art appraiser Terry Trotter of Trotter Galleries; Rick Wilkerson, whose imagination includes selected books; and John Buonaguidi, owners of All-American Antiques in Pacific Grove, who specializes in bullion and silver.
“We brought some figurines, plates and a integrate of vases, one of that came from Florence (Italy),” pronounced Spreckels local May Higuera, a second-grade clergyman now vital in Monterey. “The surprise, for me, was that (White) suspicion one of a vases is value about $650. It belonged to my mom, and when she upheld away, nobody wanted it, so it went into a closet.”
It was a family affair. Higuera’s brother-in-law, Chuck Boogay, had a hand-painted cognac bottle from a 1964 Seattle World’s Fair, and a permit image that was emblazoned with “World’s Fair California ‘39.”
“That was of seductiveness since California didn’t have a World’s Fair in 1939,” pronounced Boogay, a Monterey resident. “The appraiser told me it was substantially partial of a tiny run of permit plates they done that year, for some reason, yet he pronounced he’d have to get on his mechanism to find out more.”
There was Higuera’s sister, Mona Swanston, who brought framed design to be checked out by Trotter.
“She has a unequivocally good one of a Virgin Mary that she’s certain is a painting, yet we keep revelation her it’s a print,” Higuera pronounced with a laugh. “So, now I’m watchful to say, ‘I told we so!’ ”
Sure enough, a pure incited out to be a imitation that Trotter valued during “several hundred dollars,” Swanston said. Another piece, though, was unequivocally original.
“Our mom came to Monterey in a 1940s and got a pursuit during Red’s Donuts on Alvarado Street. The owners (Red Woodward) embellished clowns, and he gave one of a paintings to a mother,” Higuera said.
The Woodward portrayal was appraised Saturday during about $450.
Mary and Tom Hewitt of Pacific Grove suspected they competence have a value in a large, ornate, electric flare that had been purchased in a late 1960s or early 1970s by Mary’s mother.
“Everybody kept saying, ‘Wow, what a pleasing piece! That’s got to be value $25,000, $30,000,’ ” Tom pronounced of a jade-colored piece, suspected of being an strange Tiffany. “The appraiser pronounced it would be value that most if it was a Tiffany lamp, yet there’s no name on it anywhere, so they can’t substantiate it.”
The good news from White, though, was that dual other lamps — both kerosene — had some value.
“They incited out to be value some-more than we expected,” Mary Hewitt said. “I figured they’d substantially value for reduction than $100, yet he said, ‘No, anywhere from $300 to $700.’ ”
Margie Kloth of Seaside says she’ll have to wait for her estimation of a unique, gold-colored set of dishes that was upheld down by her family from a great-aunt and uncle.
“It’s been in my mother- and father-in-law’s stable for years,” she said. “The appraiser (Buonaguidi) was unequivocally tender that a set was all together, yet he says he’ll have to take a closer demeanour to establish either it’s indeed gold, or only bullion matting.
“He also pronounced that nonetheless a dishes are beautiful, a marketplace for them isn’t unequivocally there,” she said. “I’m certain he’s right, since how many people would use this kind of stuff, unless they perform a lot and like to set a unequivocally good table?”
Dennis Taylor can be reached during 726-4371.