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Eating My Words [Oct. 9th, 2013|12:44 pm]
Tony Grist
I was wrong about the jug. It's silver. The hallmark was hidden up near the rim and quite badly rubbed. Put that and the indeterminate piece together (it turns out to be part of a cruet stand) and they could make £100-150. I expect that's scrap value.

Our man wasn't sure about the temple dogs. They need to go to an expert. The likelihood is they're 19th century Chinese copies of 17th century originals. I thought they might be European. Our man says the Europeans didn't copy things that are so culturally specific. Water birds, yes; temple dogs, no.

We also got him to take some mid-century leather suitcases- two of them from Harrods. They won't go into a London sale but to a small, affiliated saleroom in Bodiam.  
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From: artkouros
2013-10-09 12:07 pm (UTC)
That might be fun.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-09 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was an entertaining half-hour.

The suitcases had initials on them- my grandfather's, my grandmother's, my father's.
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From: cmcmck
2013-10-09 12:15 pm (UTC)
We found what we thought was a Brittania metal teapot amongst my MiL's effects.

Turns out to be silver and late 18th century and worth a bit although we're not selling!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-09 04:35 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-10-09 12:21 pm (UTC)
The Chinese copies could still be worth a few bob, even if they're 19th century. There's a good market for them if they're not damaged.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-10-09 04:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's a market for anything Chinese at the moment. These are pretty little things.
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