|

Appraisal draws collectors to Sibley House

Westborough - More than 50 people brought questions, collectibles and antiques to the Westborough Historical Society's free antiques appraisal Sept. 24 at the Sibley House, 13 Parkman St.

Jay Beard of Simond Oakes Auctioneers and Appraisers, who has appeared on Antiques Roadshow, told a rapt audience that making money in collecting and selling antiques and collectibles often depends on timing.

For example, Model A cars were once popular and expensive when World War II era veterans were looking for them, he said. Those collectors are dying off, and a car once valued in the tens of thousands of dollars can now be had for $12,000.

On the other hand, that same generation bought German beer steins, and now, Germans are buying them back, he said. So now sellers can get a good price for quality German beer steins.

Susan Baker, president of the Historical Society president, brought one of her grandmother's bowls to be appraised. Beard said at first glance the handpainted glazed bowl looked to be from the Pennsylvania region, and dated it to before the 1800s. He placed its value at $250 to $350.

"I'm never using that bowl again," Baker said, smiling.

Beard's associate Rob Goodrich also talked about eBay auctions and answered audience questions about the online auction service.

Short URL: http://www.communityadvocate.com/?p=876

Posted by on Sep 28 2007. Filed under Uncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply


+ 5 = twelve

Support local businesses!

Recently Commented

  • Steve: This has been going on for decades. We can build a new bridge, stock fish, but can’t stop sewage from...
  • alice: different subject. i am a handicap person who would like to be able to shop in your store, but was told the...
  • Jillian Rizzitano (President of Algonquin Environmental Club): Congratulations! NJWC helped us so much with...
  • Jesse: Best of luck guys. What a great achievement and a great story. Well done.
  • Betsy Green: Bill McManus is the BEST! Congrats on all of your successes, Eug!