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Cari and her team are appraising items for a few lucky viewers. Share your photos and stories for a chance to see your treasures here.

  • Bright Blue Bike

    Bright Blue Bike

    Submitted by Michele, USA

    Schwinn bikes hold a special place for me, having had one as a kid and recently reconnecting with that childhood memory after scoring one myself. I’m just waiting for the snow to melt so I can hit the pavement! Schwinn introduced the Sting Ray, or low-rider in the 1960’s when the “Kustom” king, George Barris began lowering automobiles. Kids throughout the country, inspired by this muscle car movement, became inventive and started customizing their bicycles. In 1963 Schwinn responded to the market and introduced the Sting Ray. Built to model the dragster, cycling jumped from a method of transport to just good old fun. Your bike appears to be a Schwinn Sting Ray, but after looking over the pictures carefully and consulting our Schwinn expert, it is clear that the frame is a reproduction. However, the interesting thing is that some of the parts seem to be original Sting Ray parts, mainly the rims and the seat. It looks like someone had a reproduction frame and put some vintage parts on it to give it an authentic look. It does say Schwinn on it but it was imported by a company called Pacific Cycle, as seen on the sticker on the bottom bracket. Regardless of this, it is still a sweet score and if I had to put a price on it, I would estimate it’s value to be around 200 USD.

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  • Antique Canedback Couch

    Antique Canedback Couch

    Submitted by Duane Raimondi, USA

    Though furniture is always a challenge to date, without physical inspection I would probably place this somewhere around the early to mid 20th century (1920 to 1950). A reproduction William & Mary settee, indicated by the block and barley twist legs and barley twist stretcher as well as the carved arms and crested back. The wood appears to be tiger oak and the caning is in lovely condition. I would definitely relate this to the English school, with perhaps some Dutch influence, which was quite common to furniture from New York with the great influx of Dutch settlers and craftsman. What a great piece, Duane. I would probably value this at between 300 and 500 USD. It’s quite easy to see that is was loved and cared for. . . . treasure it!

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  • What Is It? What Was It Used For?

    Submitted by Northville, USA

    An interesting “dish”, or better yet, ashtray! These pieces, as kitsch as they might be, were quite common with cigar aficionados. Cigar trays came in many forms, but woodland creatures were the most popular. The small dish insert is where you would butt out your cigar. In today’s market with some chips, you can find these great and quirky items for 5 to 10 USD. It’s lovely to see your Grandma Repurposed this piece ... a girl after my own heart.

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  • Nippon Decorative Dish

    Submitted by Annette Brun, TN

    Without being able to authenticate the signature on the reverse of the dish as well as its dimensions, I might guess this piece to be a Nippon Morimura Brothers gilt banded serving bowl with a contemporary design. The quality of the early Noritake wares really varied with the skill of each decorator. The early marks from this period are typically the country of origin i.e. Ni hon or "Nippon" written by brush in traditional Japanese Kanji characters. If this piece is free of chips and hairline cracks and clearly marked, I would date it between 1910 and 1920 with a value of $75 to $100 USD.

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  • Tom Swift Books (10) by Victor Appleton

    Submitted by Annette Brun, TN

    Tom Swift is the name of the central character in five series, totaling over 100 volumes, of juvenile science fiction and adventure novels. The character was created by Edward Stratemeyer with Tom's adventures being written by a number of different ghostwriters over the years. Most of the books are published under the collective pseudonym Victor Appleton. The character first appeared in 1910, with new titles published as recently as 2007. Your collection appears to be a lot of 10, published between 1910 and 1941 by Grosset & Dulap, in fair to good reading condition, with little edgewear and hinges intact. I would estimate the lot of 10 at a value of $150 USD. But hold on to these for a bit, Annette. Development of a feature film based on the series was announced in 2008. If this series makes it to the big screen, we could see the interest and value jump considerably.

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  • Yellow Birds

    Submitted by Annette Brun, TN

    Hi Jane, You have a lovely little treasure in your hands. The marking on the bottom is Stangl and your piece is a vintage Stangl Goldfinch and her chicks. The Stangl Company was best known for their hand-painted and hand-carved dinnerware. Then, in 1940, The Stangl Company took advantage of a crippled import market, caused by the onset of WWII and introduced ceramic birds to their production. With the end of the war marking a rebound of the import trade, Stangl limited production of these figures, until November 1978, when the factory closed. The piece appears to be in wonderful condition and I believe you could easily achieve an asking price of between $60 to $100 USD.

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  • Weather Or Not

    Submitted by Weather Or Not, USA

    This lovely weathervane, depicting a trotter horse with sulky and rider, appears to be copper with an incredible patina. Based on your photos, it looks as if all the directional pieces and pole are intact as well as the reigns and wheel spokes. The subject matter is quite popular, and very similar to the historic Lana Lobell Trotter Horse Weathervane, found at the Lana Lobell horse farm in Bedminster, New Jersey. I believe you could have a wonderful example of American folk art, dating between the late 19th to early 20th century. I too would have scaled that barn to rescue this wonderful treasure. With the right collector, you might achieve an asking price in excess of $500 USD ?.if it were mine, I would consider it priceless.

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  • Vintage Coca-Cola Ice Chest

    Submitted by Sharon, USA

    Hi Sharon, What a great find! Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time on March 12, 1894 and that year, the first outdoor wall advertisement was painted ?.the world fell in love with all things Coca Cola. This great ice chest or cooler is a vintage 1950's piece produced by the Cavalier Corporation of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The chest would have included an interior metal tray and a wooden grate that was placed in the bottom of the cooler. More often than not, these pieces go missing, but Coca Cola collectors are heroes in hunting these pieces down and making them complete once again. I would estimate your ice chest, with typical wear and tear at a value of $50 to $75 USD.

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  • Birthday Clown

    Submitted by Linda, USA

    Since the 13th century Venetian glass has been known in Europe and in the Near East for its elegant shapes and transparent qualities. Since the 15th century, the island of Murano has been the benchmark for the creation of the finest glass. Murano collectors can be found in every corner of the globe. With the advent of the internet, the market for these highly sought after collectables has soared. Murano Glass Clowns, in their many forms have realized values from $50 to the thousands. This lovely Murano Clown with bottle was probably produced in the early to late 1950's. I would estimate your wonderful treasure at a value between $150 and $200 USD.

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