Monday, September 17, 2012

Condition, Condition, Condition!

It’s definitely the first three rules of the antiques and collectibles world.  It could probably be stretched out to be rules 4 and 5 as well with not much effort.

Here’s a quick question:  can you tell me what’s wrong with the shaker in the picture above?

I hate to say it, but it has a nasty chip underneath the lid.  The chip is just way too big to buff out.

I saw an article many years ago that stated that when there is damage to a piece of glassware like a chip or a crack, it’s only worth 20 percent of its original value.

Keeping that in mind, you need to check the item out very thoroughly before you commit to buy.  This was one of the first lessons that I learned when I first started out.  Check for chips on the edges and underneath a lid, and even look through the item to see if you can find any cracks.  If it has an applied handle, check to see if there are any cracks where the handle and the body of the item meet.

If you happen to get home and find some damage, don’t fret.  You can repurpose the item into a make shift vase, or something else completely (like a pencil holder).

1 comment:

  1. For resale purposes that chip is a disaster. For collecting purposes, still not good. For just having a beautiful Fenton hobnail shaker -- NO PROBLEM! Good advice about checking the item thoroughly beforehand--I have no qualms about standing in front of a seller and running my hands all over the piece. Of course, the best sellers will either (1) not have anything with chips, or (2) at least point them out.