Ask the Experts: Trash day curbside find could be worth $125


LET-Q I would like to know if this little vase is of any value.

It is 4 inches long. I actually found it in some boxes that were on the side of the street to be picked up on trash day.

It is iridescent in greens and blues, and when you hold it to the light, it seems to be light purple. It also has a chip on the bottom.028web

It is too small for a flower vase, so is it just for show?

I subscribe to the Antique Trader paper — it is so informative. I also get you online.

-B.T, via email.

Ask the Experts letter "A" Your vase is reminiscent of the early iridescent or opalescent art glass popular from the early 1890s through the Art Nouveau period. This type of art glass was introduced around 1896 by Tiffany and was referred to as Favrile (a derivative of the French fabrile, or hand-made).
In making Favrile glass, Tiffany poured color into the molten glass, and so the colors are actually embedded in the glass rather than being applied to the surface.
Other glassmakers such as Durand and Steuben soon followed with their own iridescent art glass.
It is unclear from the photo whether there is a signature on the base of the vase, however, the “chip” on the base is appears to be an open or rough pontil mark (a pontil mark that has not been smoothed or ground). This mark indicates a piece was hand blown with the use of a pontil, a type of blow tube. The bottom of the vase is a solid blue rather than iridized like the surface, which suggests the opalescence, is on the exterior rather than embedded in the glass itself.
Your vase appears too bulky and a bit dull when compared with early art glass.
Based on the photograph, it appears to be a contemporary piece with a value in the $75 to $125 range.


LET-Q My husband’s father recently passed away and we found a box of Hollie Hobbie die-cast antique metal miniatures – most still in the packages.
Can you advise me how to sell these? I understand there is a market for them.
— R.F, via email

Ask the Experts letter "A"Your Holly Hobbie die-cast miniatures were made by a company named Durham during the mid-to-late 1970s.
There is a market for them; you can find them listed at almost every Internet retail website, including the large booksellers [usually retailing for $5 to $15 apiece, if still in the package].
You may try to sell you miniatures this way, or locate a local dealer who buys toys and/or collectibles, or sell them as a lot through a local auctioneer.


About our A.I.A. appraiser: Anthony J. Cavo is an honors graduate of the Asheford Institute Of Antiques and a graduate of Reisch College of Auctioneering. He has extensive experience in the field of buying and selling antiques and collectibles; at age 18, he became one of the youngest purchasers and consigners of antiques and art for a New York auction house. Mr. Cavo is an active dealer in the antiques and collectibles marketplace in the U.S. and abroad.