Monday, 18 January 2021

Here’s How Much These Iconic Antiques From the Past 30 Years Are Worth Now

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Early 20th-Century French Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

What it was worth (1984): $750

What it’s worth now: $15,000

This beautiful piece of designer luggage appeared in Fendelman’s very first column for Country Living in 1984.

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American Thermos Co. Roy Rogers Lunch Box

What it was worth (2004): $300

What it’s worth now: $65

This cowboy-covered lunch box is now worth less than a fourth of its original appraised value, but we still love the Western theme.

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International Harvester Buddy L Toy Truck

What it was worth (1989): $1,200

What it’s worth now: $3,500

This might be one toy you don’t let your kids play with.

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Early-20th-Century Halls Excelsior Mechanical Bank

What it was worth (1987): $275

What it’s worth now: $1,750

After 31 years, this mechanical bank was appraised for more than six times its original value.

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1985 Australian Thoroughbred Print

What it was worth (2012): $225

What it’s worth now: $100

This vintage horse print would look perfect in any room boasting a farmhouse-inspired aesthetic.

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1960s Bonnie Cashin Coat

What it was worth (2008): $600

What it’s worth now: $800

This jacket was made by Bonnie Cashin, one of the originators of American sportswear. She also created uniforms for women fighting in World War II.

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Blue Onion Condiment Set

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Cast-Iron Water Sprinkler

What it was worth (1997): $425

What it’s worth now: $1,500

We’re not sure how useful this sprinkler would be today, but the duck design is pretty cute (and that updated price tag is pretty impressive).

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Phillips & Clark Stove Co. Art Andes 20 Stove

What it was worth (1986): $3,500

What it’s worth now: $5,000

This antique stove is quite a bit bulkier and much more intricate than today’s models, but it will no doubt make a statement in your home.

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1950s Rand McNally Terrestrial Globe

What it was worth (2004): $50

What it’s worth now: $65

Rand McNally, a company founded way back in 1856, still makes maps today.

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19th-Century Lehnware Bucket

What it was worth (2001): $22,000

What it’s worth now: $22,000

We certainly wouldn’t be using this antique—which has surprisingly retained its value over the years—for its intended purpose.

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Sterling Silver Tiffany Demitasse Spoons

What it was worth (2010): $1,400 for a set of 7

What it’s worth now: $750

Although they’ve decreased in value by nearly 50 percent, these spoons are still stunning.

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European Enamelware Coffee Pot

What it was worth (2005): $350

What it’s worth now: $200

We’d love to have our coffee or tea served from this floral painted pot.

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1904 National Cash Register

What it was worth (2015): $900

What it’s worth now: $1,000

Vintage machines from National Cash Register—now called NCR Corporation—are often appraised for thousands of dollars.

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Albion Union Windmill Salesman’s Sample

What it was worth (2006): $3,500

What it’s worth now: $3,500

Fendelman says Saleman’s Samples pieces that have original parts are very valuable.

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Circa-1910 Shoemaker’s Nail Holder

What it was worth (1989): $75

What it’s worth now: $75

Although this device was originally used for nails, it could hold a variety of trinkets. Plus, think about how charming it would look on your dresser.

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Late-19th-Century Tiffany Table Lamp

What it was worth (2004): $12,000

What it’s worth now: $12,000

Compared to current Tiffany Table designs—which are sold for a few hundred dollars—this version is quite a bit pricier.

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Early-20th-Century Diamond Dyes Color Card

What it was worth (2013): $350

What it’s worth now: $350

Despite being around 100 years old, this colorful card is still vibrant.

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Circa-1940s Folk Art Croquet Wickets

What it was worth (2005): $1,800

What it’s worth now: $3,600

These animated wickets are much more fun than the traditional versions.

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1899 Shreve, Crump & Low Sterling Loving Cup

What it was worth (2015): $700

What it’s worth now: $2,700

According to its website, Shreve, Crump & Low—founded in 1796—is “America’s oldest purveyor of fine gifts.” Find it in the original finish, and you’ll more than double the value.

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Wallace Nutting Brace-Back Bow-Back Windsor Chair

What it was worth (1987): $2,500 for a set of 6

What it’s worth now: $1,800

Maybe it’s time to get your kitchen furniture appraised: This set of ordinary looking wood chairs is worth nearly $2,000 today!

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Circa-1940 Polka-Dot Cocktail Set

What it was worth (2008): $450

What it’s worth now: $400

Every hour is happy hour when you’re mixing drinks with this adorable cocktail set.

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Late-1800s Pennsylvania Chalkware Rooster

What it was worth (2005): $950

What it’s worth now: $950

Chalkware figurines are lightweight models that are actually made with plaster of Paris.

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Circa-1920 Pieced Quilt

What it was worth (2011): $2,500

What it’s worth now: $1,000

Although this blanket decreased in value by more than 50 percent, we think every handmade quilt is priceless.

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Walter Von Nessen Art Deco Constellation Lamp

What it was worth (2002): $400

What it’s worth now: $2,000

Walter von Nessen, husband of industrial designer Greta von Nessen, co-founded Nessen Studios, now Nessen Lamps Inc., with his wife.

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1920s Distler Busy Lizzie Tin Windup Toy

What it was worth (1995): $500

What it’s worth now: $500

Figures of people “doing everyday things” are rare to find, Fendelman says.

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Fanny Farmer Uncle Sam Container

What it was worth (2001): $45

What it’s worth now: $45

Candy company Fanny Farmer was named after the culinary queen, though she had nothing to do with the sweet business.

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1892 Presidential Campaign Souvenir Bandana

What it was worth (2012): $1,200

What it’s worth now: $500

This vintage bandana displays the faces of the 22nd President of the United States, Grover Cleveland, and his second Vice President, Adlai Stevenson.

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1900 Wool Yacht Flag

What it was worth (2004): $200

What it’s worth now: $650

If just the flag is appraised for $650, we wonder how much the yacht it flew on is worth!

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Griswold Cast-Iron Cake Mold

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Source: https://www.countryliving.com/shopping/antiques/g22874359/antique-appraisals-what-is-it-worth/

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