The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 28, 2014

Victorian furniture prices down, silver up

There were two tall walnut cabinet/desk secretaries sold at the auction on June 14.

Sold choice, the first one climbed quickly to $425 and was sold to a DeWitt buyer. The second secretary, with a roll-front desk, had minor damage on the bottom doors and was knocked down for $300. A walnut corner shelf was a nice buy at $65. A walnut commode went across the auction block at $90 and three nice lamps were sold for $35, $50 and $60 each. A Duncan Phyfe mahogany corner cabinet sold for an even $100. A beautifully carved walnut bed and dresser sold for $225 and went to a home in Delmar.

A beautiful multi-shelved walnut etagere with bottom marble insert and drawer went to a very astute buyer for $575. This was the center piece of the Victorian furniture and 15 years ago would have sold for $3,000 to $4,000. This piece shows the fall of Victorian furniture from its high in the 1990s to the present day market. A pair of matching lamps, which were just very unique and beautiful to look at, lit up a bid of $290. Two nice dressers, plus a table, were sold by choice and the high bidder took all three for an even $390.

An antique picture frame was quickly snatched up for a bid of $50. Four cane-bottom chairs went out for $30 and the next pair of chairs went for $35. A cranberry cruet went to an advanced collector for $110, a pair of Loetz vases sold for an excellent buy at $60 and another smaller round Loetz bowl was sold for $40. A high bid of $1,000 silenced the crowd as a sterling bowl and silver tray went to a Moline buyer.

Sterling flatware, bowls and coffee sets are in high demand at the present time. The silver buyers attend all the auctions and bid against each other to win the high bid. Several flatware sets often go over $3,000. If you have sterling silver or silver coins to sell, definitely contact me to get a value. Remember, however, that silver plate is practically worthless.

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