STAWELL - Bruce Lowenthal, antique dealer and auctioneer, has announced he will be back again next year in Stawell.
The Stawell Biarri Group for Genealogy conducted its annual antiques and appraisal day at the Stawell Library with Bruce Lowenthal conducting appraisals throughout the day.
There was in excess of 160 items appraised on the day, the value of the items ranged from $25 to $2500. Items presented were from all around the world including England, America, Europe, Asia and Australia, with some exceptional items from the Stawell area. There were also some very ancient artifacts from China.
Some of the items presented were of museum quality. Items appraised included jewellery, badges, medals, clocks, dolls, signage, chinaware, pewter, brass, tins, furniture, paintings, photos and much more.
With some items being too large to bring they were able to be appraised by photograph and for the first time this year technology has played a part with Ipads being used for photographing items to be appraised. This way, larger or more fragile items did not have to be physically brought to the library.
During the appraisal, Bruce spoke about each of the items and its origin before giving his appraisal.
Everyone was welcome on the day whether you were bringing along an item to be appraised or if you had come along as part of the audience.
Between appraisals Bruce gave valuable tips on how to clean and store your antiques. He also shared with the audience invaluable knowledge on what to look for when purchasing an antique, including what the hot ticket items are in auction rooms at the present moment.
Some of the more interesting items that were presented on the day:
Jardiniere of Britannia medal circa 1890-1900. This was awarded as a second prize by the St Kilda Yacht Club to the current owner's ancestor, in very good condition. Value $250.
Hamilton Patent Bottle Circa 1890 embossed John Maddocks, Stawell. This bottle was found by the owner while digging in the garden. Very good condition. Value $500.
Australian Carnival glass master bowl, dark in colour with the Kookaburra design. Excellent condition. Value $500.
Strand of Vintage Mikimoto pearls and matching earrings given to the current owner by her mother. They are in their original box with certificate book dated 1969. The clasp is Birmingham sterling silver. Value: $1200.
Chinese dagger over 500 years old, with ivory decorated section around the hilt of the dagger. This is a collector's item that is usually found in a museum. Value: $500.
A very rare cast iron William Tell mechanical bank, circa 1896, by J & E Stevens & Co. Cromwell. In working order. Value $800.
Large early antique copper and brass Samovar (or tea urn) with cast iron slug in base which was warmed in a fire then inserted into the central tube to keep water hot, with tap. Good condition Value $800.