What’s that old thing worth anyway!?

Cleaning out the attic? Need to identify an item or determine a value for insurance purposes? Planning to search the Yard Crawl for hidden treasures? The library has a great online resource where you can find the answers to those questions – What is it? and How much is it worth?

The Price 4 Antiques Reference database contains information about collectibles, antiques and fine art  provided by over 140 major U.S. auction companies. The database is updated daily and each item listed has at least one color picture, a description, the sale price and date, and auction house name and contact information. Biographical and historical reference notes are added to many of the records.

A recent search for Strasburg pottery in the database found the following entry from March 3, 2012:

Considered rare, this stoneware face pitcher with profuse cobalt [blue] tulip decoration is attributed to Samuel Bell, Winchester or Strasburg, Virginia, circa 1835 to 1845. Nearly tripling the pre-sale estimate, this piece sold at auction for $63,250.00!

Want to explore for yourself? You will find Price for Antiques linked from the Research tab on the library website under Online Resources.

So whether you are a history buff, an avid collector or just looking forward to finding a treasure or two at the next estate sale you visit, Price 4 Antiques has something for you!