View single post by George Durbin
 Posted: Thu May 15th, 2014 12:23 am
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George Durbin

Joined: Fri Nov 2nd, 2012
Jim Kovar wrote: Tom Dreesen wrote: "There are pieces of furniture on antiques road show the experts claim it is worth more money because of the water stains, scratches and dents... Really?"

Yes, really.

Twice to 3X more in most cases compared to a refinished piece.

I remember seeing an Antiques Roadshow segment, years ago,
in which an old lady was doing her "show and tell."

She had found a long-ago stowed away Dick Van Erp hammered
copper lamp with a mica shade in her attic.  She had Brasso'ed
the copper to a beautiful shine, just for the show!

When the appraiser said it was worth $15K, she smiled with a
sh**-eating grin. The appraiser later explained, if she had not
buffed the patina off the lamp, it's worth would have been $60K.

Her jaw bone made a loud thud as it hit the floor.

I saw that episode. My wife thinks they are man cave only... I thought it was beautiful! Neat and tasty too! Kinda like any art. If Van gogh had to make a living off me, he would have been broker than he was!:hammer: