Coins, clown figurines are appraised at Antique Critique

HARTINGTON —  Some real treasures showed up at the Antique Show here Saturday.
“Antique Critique,” which was put on by the Northeast Nebraska Resource, Conservation and Development, gave people a chance to bring an item in and have an “expert” identify the object, provide some information on the background and put an estimate on the value.
If the experts or the estimators could not come up with a possible value they pointed the owner to other sources to help them.
The big question for the day was “is it a treasure or trash?”
Some things were not worth as much as the owner had hoped for while other items proved to be very valuable.

One of the highest priced items was brought in by a man who lives in Knox County. His 1856 “flying eagle” penny could be worth between $8,000-$10,000.
“It is in good shape and the toning is good,” estimator Bill Peters said.
An 1877 penny that was in mint condition and a 1909 Lincoln penny could bring close to $1,000.
A test is available that will prove the coins authenticity, said Peters.
The owner said he had found some of the coins behind a cabinet in a house and he had also purchased coins on-line.
A large white and cobalt blue pitcher immediately had the attention of estimators Pat Janke and Marla Austin.
The pitcher was decorated with a painting of an Indian’s head and a few trees.
“It is beautiful. It is special because of the large size and its condition,” Janke said. “It is valuable.”
Janke and Austin knew the pitcher had been made at Sleepy Eye, Minn.
The approximate value was placed between $500-$800.
The pitcher had been a gift to the Cedar County Museum.
Janke and Austin enjoyed looking at the nearly two-foot tall Japanese vase that Marian Schroeder, Bloomfield, showed them.
“It is in excellent shape. The color is gorgeous. The gold on vase remains intact,” Janke said. “This has to have been fired more than once.”
Janke was impressed by the small wood box that had at one time been used to hold medical tools for a veterinarian.
“This is amazing,” Janke said as she folded open the box.
The value was estimated to be around $500-$700.
Schroeder was told an older veterinarian might be able to give additional information.

The nearly two-feet tall clown figurine brought a few smiles to the faces of Janke and Austin and to the owner, Virginia Buerman, Creighton.
Buerman said she paid close to $30 for the clown at an estate sale 30 years ago.
“I bought it for my daughter who was interested in clowns. There were several other clowns at the sale – each one was holding a different musical instrument,” Buerman said.
The clown that was made in Italy is now worth around $100. The clowns are still being made today and there are a number of them on the market.
A metal Dr. Pepper serving tray had a picture of a lion and the words “King of Beverages” on it.
Buerman was told the tray was a reproduction and worth around $9.
Buerman said she had found the tray in a house that she had purchased.
A sled that had been left in the original condition – nothing had been replaced – could be worth $225.
The owner was told the sled could have been used for decorating for Christmas.
The fancy metal work on the front end of the sled had stars and places to hold two candles.
“I think it was German made,” Austin said. “It probably sat by the Christmas tree and was used for decorating rather then actually being used to sled down a hill.”
Framed pictures that were brought in were not as valuable as one would have thought.
Kathy Specht, Coleridge, had a numbered print that had been done by Paul Krapf. The print, which featured two sheep on a mountain ledge, was matted and in an oak frame
“These kinds of prints aren’t as popular around here – at an auction it might only bring $50. If it was in a shop some where – it could be priced at $150,” estimator Kenneth Kube said. “A wildlife collector would like it – he would be willing to pay even more.”
Specht was told that it would have cost at least a $100 for the matt and the frame that the print was in when she came in possession of the item.
A picture titled “Morning Prayer” showed two young girls in prayer. The artist had done a wonderful job of showing a “peaceful” expression on each of the girl’s faces. The German word “Morgengebet” was printed on the matt.
Susan McQuay, Magnet, brought in a large painting titled “The Chess Game,” that was in a very fancy frame.
McQuay said she had paid $100 for the picture.
“There isn’t enough interest around here for a picture like this – but in the right area it could easily bring $200 to $300,” Kube said.
The estimator took a little more time to look at a smaller picture of horses and a man that looked like an English Lord.
“It has a glow or a shimmer to it,” Kube said. “It is interesting, but value wise it is not worth a whole lot.”
It is possible it was cut from a calendar and put in a frame according to Kube.
Two items at the Show had connections to the military.
A bugle that had an American emblem with an eagle had probably been used in the military.
The owner of a group of small books called “The Little Leather Library” was given a little history about the books she brought in.
“These were designed for troops in World War One – the little books would have been easy for the soldier to carry in his pocket,” Austin said.
Some of the books were titled “Speeches and Letters of George Washington,” “Salome” and “The Holy Grail.”
Thirty two of the books were estimated to be worth $6-$15 and the value for five of the little Red Books was put at $8 each.
An 1890 book of Lord Byron’s Poems with a leather embossed cover could be worth $50.
Several other books showed up at the Antique Auction.
The “Popular Amusements for In-doors and Out-of-doors” book showed a copyright date of 1902.
It was probably used years ago by country school teachers to find things for kids to do at recess according to one of the estimators.
The early day pictures included in the book could make it a little more valuable.
The Golden Book of Flowers showed a publishing date of 1943. The estimator could tell the children’s book had been rebound with a new cover at one time.