Ton and Allen Deliver the Results!

February 10, 2011

Ton and Allen are currently on the road gearing up for a brand new season of Auction Hunters, but that didn't stop them from listening to their fans and breaking out new appraisals for items that you submitted. In honor of the upcoming Auction Hunters - Behind the Hunt special airing this Monday, February 14 at 10:00PM/9:00c, we've chosen 10 submissions and had Ton and Allen's appraise them. If your submitted item wasn't selected, have no fear, with 20 new episodes of Auction Hunters rolling out in 2011 we're going to keep this party train going.

American Independence Coin

Submitted by: Rena B.

Appraised by: Ton

This is actually a medal commemorating the construction of the statue of liberty. And that guy on the front is Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who designed our nation’s symbol of freedom. Though this piece may have historical value, there is no way of knowing how many of these medals were actually made at the time. If this medal is authentic and made of real silver, you could be looking at $100 or so. Some nice pocket change or you could hold on to it. It’s a really cool piece of American history that will fit right in the palm of your hand.


1951 Admiral TV/Radio/Phonograph Console

Submitted by: Donna and Brian N.

Appraised by: Allen

You would be 100% accurate, my fellow auction hunters! This is a 1951 Admiral TV/Radio/Phonograph combination. This 3-in-1 was quite a sensation back in the day. With a 16” TV screen, it had the clearest picture at the time, a super-powered Dynamagic radio with directional Roto-Scope antenna and a triple-play automatic phonograph that played all record sizes. Back in the day, it retailed at $379.95, which would equal $3,500 today. The wood cabinets of those days suggest that these entertainment centers were not only built to last, but should also be regarded as fine furniture.

It is likely that the TV picture tube is shot, but who wants to watch black and white TV anyway? The value is actually in the record player and fine condition of the mahogony wood cabinet. Toss some Bee’s Wax on the cabinet to spruce it up, then wire a replacement cord, and if that puppy spins, you should be able to turn this relic for $200 to a studio buyer, hipster or retro junkie like myself.



Submitted by: Adam B.

Appraised by: Ton

I believe that this is a German Army “Heer Dagger.”  But without a clearer picture I cannot tell you exactly what manufacturer made it, but it’s still a cool piece. It’s from WWII, probably pre-1940s. It still has its strap and suspension rings, which helps its value. It’s definitely not in mint condition though. The celluloid handle looks to be in great shape and has retained its color, but the rest of the sword looks very worn and eroded. You could probably get around $300 for it if you found the right buyer. If it was in better condition, I’ve seen these go for upwards of $500. 


Western Clock MFG CO

Submitted by: Ryan C.

Appraised by: Allen

It’s great to see this gorgeous clock in working condition because it’s over 120 years old! I love the rococo style iron and brass clocks from yesteryear. This decadent design and excellent condition suggests to me that it rested for decades on a mantle in the parlor or “Sunday room” just waiting to be wound.  A word of caution to fellow hunters: do not over wind antique clocks because the springs have lost their tensile strength and just don’t bounce back like they used to. 

The manufacturer, who is still making clocks today under the name Westclox, briefly went by the handle “The Western Clock Manufacturing Company” from 1888 to around 1912. The Western Clock Manufacturing Company is mostly known for their “Big Ben” alarm clock, which was a simple, round alarm clock with two skinny legs that emerged in 1909. Prior to the “Big Ben,” the company found success selling brass and bronze mantle clocks, including this gem that you’ve submitted. This particular clock was manufactured in the 1890’s. Since your clock is in working order and in such pristine condition I would ask $350 in my online store or $275 at a swap meet.

104 Year Old Guinness Bottle

Submitted by: Imperirial363

Appraised by: Ton

Guinness was the king at making promotional items for their time period. There are a bunch of collectibles out there, including bottle openers, trays, magnets, mechanized trinkets, etc. There are also a lot of collectors out there as well, but it’s a niche market, to be honest with you. An unopened bottle with labels in mint condition like the one you have, which is over 100 years old, is a really great piece. Antique beer bottles are usually opened, but being sealed definitely adds to its value. It’s hard to judge the exact age of the bottle with the pictures provided, but I would guess it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $100.

Old Picture Viewer

Submitted by: Bruce T.

Appraised by: Allen

This old picture viewer is actually an antique stereoscope from the late 1880s! Likely made by the Keystone Company. Keystone was the world's largest stereographic company at the turn of the century. Can you imagine a little gadget that actually allows you to experience the 3D effect in the beginning of the 20th century? Suck on that, James Cameron! Now, let’s get down to business. It’s hard to tell what the actual condition of your stereoscope is in, but as always, the better the condition the higher the value. If the stereoscope is in fair shape then you’re looking at about 90 smackeroons. 

However, I spied something even more interesting hiding at the back of Grandpa’s table . . . the yellow butter dish is actually MORE valuable than the stereoscope! It is a rare handle-less art deco dish that was created by Homer Laughlin for their “Fiesta” line in 30’s and would easily fetch $150 in any antique store!


1963 Colt .44 Navy Pistol

Submitted by: Raymond V.

Appraised by: Ton

Very cool piece you have there, it’s a very iconic gun. More than 200,000 were manufactured from 1860 through 1873. Colt's biggest customer was the U.S. Government with over 127,000 units being purchased and issued. Those are huge numbers, but obviously the more there are, the less it’s worth. There is still some value in this gun, but this piece has definitely seen its fair share of use and is not in pristine condition. If it does work though, you could potentially fetch a grand to $1200 for this gun. The custom antique engraving does add some character and makes this a nice piece of history.


Fonzie Shirt

Submitted by: Troy

Appraised by: Allen  

“Aaaaaay” Like Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli himself this shirt is COOL! First it’s a great piece of TV memorabilia because 'The Fonz' is an American icon and quite obviously one of my own personal boyhood mentors. The show Henry Winkler starred in was Happy Days and it lasted from 1974 to 1984! Now for the really freaky part, I actually had a plain white hand me down T-shirt with this very image on it when I was a wee lad! Still yours is even better because it looks to be in mint condition, is a popular size and hey, nothing says the 70s more than a red roper T-shirt with a pic of Fonzie on it. You could certainly pull a fast $30 bucks for it at an online auction site but if that doesn’t pan out, I’d happily cough up a cool 50 bucks to own this terrific T!


Chess Set

Submitted by: Mike R.

Appraised by: Allen

Chess has its own realm in the universe of collectors. Buyers across the world are looking for intact and unique sets to add to their collections. It looks like you might have a set from the 19th century when Chinese and even Indian style pieces were all the rage. When it comes to material, ivory is the most sought after. 

Let’s not forget that you found this great game at the Mae West estate sale. If you can document your purchase it would bump up the value considerably so hopefully you’ve saved your documentation and can get it authenticated! It looks like it’s in great condition, which always adds value. If you have the proof to show that this once belonged to Mae West then this set of ivory could rake in some serious cash. Minimum value is $650 and if you can prove your claim then you will more than double your price!


1981 Ovation Solid Body 12-String Electric Guitar

Submitted by: Randy M.

Appraised by: Ton

Instruments aren’t really my specialty, but lucky for you, I have a good friend that owns a rare guitar shop. I showed him a picture of your guitar and he explained to me that the Ovation brand just isn’t a hot commodity. So even though the guitar is a limited run, it’s just not worth that much. While this guitar is very rare, unfortunately, you’re only looking at about $1,200 tops.

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