The Results Are In!

December 15, 2010

Ton and Allen have been overwhelmed by the large number of their fans submissions, so good on you Auction Hunters for bringing the guys so many top quality items which the guys wish they had found themselves!  In honor of the upcoming season finale of Auction Hunters airing next Tuesday, December 21 at 10:00PM/9:00c, we've chosen eight submissions and have listed Ton and Allen's appraisals for the items here.  If your submitted item wasn't selected, have no fear, with Auction Hunters renewed for a new 20 episode season in 2011 we'll be doing this a lot!

Mickey Mouse Ingersoll Watch Company

Submitted by: Jessica and Ben

Appraised by: Allen

Nice time piece you got there! The watchmaker, Ingersoll Watch Co. was saved by its contract with Disney in 1932 and produced this pocket watch in '33, originally selling for $2.50. Ingersoll was the Timex of their day, cranking out millions of their inexpensive watches. Sadly their watches were not built to last so most of the watches on the market today are damaged, usually because some kid over cranked the dial. If your watch is one of the typically broken examples I have seen out there, then sadly it is not worth much. If however, yours is one of the rare still functioning survivors, then well that makes Mickey easily worth $175 or $300, if its in the original box.

Smith & Wesson Tip-Up Revolver

Submitted by: Lorri 

Appraised by: Ton

This is a really great piece. It's called a tip-up because the barrel tip lifts up, not down, to be loaded. It's a Derringer style belly gun. The lack of the finger loop/free moving trigger mechanism made this much more affordable to the common man when it was sold. Without knowing the caliber, I can't give an accurate appraisal. What concerns me is that barrel/front of the gun has a different type of steel than the rest, suggesting that is was replaced and is not original. Also the engraving doesn't cover the whole thing, also leading me to think that part of it has been replaced. I would try to sell it for $900 in this condition, but if its all original it could be worth a considerable amount more, clocking in anywhere between $2100 to $2800.

Marilyn Monroe Life-Size Poster

Submitted by: Jackie and Ron 

Appraised by: Allen

Gentlemen, and this Auction Hunter, prefer blondes.  Marilyn Monroe is a cultural icon and there were hundreds of different posters of her produced over the last six decades and I for one have sold more than my share of Marilyn ephemera. That said, I have never sold this particular poster before and agree it is rarer than most. I like the unusual size of the poster and the custom frame adds value. The was young Marilyn, who probably posed for this in the late 40's to pay the rent, and wow what a great piece of history you have here. Your poster epitomizes the 1950's pinup, which is very desirable collectible niche these days. However, gentlemen also prefer posters in excellent condition. Yes, restorers could smooth out the imperfections but that costs money. If your poster was mint you could sell it for a fast $1500!  But in it's present condition with tape marks, creases and water stains I think you would have to price it at $250 and hope for the best.

Singer Sewing Machine

Submitted by: Lindy 

Appraised by: Allen

I have personally sold more sewing machines than any other type of antique. In the 1990s, I sold a very similar Memphis "Egyptian" style model 127 with it's original cabinet for a whopping $650! But those where the good old days for dealers; thanks to the housing boom everybody had room for a machine like yours and they were much easier to sell than they are today. I presently own two machines that I have re-purposed for end tables, but I digress. Millions were produced and these babies were designed to be repaired rather than tossed like today's machines. Even without seeing the exact serial number, thanks to the mechanics of your machine (like the spoked hand wheel), I can tell your machine was just made after the turn of the century. If it's not working, your antique Singer is only worth a small pittance for it's remaining parts, but if it is working, in such pristine condition thanks to the art deco decals, it's worth about $250 in today's market to a serious collector.

1946 Philadelphia Eagles Football with Signatures

Submitted by: Rodney 

Appraised by: Ton

The football itself does not look like it is from the 1940s. The laces back then were usually a darker brown, and the laces layout doesn't match. Without knowing the authenticity of the ball and of the signatures, it has very little value. If you spend a few hundred bucks to get it authenticated, and it turns out to be the real McCoy, then it could be worth up to a thousand dollars.

Underwood Portable Typewriter

Submitted by: John 

Appraised by: Allen

Some antique typewriters can be extremely valuable. A rare Shales typewriter from the 1890s recently went for $9000 at auction! Ernest Hemingway was one of Underwood's most famous owners. Underwood typewriters were produced in great quantities so many of these sturdy machines have survived to this day in good condition. Unfortunately, more supply generally means less demand for typewriters like yours. If your typewriter still types perfectly, the value will be higher. Thanks to expensive shipping costs, I have seen lesser Underwoods sell online for just $50, but judging from the pictures of your beautiful Mahogany grained finish, I would ask at least $150 for yours and it would be worth $200 if it had it's original carrying case.

WW2 Bolt Action Rifle

Submitted by: Kevin 

Appraised by: Ton

World War II .308 caliber guns like this typically sell for $150, but can go all they way up to a grand or two for the most rare. It looks like it is a definitely well taken care of firearm. It's really a cool gun, and if the gun does fire, it could easily grab $200.

Old Cast Iron Bell w/Yoke

Submitted By: Donna & Brian 

Appraised by: Allen

This great old bell has Ton and I drooling like Pavlov's dog.  Your husband has a wonderful eye so you many want to encourage him to try his hand at Auction Hunting! When I think Belknap, I think cast iron skillets, wood planes and knives but they also made terrific school bells like this good old number 2 you have here.  Smaller sizes were also used for dinner bells on farms across this great country. Here's a tip, don't ring it around Ton unless there is plenty of food on hand. Also don't let the 1840 date on that bell fool you, that's the date that Belknap Hardware and Manufacturing Company started manufacturing iron works on the banks of the Ohio River. I can date your bell closer to the turn of the century thanks to the mounting hardware and knowing a little bit of history about the company's product line. Naturally bells are much more valuable if they have no cracks and still ring. Given the weight, I would encourage you to sell the bell locally so you can avoid shipping this heavy monster. What I would ask for the old girl? Seven hundred smackeroos. Drooling yet?

For more hot items like these, tune into the season finale of Auction Hunters next Tuesday at 10:00PM/9:00c, only on Spike!

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