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iconnumber posted 08-08-2005 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was rather surprized to see a plain and late Brasher spoon sell on a popular online auction for the begining price of $1200.... I would have bet money that the auction would have ended without a single bid.

It amazes me that a wonderful spoon by Thomas Shields only receives a bid of under $200.

I understand there is a premium for makers who also minted coins or were involved with money and the mint.

Anyone else with insight


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iconnumber posted 08-09-2005 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted 08-09-2005 08:47 AM

Message In response to Freds Coin Silver Message. Perhaps the buyer collects only specific makers or spoon style or specific style of a specific silversmiths. Or maybe that person won a state lottery and just went hog-wild.

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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 04:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When it comes to auctions, nothing should surprise you, Fred - anything can happen. Especially in a live auction, which this one was, and it went unopposed to a floor bidder. The location of this particular auction should tell you how exclusive the attending clientele was - for some people price is no object. Two other Brasher spoons sold recently online, one for $720, and one for $212. Prices corresponded to the sizes of the spoons, and not necessarily to age or quality. Go figure.

As for the Shields spoon, there have been a number of these up recently, all tracable to a recent live auction in which there were several groups of Philadelphia spoons sold, including a number by the Richardsons, some of which have also appeared.

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iconnumber posted 08-10-2005 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This puts a whole new light on the three Brasher teaspoons I own..... I have little market sense and so I will keep them in my collection. I find it facinating to watch the prices go up and down. Thanks for the input.


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