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Vintage United Air Lines Hawaii Menehune Promotional Display Advertising Figure

Submitted by Mike on July 31, 2016
Sale Price
$317.00

My client was a travel agent years ago and saved this promotional piece. Although somewhat obscure, we found a comp that showed it had some value right away. It took several attempts to find a buyer but in the end we got a fair price for it - and it's on it's way to Japan - they love the obscure I hear :)

Union Civil War Battle Flag Collection 61st Pennsylvania Volunteers

Submitted by Mike on July 31, 2016
Sale Price
$862.00

I love seeing historical pieces sell for solid prices. This was a post Civil War period piece assembled by the last surviving commander Col. Robert Orr to honor the veterans of the conflict. I couldn't find a single comp on the value but I had a gut feeling and knew the eBay market would carry it to a fair price.

2 Antique 1853 Coin Silver Trophy American Institute Agriculture Fair NY

Submitted by Mike on June 4, 2016
Sale Price
$500.00

I'm repeating myself, but I get very excited when I find pieces with engraved provenance from 150 years ago! When auctioning certain types of uncommon items like these on eBay, we passively put pressure on the early viewers to 'buy it now' at a price that's a bit higher than what the item might actually be worth and in this case, it worked. Some collectors despise waiting a week and taking their chances in a bidding war and will pay a premium to close the deal.

Antique Firemans Ceremonial Captains Megaphone Engraved 1857 Amesbury MA

Submitted by Mike on June 4, 2016
Sale Price
$578.00

There is no greater provenance than an item that has an engraving from 150 years ago or more. Personally I feel that pieces like this belong in a museum and I'm hoping that this will eventually find it's way back to it's home town. Occasionally I will take the time to reach out to people and organizations that might particularly appreciate a given item but it requires a tactful presentation when my ultimate goal is to sell them something.