Value of an Antique Piercy's Patent Tortoise Shell Thimble

I have an 1800s gold and silver tortoise shell Piercy's Patent thimble. I was wanting to know about what the value of one was?
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November 20, 20190 found this helpful

This is from 1820 and looks a lot like yours although there are definite patterns. You might look harder online to see if you can locate an antique dealer for old thimbles and get a true value. You may even get an offer to buy; you never know. Ebay also sells one for around $50.00. Guess it depends on the seller. Tortoise items are expensive. Good luck!
www.christies.com/.../a-gold-and-tortoiseshell-piercys...

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November 20, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you

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November 20, 20191 found this helpful

This one sold at Christies www.christies.com/.../a-gold-and-tortoiseshell-piercys...

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November 21, 20190 found this helpful

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November 20, 20191 found this helpful

Neat item! Highly sought after in some circles.

The Christie auctions I see are well over 10 years old and the values are no longer accurate. The market for all collectible items has weakened significantly in the past few years. Without finding a current sold example of your exact item and your exact condition, it would be a disservice to you to guess on current value.

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Also not knowing your location will impact value also.

Because this item is mixed metals and has been considered highly collectible, I suggest you contact an antique dealer with an auction arm (real auction, not eBay) and have them assess yours for value based on condition and your location!

Please post back with an update! Thanks for sharing your cool item!

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November 21, 20190 found this helpful

Edit...MOST collectibles, not all...my bad. I don't know if you are familiar with the TV show Antiques Roadshow. They often air programs where they compare values from the early to mid 2000s to today and it is astounding how so many values have dropped.

There are a lot of theories on this, but to me it is simple supply and demand. With eBay and the internet the supply has opened to the world, while the demand has often dropped. This has forced prices down.

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Some values will eventually correct, but right now it is a buyers market for so many items...which is sad when are trying to sell something of value.

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November 21, 20191 found this helpful

Thak you

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November 21, 20190 found this helpful

It is sad to watch the value of such items keep decreasing when so many people purchased them thinking/believing they would only continue to increase and become a valuable item in their estates.
One of these sold at auction in 1996 for $3,127 and then another auction in 2002 one sold for $800 so according to how most collectables are going this item may not be valued at over $100 or maybe $200 and it may not sell very quickly. At least I would hope it may still be valued that high.

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You can get a free appraisal online that will give you a good idea as to the present value. The appraisals are usually for insurance purposes so you would have to deduct 40-50% of their figure to come up with a 'resale' value but you can also ask them for a resale value when posting your question.
You will need a couple of pictures as well your location but you already know it is from 1820 so that is a given.
You can send your question to more than one site.

www.whatsellsbest.com/.../collectibles.html

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November 21, 20191 found this helpful

This is a fantastic item and several years ago it sold for quite a bit of money. However, today this item has declined in value so much that they are harder to sell and if they do sell the price you recieve is so low.

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I would suggest that you find a vintage collectable dealer or even an auction house if you are interested in listing this for sale. I believe an auction house is your best best and you could actually earn a bit more money selling it through them.

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November 22, 20191 found this helpful

Thank u

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