TREA­SURE CHEST

How much are your col­lecta­bles worth?

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I found what I be­lieve to be a pipe bowl reamer/cleaner with a carved ivory top. It be­longed to my late fa­ther-in-law who was a pipe smoker some 50 – 60 years ago. Can you give me an ap­prox­i­mate date and value and also whether it is in­deed ivory? Deb­bie Tar­rant

Ac­cord­ing to Jo-Marie Rabe of Piér Rabe An­tiques, “This ‘hedge­hog’ pipe cleaner does look like ivory, but it’s dif­fi­cult to tell with­out see­ing it. It has an in­ter­est­ing carv­ing and is of nice qual­ity. I called a few friends in the in­dus­try in search of a value, but I couldn’t find any­one who’d seen any­thing like it be­fore.

I’d guess its value to be be­tween R500 – R750, as that’s the price that I’d sell it for if I came across some­thing sim­i­lar.”

EX­PERT TIP “A GREAT DEAL OF PARA­PHER­NA­LIA WAS MADE TO SUP­PORT SMOK­ING HABITS, BUT TO­DAY THESE HAVE LIT­TLE IN­TER­EST FOR THE COL­LEC­TOR, EX­CEPT, IF LIKE THIS ONE, A PIECE WAS WELL CRAFTED,”

SAYS JO-MARIE RABE

Please can you tell me more about this blue and white vase and if it has any value? Yolanda du Plooy

Clyde Terry of Clyde on 4th says it is dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish its ori­gins with­out see­ing the mark­ings. “It’s def­i­nitely Ital­ian, made in the first half of the 1900s and would prob­a­bly re­tail for R1 200. Although blue and white isn’t usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with Ital­ian pot­tery, it was a pop­u­lar choice for tourists vis­it­ing the coun­try be­fore WWII.”

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