How much are your collectables worth?
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.”