Friday, April 24, 2015

4/24/15 Report - $5 Million Item Found In Attic. Glass Items Found On Atocha. Valuable Old Books.

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Faberge Hardstone Figure
Sold For Over $5 Million.

This Faberge hardstone figure was found in the attic of a house by an executor of an estate.  The figure sold for over $5 million at auction.  The pre sale auction estimate was $500,000 to $800,000

Nice find.

Here is the link for the article.

Kovels Komments says, When going through the items in an old house, be sure to shake every book, look for hidden drawers in desks and blanket chests, and check hems of drapes, pillows and the backs of pictures hanging on the walls.

I've been in the unfortunate position of being an executor to an estate.  Also check pockets before getting rid of old clothes.

I also love old books and have spent a lot of time in thrift stores looking at old books.  It is not uncommon to find interesting items hidden in old books.  

I once published a list of the top 20 most valuable modern collectible books and offered the list in an article I wrote for a treasure magazine.  I received tons of requests for that list.

I've found a lot of things tucked between the pages of old books, including money.  

Old and vintage pictures are now very popular and are sold on sites like eBay and Etsy.  It is not unusual to find a neat old picture tucked between the pages of a book. 

Also check to see if the book is signed by the author or some famous person.  Sometimes a book will have been owned by a famous person before it was sold off. 

I once found a book written by Hoagie Carmichael Jr. that contained his signature and his personal calling card.


Have you found any of these?

Lead Bottle Stoppers Found on Atocha.
Source: site linked below.
To the left are lead bottle stoppers that were found on the Atocha.  Some were found with glass from the bottle remaining on them.

Here is a very good and thorough report on glass from the Atocha.  It covers all kinds of glass found.  It is an older report, originally printed in 1990, but very good.

Glass from Nuestra SeƱora de Atocha By Corey Malcom Reprinted from: Astrolabe: Journal of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Volume 6, No.1 - Fall, 1990

Here is the link.  Enjoy!

Most glass would be eye-balled, however some is found still attached to metal objects such as stoppers or frames.

Maybe you've found one of those lead stoppers and didn't know what it was.  That is a good thing about reading things like this.  It will help you identify various objects.

Nice photos and sketches of glass items and pieces to look at in that article.


The Sedwick TREASURE, WORLD & U.S. COIN AUCTION # 17 will go live on the internet at 10:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 and end on the 30th.  Just a few days left to bid.


I hope you'll send your suggestions about proper beach detecting etiquette.  Also send your "bad" experiences with other detectorists.


Today (Friday) on the Treasure Coast we'll have some north winds later in the day and a two to three foot surf.  The low tides won't be as low as they have been recently.

There is one nice bump in the surf prediction listed for next week.  We'll see.

Happy hunting,