PEZ Dispensers at Estate Sales?

I have to admit that even though they’ve been around for decades, I had no idea the potential value of these funny little candy dispensers. Vintage and rare PEZ dispensers routinely sell for hundreds of dollars, and believe it or not the rarest dispensers have sold for thousands. Although you might not see many of them at estate sales, keep your eye out for the occasional collector.

 

What is a PEZ Dispenser?


Most people are familiar with PEZ candy and the fun dispensers they come in. The original dispensers made in the 40s and 50s were designed to look like a lighter and held mints which were promoted to help stop smoking. In the mid-50s PEZ began marketing the sweeter candy to children and featuring the character heads we are more familiar with, as well as other unique shapes such as a laser gun.

What is a Vintage PEZ Dispenser Worth?


Vintage dispensers (especially if they’re in original packaging) often sell in the $100-$200 range on eBay, and some rare dispensers have sold for up to $500. The PEZ company website has a photographic history of their dispensers, so you may want to make yourself familiar with the vintage designs that may fetch a higher price from collectors. Go to their Collector’s Corner and click on Dispenser Archive by Year.

Rare PEZ Dispensers


Dispensers are considered “rare” usually because a very small number of them were produced, or tghey were made for a particular event. According to this eBay article, some of the rarest dispensers include the Mickey Mouse Softhead, the 1982 World’s Fair, and the Political Donkey and Elephant, and they can sell for thousands of dollars. Recently a rare green-eyed cow sold on eBay for $950.

Finding Vintage PEZ Dispensers


Where are you likely to find PEZ dispensers if they are part of your upcoming estate sale? Just about anywhere! But particularly look in boxes, bags, or groups of toys, especially smaller plastic toys. Check household storage areas such as attics and basements among items that have been “packed away.” But, don’t overlook unusual places such as bureau drawers and the kitchen “junk drawer.”

Watch especially for dispensers still in their original packaging. You can search on eBay for the type of dispenser and look for recent sales in your area to determine its value.


Have you come across any rare or unusual PEZ dispensers? Share your success stories!

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  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

 

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Vintage Halloween Collectibles

Vintage Papier Mache Halloween Decorations


What do you think these types of papier mache jack-o’-lanterns are worth? If they’re vintage – made before the 1960s – and in good condition, they can go for $60 - $100 each. A jack-o’-lantern with a face on two sides can sell for as much as $200. Many papier mache and one-time-use items that have survived in good condition can be valuable.

Even though the holiday season is behind us, you may come across unique or older-looking Halloween decorations in one of your estate sales. Be sure to take a close look at those items and do your research. That inexpensive-looking pumpkin, skeleton, witch, or black cat could be worth quite a bit more than you think.

 

Black Cat Decorations Are Sought-After


Black cats have long been one of the more popular Halloween designs. This vintage tambourine can start at $80, and highly collectible black cat designs can go for as high as $300. Also, watch for black cat Halloween designs in ceramics, candles, papier mache, and candy carriers.

Vintage German Diecut Decorations


Keep an eye out for diecut Halloween decorations. Vintage items made in the early 1900s in Germany can be very detailed and often sell in the $100 - $200 range, depending on condition. You can see examples here. Even items made later in the U.S. can be collectible.

Watch Out for Fakes and Reproductions


Since a lot of vintage Halloween decorations were simply made, there are plenty of reproductions and fakes on the market. Keep in mind that earlier decorations were made to be scarier than most of today’s decorations, so an item with a cute (or franchised) character probably is not vintage. Also, look for signs of age such as dull paint or finish, chips, crackling, or cracks. The RealOrRepro website has an excellent article about papier mache Halloween reproductions and includes photos of vintage designs.


Remember, just because it looks “cheap” doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. Even aged, worn, or slightly damaged vintage Halloween decorations can be worth more than you’d think.

  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

 

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Hidden Treasures / Tin Toys

It’s not unusual to come across old toys at your estate sale. You may be tempted to dismiss them and put them on your “toys and misc. stuff” table. But it may be worth your while to do a little research first.

 

Tin Windup Toys


Antique and vintage tin windup toys are very collectible, and have statistically increased in value by about 15% per year. In some cases they can be surprisingly valuable, such as the vintage 1930’s toy that recently sold on eBay for over $6,000.  More typical is this windup roller coaster, manufactured in the 1930’s in the U.S. by the J. Chien Toy Company. Its current value ranges from $75 to $100 depending on condition.

 

A Little Bit of History


So, how do you identify a vintage or antique tin toy? Here’s a little bit of background information that should help. First, the terms “vintage” and “antique” generally refer to a toy made before 1965. Tin toys were being produced as early as the mid-1800s in many countries, including Germany, England, France and Japan. By the 1950s Louis Marx and Company in the U.S. was the largest toy manufacturer in the world.

Then in the 1960s the U.S. began regulations to reduce the dangers of materials used in making toys, including the tin and paints being used. Plastics then became the material of choice in toy manufacturing, because they are easy to use, make a soft durable toy, and cost less than other materials.

 

What is Collectible?


 

Japanese toys made in the 1950s and 1960s are some of the most collectible tin toys today. Space and science themes, such as spaceships and robots, tend to have the highest resale market values, though of course values depend heavily on condition. Toys that have no broken or missing parts, that have their original paperwork and packaging, and are in good condition are the most valuable.

Is it Vintage or a Reproduction?


There are plenty of vintage toy reproductions toys on the market, and keep in mind that just because your grandmother owned it doesn’t mean it’s an antique. Look carefully at the toy for clues to its age. If it’s pristine and has vibrant colors that look new, it’s probably a reproduction. Also look at the screws used to assemble the toy; if they are Phillips-head screws then it’s a reproduction. Look for maker’s marks or any indication of where it was made.

Next, take a picture of the toy and download it to Google Images to find other similar toys; this can give you a clue of its maker and when it may have been produced. Once you’ve identified the toy and its age and origin, you can research its resale value.

 

What's it Worth?


Now that you’ve identified your toy, go to online auction and resale sites to determine a reasonable value. Remember, you’re looking for sale prices, not asking prices, so look for information on recent sales in your area. Keep in mind that “condition is everything” when you’re setting your asking price. If you have a more valuable vintage or antique toy, either set a minimum price for your sale, or look online for collectors who might make a better offer.

 


Be sure you know what you’ve got by doing your research, before you price that item. Stay tuned to Tales From the Sales for more insightful and valuable articles.

  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

 

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Average Income Estate Liquidator Business

The estate sale business is booming. This business is truly recession-proof as executors look for help in selling personal property left in an estate, as well as baby boomers who are downsizing and selling many of their belongings. In fact, baby boomers are a large part of an estate sale liquidator’s business.

Recently I read on Indeed.com that the average income for an estate sale liquidator is $66,000.

Although I’m not sure how accurate that statement is, I do know that if the estate sale agent is trained, educated and committed to hard work, they should easily exceed that $66,000 average.

Consider this: The average estate sale company charges anywhere from 25% to 40% of the total proceeds, with 30% being the norm. If the company conducts a sale with end-of-sale proceeds equaling $8,000 and they charged 30%, the estate sale company has earned $2,400 for that sale!! Of course, there are labor charges for helpers, and other expenses. But I can assure you the other expenses we pay are very low compared to other occupations.

So, let’s say the company only cleared $2,000 and they conducted 3 sales that month. Take $6,000 x 11 months you do come up with $66,000. Some sale proceeds are much higher than $8,000, and some are lower. I would say $66,000 or higher is a very nice income and you can be your own boss!

But, let me caution you that conducting a sale for someone else is a large responsibility. You are not only pricing and selling items, but you will be held responsible for every aspect of the sale. It takes ongoing education and training to maintain a successful estate sale company.

 

Does Your Insurance Cover That?

It pays to read your policy. You should have General Liability Insurance to cover injury, damage or theft during your estate sales, but do you know exactly what is covered? An incident at one of our sales lead me to take a closer look at our policy, and revealed some interesting details.

 

Guidelines for a “Partial” Sale


We were contracted to perform an estate sale for an elderly couple moving to assisted living. They were selling most, but not all, of their belongings, and they were still living in the house. Some companies don’t accept sales under these circumstances, but we do. And we have very specific rules that we clearly communicate to the client, both in our conversations and in our contract.

  1. Any items that are not to be sold must be either secured by the client, or removed from the home prior to the start of the sale.
  2. All jewelry and other valuables must be removed from the home.
  3. We are not responsible for any items left in the home that are not part of the sale.

 

An Unfortunate Occurrence


The husband showed early signs of dementia, which was confirmed by the wife. Apparently he didn’t remember our instructions about securing valuables and jewelry. He removed two rings from his fingers and left them on the bedroom dresser before the sale. Despite having workers throughout the house who are trained to watch for theft, within ten minutes of opening the sale both rings had been stolen. It only takes a moment to slip something like a ring into a pocket, and it’s gone. Naturally, both the husband and wife were distraught, and asked us to check if our insurance would cover the loss.

 

Check with Your Agent


  1. I’m familiar with our policy and was sure the theft (also called a “mysterious disappearance”) would not be covered. But when I called our insurance carrier and talked to them, I was surprised to learn a few things about our policy.
  2. If the rings had been included as part of the sale and were stolen, they probably would have been covered by our policy.
  3. If the home had been broken into and the rings (or other items included in the sale) were stolen, they would have been covered as long as there was evidence of the theft (broken door, window, etc.).
  4. If we broke or damaged an item in the home, it would have been covered by our policy.

 

A Thorough Inventory


Our insurance representative emphasized the importance of having a complete inventory of all items contracted to be sold, including photos and descriptions. You’ll have photos of larger items you use to advertise your sale, but do you have photos and descriptions of smaller, valuable items such as jewelry, coins, sterling, gold, and art? You should include photos as part of your inventory (attached to your contract), along with copies of any appraisals. This is particularly important in the case of vacant homes, since the chance of an overnight break-in is higher.

 

Check Your Policy and Contract


Even if you’re sure you know what your policy covers and what is in your standard contract, it’s always a good idea to review both from time to time. Have specific language in your contract stating that non-sale items must be removed or secured by the client, and that you are not responsible for any non-sale items left in the house. You may also want to point out to your client that a theft of this nature may not be covered by their homeowner’s policy.

  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

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What Do You Know About Chinese Figurines?

Chinese porcelain figurines have been popular in the U.S. for decades, and are often found in estate sales. Finding a genuine antique is rare. There are many reproductions on the market, as well as fakes. Even if a piece has identifying marks, they are often forged. Here are some things to look for when evaluating a piece.

Markings


Generally identifying marks can be found on the bottom of a figurine. The McKinley Tariff Act requires all imports to the U.S. after 1919 be marked with the country of origin in this way: “Made in __________”. So, you can get an idea of whether a piece is antique by the way it is labeled.

  • “China” generally indicates a piece was made between 1890 and the 1920s.
  • “Made in China” indicates a piece was made after 1919, and therefore is not considered an antique (over 100 years old).
  • Antique pieces may display an imperial reign mark, which you should research on Gotheberg.com.
  • A red wax seal (called a jianding) is an export approval mark used after 1949. The jianding does not indicate the age of the piece, but only that it has been approved for export.

Legalities of Selling and Exporting Antiques


There are two primary laws governing the sale and export of antiques from China.

  • Any item produced prior to 1949 is considered a cultural relic, and cannot be taken out of the country without a jianding or official receipt.
  • No item produced prior to 1795 may be purchased from a government antique shop.

Currently the Cultural Relics Bureau oversees the exportation of antiques from China. By law, an item with the jianding could have been produced from 1795 through the present. However, generally no antiques (older than 100 years) will receive the jianding. It is more typically seen on items produced between the 1920s and 1950s when antique-looking reproductions using traditional techniques were heavily produced.

Signs of Age


How do you know if you may have an antique piece? Signs of age in porcelain include:

  • Crackles
  • Indentions or raised spots
  • Rust Spots
  • Scratches
  • Staples or staple holes (indications of repair)

If you think you may have a valuable or antique piece, recommend to your Client that they have it apprised by an expert, for both resale and insurance value, and get written authentication of its probable age.

Quick Tips to Take with You


Quick Tips to Take With You

What you need to remember about antique Chinese figurines:

  • Signs of age: crackles, indentions or raised spots, rust spots, scratches, staples or staple holes.
  • “China”: 1890-1920s
  • “Made in China”: after 1919
  • Jianding (red wax seal): generally 1920s-1950s
  • Excellent resource: Gotheborg.com

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  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

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How I Sold an Amusement Park Carousel Horse / Wish I Had More!

We conduct a lot of sales in historic cities around Atlanta. When I walked into this home in historic Roswell, I was in for a surprise.

A Horse of a Different Color


Yes! Right there in the living room were two beautiful carousel horses! You know, the beautifully painted galloping horses you see on amusement park carousels. Like the ones you used to love riding as a kid.

But these weren’t just your run-of-the-mill amusement park horses. These were typical of the mounts made in the 1930s and 1940s by a famous manufacturer of that time.

A sign posted on each one stated they were purchased from a major auction house in Atlanta, and that they were made by famous carousel manufacturer Allan Herschell.

Because of the rare and unique nature of these horses, I called on an expert. I sent pictures to a national dealer of carousel horses and asked for his opinion. He confirmed the maker was Allan Herschell. So, I got to work on my research.

Allan Herschell Carousel Horses


The Allan Herschell Company was established in 1915 in North Tonawanda, New York by Allan Herschell. They manufactured handmade carousels and a variety of other portable carnival rides. Before being bought by another company in 1970, Herschell produced over 3,000 hand-carved wooden carousels, more than any other manufacturer. Over seventy of these unique antique carousels survive today in the U.S. and Canada.

The Allen Herschell Company also developed and manufactured specialized portable “kiddie” rides for small children, and adult thrill rides. You might be familiar with some of these adult rides, such as Twister, the Hurricane, and the Sky Wheel, from carnivals and fairs.

The company moved to Buffalo, New York in the 1950s, and the original factory in North Tonawanda is now the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.

Did You Know...?


According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, here’s the origin of the word “carousel” (also spelled carrousel):

“French carrousel, from Italian carosello tourney in which the contestants threw balls of clay at each other, probably from Italian dialect (Neapolitan) carusello ball of clay, from caruso shorn head, boy”

The main definitions of carousel are:

“a: a tournament in which troops of horsemen execute various evolutions

b: a riding exhibition performed to music in dancelike patterns by a group on horseback”

Who Would buy an Amusement Park Carousel Horse?


Although the Allan Herschell Company was famous for the hand-carved horses it produced, it also produced molded horses, which is what our were. Regardless, I was surprised to find a market for them. After all, who would want to buy them? And what would they do with them?

I had a lot of inquiries, and placed the asking price at $1,200 based on my research. We eventually sold both horses, for $850 and $900 respectively. Because there was no provenance, I included our standard Authenticity Discloser Statement in the transaction.

But, who bought them? One buyer purchased a horse for his granddaughter. The other bought one to resell at an upcoming auction.

Warning: Without Authentication, Don't Say It's...Anything!


Even though the client stated that they were Allan Herschell carousel horses, and a national dealer verbally verified that, we had no written authentication and no provenance. What does that mean? That means we were careful not represent them as “Herschell carousel horses,” and we had the buyers sign an Authenticity Disclosure.

What is an Authenticity Disclosure, and why is it important? It’s a form that the buyer signs, acknowledging that the agent has not made any representation about the maker or authenticity of the item being purchase. And it’s important because it protects both the estate sale agent and the client from liability in case someone comes back and says, “They told me it was an antique Egyptian mummified horse buried with King Tut, but it’s not!”


Lesson Learned: Never underestimate what will sell at an estate liquidation sale! Do you have an unusual item you need help selling? Let me know. Perhaps I can help you find just the right buyer for your unique treasure.

What interesting amusement park relics have you come across? Share your success stories!

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  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

 

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How to Sell a Cannon in Two Days!

Marrietta, Georgia is a great city, with charming shops, wonderful historic homes, and significant Civil War sites. It’s located about twenty minutes north of Atlanta, and we recently held an estate sale there.

A Cannon in the Front Yard? Yes!


I must admit I didn’t pay much attention to the little cannon sitting in the front yard when I first visited this home. If you’re wondering who would have a real, functional cannon in their front yard, well…this client did!

When I went back to photograph items of interest to include in marketing the sale, I took a closer look. Stamped on the base was “C C Galbraith & Son Inc., New York, U.S.A.” So, I got to work researching this unique item.

What is a Life-Saving Cannon?


It turns out this is what was known as a “life-saving” or “line-throwing” cannon. It didn’t shoot artillery as most cannons do. It shot a rope line from a rescue ship to a damaged ship during rescue operations.

Also known as a “Lyle gun,” this type of cannon was developed beginning in the late nineteenth century, and they were produced by several manufacturers until 1952. By that time better line-throwing devices had been developed to replace the Lyle gun.

After the Titanic tragedy, public attention turned to safety at sea. The C C Galbraith company began manufacturing these cannons in 1919, and produced about 1,400 of them. This particular model was produced beginning in 1940, and over half of their cannons were produced after that time.

How do You Price Cannon?


One key to a successful estate sale, and a liquidation business, is correct pricing. One of the things I’m known for is my research and attention to detail.

I was excited to see one of these cannons listed on the Christie’s auction site, because it looked just like our cannon. Except ours didn’t have “U.S.N.” stamped on it, so ours was not a military cannon.

Was our cannon authentic, or a reproduction? It’s hard to say because there was no provenance. Regardless, we were able to get a good price for it.

Sold! In Only Two Days!


How did we sell a cannon in just two days? In Internet advertising, keywords are key! I used “cannon” in the title of our online ad describing the upcoming sale, and calls came in from everywhere. It ultimately went to an Atlanta dealer for $1,200.


The lesson of the day was, "Don't ever hesitate to take a closer look, and do your research!"

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  • Donna

Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

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Tractors to Fine Furniture / We’ve Sold Them All!

We recently held an estate sale in Alpharetta, which is another affluent suburb of Atlanta. It was a beautiful ranch-style home on twenty acres of land. As you can imagine, a property that large with a lawn needs a tractor or riding mower.

Not So Unusual…a Tractor at an Estate Sale


The sale included all of the types of items you would normally expect at an estate sale, such as household items, furniture, etc. It also included what in our region of the country we call a tractor, but in other areas of the country is called a riding mower. There’s nothing unusual about that. We’ve sold both vintage and newer tractors before.

Not Your Everyday Tractor


After doing some research, I was surprised at the value of this particular tractor. This front mower was built by Kubota Tractor Corporation, which makes a wide variety of tractors for all types of uses. Not just mowers, but also more typical tractors, construction equipment, and agricultural equipment.

A Little Bit About Kubota Corporation


The Kubota Corporation is based in Osaka, Japan, and was established in 1890. It began exporting compact tractors to the U.S. in 1969, formed the Kubota Tractor Corporation in Torrance, CA in 1972, and opened its Gainesville, Georgia manufacturing facility in 1988.

So, What’s it Worth?


It took a little bit of research to determine the value of this particular model. A quick search on Craigslist and eBay will show listings of all kinds of tractors for a wide range of prices. But you rarely see a similar tractor selling for more than $1,500 to $2,000.

Sold!


We decided to list this mower for sale on the internet because it is clearly a higher-priced item, in addition to offering it through the estate sale. We had lot of calls from people interested in buying it, and were finally able to sell it for $5,000!


That’s what I love about the estate sale business! One week I’m selling a rare sixteenth-century oil painting and a two-carat diamond, and the next week I’m selling a tractor… Or a cannon? Yes! A cannon!

Next up: Stay tuned to Tales From the Sales to hear about how we sold a cannon in just two days!

  • Donna

 Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

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Gold Teeth to Tractors / Never a Dull Moment!

Do you know what I love about this business? My team and I handle estate sales every weekend throughout the Metro Atlanta area, and every sale is a unique experience. Even after years in the business and hundreds of successful estate sales, I still come across items that surprise me.



Everything Must Go!

Last weekend we were in West Marietta, an affluent suburb of Atlanta. We’re often asked to hold sales where only some items are to be sold, but this was a true estate sale. We were selling everything, the entire contents of a 2,500 square foot home.

We sold a lot of stuff, from furniture and appliances to everyday household items, and both gold and costume jewelry. Mixed in with all of the gold jewelry was something I’d never come across before. A gold tooth!



Gold is Good for Estate Sales

Every estate sale has gold buyers looking for scrap gold, and there’s a whole procedure for evaluating and pricing gold for scrap versus selling gold jewelry intact. But a gold tooth? I assumed it would be a good item to price as scrap gold, and asked the estate’s executor if he knew anything about it.

It turned out the executor (son of the deceased couple) was a dentist, and he was able to identify the tooth as…not really gold. He told us that dental students practice making gold teeth using a material that is not gold, but looks and forms like real gold. It’s realistic enough, it could easily be mistaken for real gold.



Is That Gold Tooth Really Gold?

Our client attended dental school from 1976 to 1980, and here’s what he told us about dental gold and other dental materials. During the time he was in dental school, the price of gold nearly doubled, and during the late 1970s many dentists started using 12 carat gold. Many still do, because it’s cheaper than the 16-20 carat gold that used to be used.

But there is also a yellow gold substitute called IMI gold that is used by dental students to practice with. Although it appears very similar to real gold, it’s non-precious. Our client was able to identify the “gold” tooth as IMI gold, because he was the one who made it while he was in dental school.

Watch out! Some less scrupulous dentists use IMI gold on patients to cut costs!



How Much Gold is in That Gold?

According to our client, most dental gold is 16-20 carats, but gold teeth you find with gold only on one side in a half-moon shape is usually 24 carats. Some dental gold is only 12 carats. You should use a gold testing kit to determine how pure your gold sample is.

But, what about tooth-colored crowns? Well, take a close look at them, because they may be more valuable than you think. Many have a metal-colored underside, and about twenty-five percent of them are gold, platinum, or palladium alloys, which are valuable. It’s difficult to tell precious metals from non-precious metals, so be sure to get an expert to assess your item.



Lesson Learned

The lesson here is to look closely at any dental scrap you may come across. Don’t overvalue or undervalue an item by guessing – have an expert take a look at it.

Next up: Tractors! Stay tuned to Tales From the Sales to hear about our recent sale in Alpharetta!

  • Donna

 Donna Davis has over twenty years of experience in the antiques and estate sale business, and conducts sales every weekend in the Greater Atlanta Area. She is also the Founder and Director of the National Association of Estate Liquidators, and Lead Instructor of NAOEL’s online school. You can contact Donna by email at donna@naoel.com or by phone at 800-521-8820.

 

Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_teeth