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Posted 3 years ago

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mediatechy
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Passed down to me from my Great Grandfather who I was told was an antique auctioneer in New York. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. mediatechy, 3 years ago
    Any help dating the period would be greatly appreciated. Always wondered and finally decided to try and find out. Still looking for the auction house my Great, Great, Grandfather worked for in New York which would maybe help.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Beautiful quality antique game table.

    The burl wood construction looks to be late 19th century, and I would think it was European in origin.

    Scott
  3. Esther110 Esther110, 3 years ago
    Things like this have convinced me to make a photo log with descriptions of my most important collections. Just because certain knowledge is second skin to us, doesn't mean our grandchildren will automatically know that the "funny doohickey grandma left us" is valuable, and not another crazy hoarded thingamadoodle... ;)
  4. mediatechy, 3 years ago
    Thank you Scott for the information. As I have lost my Father, I could not find out which auction house my Great Grandfather was affiliated with it, but I just asked my Mother who suddenly remembered the auction house was called Parke-Bernet in New York.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Good point Esther-- I always kid my wife that if I suddenly die she will probably give away all my "treasured antiques" for pennies on the dollar at a yard sale.

    Identifying valuables remains on my "to do" list!

    Until I get around to it, I have at least given her some names of reputable auction folks who will treat her right and get her top dollar for all of my clutter.

    Scott
  6. mediatechy, 3 years ago
    Esther110,
    I completely agree with you on the photo log for two reasons. One, I can remember years ago during a move, several items went to goodwill that I now believe were valuable, and two we just had a plumbing break a documenting items was necessary for insurance which sadly I had not done. Several precious pieces of art were ruined with no recovery.
  7. solver, 3 years ago
    mediatechy, Sotheby's purchased Parke Bernet in 1964. That is a fabulous game table.

    Just FYI, there's a good antique inventory software called Collectify that has a 30-day trial period. The major issue is there isn't a Windows 7 version and I don't think they have plans to update it, so that makes it useless for the future. The Website hasn't changed in a year so I don't think the software took off. Too bad, since it allows you to include numerous photos, scans of receipts, research, etc. in the database.

    I've tried some of the free ones and they don't have all of the fields needed for antiques and collectibles. I plan to try Art, Antiques Organizer Deluxe 3.7 by PrimaSoft since it looks promising. There is a 45-day free trial on cnet.
    http://download.cnet.com/Art-and-Antique-Organizer-Deluxe/3000-2130_4-10191139.html

  8. mediatechy, 3 years ago
    Scott,
    Thanks for the inventory suggestions. I will try out antique organizer. I did research Parke Bernet and trying to locate any details on the table as I am still trying to date the table and confirm it's period.
  9. Esther110 Esther110, 3 years ago
    I'm sure these collector and antique organizing programs are good, but I think I am going to stick to an Excel spreadsheet. I can add as many columns and pages as I need, for as much or as little info I find, and as many photos as I want.
    It's a program almost everybody knows how to use. And it's free!
    I'd rather spend the $75 on more collectables. lol

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