by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod
$2,337 (38 bids, 13 bidders): Silver Figural Miniature Harp Mechanical Propelling Pencil and Seal.
The pencil has a ring slider that extends the nozzle, and it is fully working so the lead propels when the nozzle is turned. The harp is engraved on the frame on both sides and has an English Victorian registration date lozenge that dates it to 6th October 1846. It has a purple amethyst seal matrix inset into the top, and it has a suspension ring for hanging to a chain. It is in absolute excellent condition with no damage to it anywhere; it slides out smoothly and works perfectly, propelling lead when the nozzle is turned. It measures 2 inches tall.
(Photo: eBay seller flikmywick)
$1,344 (12 bids, 6 bidders): Rare Original Dr. Pepper Thermometer 1938 Brick & Green with Bottle.
We are pleased to offer this authentic, original vintage or antique advertising Dr. Pepper thermometer sign with working glass thermometer. This is the first time that it has ever been offered on-line. Let me say first-this is 100% original and not a reproduction! This piece just has a lot going for it. We have never seen this particular thermometer offered for sale. This is a tough one to find. This is some of Dr. Pepper’s early advertising and really early for a thermometer at 1938. It is marked and dated, “MADE IN U.S.A. 1-10-38.” This thermometer is embossed at the 10, 2 and 4 area of the bottle. At its largest points, it measures about 17.25 inches long by almost 5.5 inches wide. It has 5 different colors, and the graphics are crazy eye-catching. It has the Brick Wall logo at top with the early script-stylized writing that reads: “DRINK DR. PEPPER GOOD FOR LIFE AT 10 2 AND 4.” It has a detailed image of a raised-letter bottle with clock face and rays bursting out around bottle into the green. The condition is very good, in our opinion. It has nice vivid colors. It has a few small spots of wear. It has a few light spots of oxidation/patina. No repairs and no touch ups at all. The glass thermometer is perfect and accurate.
(Photo: eBay seller patina-picker)
$1,151 (12 bids, 7 bidders): Antique US Glass X.L.C.R. Kings Crown Thumbprint Ruby Stain 10.
Pre-owned, no cracks, three minor chips on the inside of the base, no visible wear in the Ruby stain. Measurement: 10 inches long x 7 3/8 inches wide x 8 3/4 inches tall. Maker: US Glass. Weight: 3 lb. 6 oz.
(Photo: eBay seller hidden-treasures-of-zionsville)
$2,247 (39 bids, 16 bidders): Sad Iron “The Perfect.”
Antique sad iron marked, ” The Perfect, pat Apl For.” This iron is fresh from an attic and needs a cleaning. Has wear and rust. Handle has wear.
(Photo: eBay seller monabobb of Snowshoe Antiques in Watertown, N.Y.)
Deborah Abernethy is a certified appraiser with the International Association of Appraisers. She can be contacted at 404-262-2131 or Deborah@expert-appraisers.com. Her website is www.expert-appraisers.com.