selling crystal

yborgalJune 3, 2010

My mother was an avid collector of antique crystal pieces. I am not. And now I'm the owner of her collection. The pieces are flawless, signed and gorgeous. I have pitchers, large bowls, sugar/creamers.

We're starting to downsize and this collection is one of the things we will be selling. The question is, "How would I find a buyer willing to pay a fair price?"

These are samples of some of the pieces I have.

Here is a link that might be useful: crystal bowl

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Define 'fair price'. Often people unfamiliar with buying and selling collectibles think that these things are worth a fixed amount. They're not. Most collectors won't buy with the intention of keeping objects forever, they'll be looking to make their own profit. Dealers who have overhead must cover that and they're entitled to a profit too. You'll wind up selling for a lower price to dealers than to collectors, since collectors don't have overhead costs to factor in to resale prices. You've linked to Ruby Lane for examples, why not sit tight for a bit and see how long it takes to sell those items at the prices asked? You can follow similar objects on ebay too. If you have a decent auction saleroom through which you've had a good relationship you can try to consign the glass there. Auctions can be very exciting if their advertising draws the collectors you want.

Over the past ten or fifteen years, cut glass hasn't enjoyed much popularity but I have seen a few spectacular pieces bring very good prices recently. I expect that interest in excellent cut glass is rising again. I don't understand why it waned at all, ABP cut is about the handsomest stuff ever.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:12AM
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I agree....but the trick will be finding the right auction house.
Lovely stuff!! And some day it's price will rise one czn afford to put that much hand work into things these days.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:52AM
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Mona, you and I are in the same boat. I, too, have my mother's collection. I've been using several of the pieces, but I didn't realize they were worth THAT much!

I've also started wearing my grandmother's Gotham diamond and white gold wrist watch from the 1920s and my mom's yellow gold and diamond Bulova engraved in 1941. They keep perfect time.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 11:02PM
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