Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable Antique?

Quiz Answer: Can You Spot the Most Valuable Antique?

Janel Laban
Sep 20, 2010

On Friday, we kicked off a quiz which posed the question, "If you were to come across these four items priced equally at a flea market this weekend which would you choose as the best potential investment?" Ready to see if your antique spotting eye is right on? Click here for the quiz post or jump below for the answer:

It's the Ox Weathervane! Set at $135,000, it is priced at over $100,000 higher than the next priciest piece in the group. It is available on 1st Dibs from Jeffrey Tillou Antiques. Here is the scoop:

Ox Weathervane

• American

• 19th century

• Attributed to Howard & Co., Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

• Ca. 1854-67.

• The imposing size suggests that this Ox Weathervane was made on commission for a large barn. It is perhaps the largest example by Howard & Co. known to date. It is an exceptional piece based on its sculptural form, size, and virtually untouched condition.

• Full body copper, sheet copper ears (front portion), wrought iron support bar. The tail has been reattached with minor areas of re-soldering, minor re-soldering to the seam of the front right foot. Surface is original, showing some traces of yellow sizing or paint. the weathervane is in a remarkable state of preservation.

The portrait is of Mary Lewis and is priced at $32,500. The quilt is priced at $16,500 and the highwheel bicycle is $10,500.

How did you do? Would you have been celebrating after getting your flea market find appraised?

Images: 1st Dibs, individual direct links above

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