This is a big category. I guess I should say "old stuff," since "antique" and "vintage" are with many people synonymous. Has your treasure been passed down in the family for three or more generations? Okay, it would probably qualify as an antique ... and definitely something about which I could give you an opinion. If you're in doubt, text me a picture of it. Or give me a call. My phone number is 727.644.0457.
I buy all kinds of jewelry and watches, new and old. I'm interested in Tiffany, Cartier, Yurman, Rolex, Omega, and so on. But I also buy vintage costume jewelry. And I love vintage silver and gold jewelry, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian, Mid-Century, Native American, and so on. If you keep your jewelry in a safety deposit box, I would be happy to meet you at your bank.
I am always interested in paintings, watercolors, prints, engravings, sculpture, carvings and other fine art forms from all periods, in all artistic styles. If you're not sure whether or not you have a piece that might be worth something significant, take a couple of quick shots of it and text them to me. My phone number is 727.644.0457.
People don't entertain quite like they used to. Silver just isn't as popular as in past generations. But it can still have significant value. If you have old family silver, whether it's flatware, tea services, trays or bowls, I will help you identify what is and isn't valuable. And you don't need to clean it or polish it. Dirty silver is still silver. I also often buy old silverplate, depending on the pattern and the completeness of the set. So please don't get rid of any of it before we meet. Call me at 727.644.0457.
Art glass can take many forms. I buy American art glass, such as Tiffany, Steuben and Quezal. And French art glass by Baccarat, Lalique and others. I can help you identify Italian glass, Bohemian glass, Chinese and Japanese glass, and more. I also buy Waterford glass. Usually "stemware" isn't the same thing as art glass, but sometimes it is ... and I'll look at that, too.
I'm a big fan of American art pottery, such as Rookwood and the other Ohio potteries, but I also love looking at (and buying) European pottery and Asian pottery, Native American pottery, old Mexican pottery, etc. Whether you have inherited a single piece, a collection or an entire house full, I would love to look at what you have and possibly make you an offer. You can always snap a pic of what you have and text it to me: 727.644.0457.
Old Firearms & Militaria
I buy old guns, as well as militaria from all periods, including edged weapons, uniforms, medals, insignia and other items. A common misconception is that it is somehow not legal to sell guns without jumping through several legal hoops. This is not the case with antiques guns. The laws governing the private sale of guns aren't that complicated, though, and I follow them to the letter. If you've inherited a single piece (or an entire collection), please call me at 727.644.0457. I would love to discuss how I can help you maximize what you can make from it.
Coins & Stamps
I buy primarily U.S. coins and paper money, but I've been known to buy foreign money, as well. If you have an entire collection of gold and silver coins, a bucket full of wheat pennies, or just a silver dollar or two, call me at 727.644.0457. I'll make you a competitive offer on whatever you have. And I'm one of the only antique dealers in the area who still buys old stamp collections.
Well, "collectible" darn near covers anything, doesn't it? I'll list some things anyway: Sports cards and memorabilia, figurines, dolls and bears, autographs, entertainment memorabilia, postcards, old toys, dollhouse furniture, walking sticks, scientific and medical equipment, musical instruments, old books, antiques tools, old sewing items ... the list goes on. If it's something your grandfather or grandmother collected just for fun, it could be immensely valuable. Or not. But I will let you know one way or the other.
Time was, if someone hung up and shingle that said "antique dealer," that meant for sure he or she dealt in old furniture. That's not so much the case anymore. But I still buy furniture from some periods and styles, including Arts & Crafts, Federal, Mid-Century, etc. But even if it's not something I can use, I'd be happy to refer you without obligation to the best outlets for your pieces so you don't have to guess the best places to call. Let's take a look at what you have. Please call me at 727.644.0457.
Selling broken or unwanted gold and silver jewelry is a scary proposition, in a way. So many fly-by-night shops with "$$$ 4UR Gold" signs popped up overnight after the last gold boom, and they've almost all disappeared. But what they've left in their wake is a deep skepticism for anyone who buys gold and silver. Here's how I do it: I will tell you exactly how much I expect to make on what you have, then tell you how much I'll offer you. You can shop around if you'd like, but I almost always come in higher than local gold buyers (sometimes by a ridiculous margin).
In case you haven't picked this up from the rest of my website, I buy darn near anything of value. I've bought contemporary designer goods, vintage stereo equipment, antique elephant tusks, old fishing tackle, gun parts, picture frames, harps, archery gear, golf clubs and more. I welcome your "mystery piece" or bizarre collection of whatever. Mind you, I will draw the line sometimes, even if something is valuable. But please give me a chance to see what you have. It might be a treasure. Text me a pic of your "everything else" at 727.644.0457.