Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daryle Lambert: Fire Screens & Andirons on a Frosty Winter Night

Winter is just around the corner, so this might be a great time to cuddle around that wonderful fireplace. On the farm, when I was young, we would fix egg nog and homemade cookies, huddle around the fireplace and tell stories about the great adventures that had taken place over the past year.

Now as I have grown older, my eyes see different things. Sure, I yearn for the times I spent with my family, but that was then and this is today. How can we take advantage of wintertime and what Antiques and Collectibles does winter afford us?

Andirons, Bellows, Fenders, Fire Screens and Tool Sets are just a few of the items used in conjunction with your fireplace. I would bet you have passed by several of these items in your searches, never giving them a second thought. I know I did, until I took the time to learn about them. I encourage to take some time to familiarize yourself with these types of items so you don't miss the boat the next time you are at a sale and these items are there.

At a sale, these types of antiques and collectibles aren’t displayed in prominent places. These usually are found sitting on the floor, behind pieces of furniture.

A pair of andirons with brass and wrought iron Square Plinths (square base at the bottom of a column) with swags from 1765 and 26 inches tall might command a price of $10,000 in the market today.

Say that is a little to rich for your blood? Then how about a pair of brass ones, Federal, with spurred arched legs and slipper feet for a mere $5,500

Brass seems to be the choice of the day. Urn Finial, Spread winged Eagle pair with Penny Feet By J. Bailey $7500.00 and then there are the Bronze ones, Putti and Sea Monsters , Italy for a fair price of $12,500.00. You may never look at Andirons the same way again.

But it doesn’t stop there. Bellows can bring over $1,000. Fenders $5,000 and Screens up to $20,000 or more. You might be have sitting in front of a fortune all this time and not know it.

You might research on eBay for antique andirons, fireplace screens and fireplace tools. Be sure to check the completed listings, as well, to see what items are actually selling for. You can even have them list the items from the highest to lowest price. You'll find many different price ranges here, while getting exposure to valuable items.

Research and learn. The average dealer will never recognize their true value but you as a informed hunter will be able to swoop them up at tremendous bargains. By finding things of this nature, it won’t take long for you to see the progress that will that together with the 31 Club Antique & Collectible Wealth Building, we are on the right track.

Be sure to visit our web site for more information about how you can join the 31 Club Wealth Building and start your own race to your millions! Read more about it here!"The Guy in the Red Tie" --- Daryle Lambert

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