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07/05/2022 at 10:50 am in reply to: Worthpoint help: FRANCE 1916 SOMME COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION #96872
Can’t help you with the Worthpoint, but Sainte Barbe is apparently the patron saint of explosives workers. She’s holding up the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch*; Barbe is French for beard. i think it’s probably something that was sold for fundraising of some sort.
*no, not really 🙂
Slow week for eBay as well. I got ‘phoned up by a rep yesterday, checking whether I am going to the business thing next week. I was asked if I’d like to bring any more guests along; had the impression they’d be happy if I rounded up a busload.
As for the German VerpackG- the registration process appears to apply only to companies. It also seems to be the case that neither the German post office nor German customs are responsible for enforcing the regulations. Seems to be some kind of internally-regulated thing, with an emphasis on companies dibbing out other companies for breaking the rules.
“Antique used condition” 🙂 There’s a Worthpoint listing for a Brown and Williamson plug cutter. The Wiki article on that company here mentions another company run by Robert Lynn Williamson’s father, which manufactured chewing tobacco.
@lukastreasuretrove I don’t know if it’s true of American wood planes, but the older British planes (18th- early 19th century) have the maker’s name in relief inside a zig-zag bordered box. Used to be common- haven’t seen one in years.
Well that video’s good! Don’t know about tobacco plugging, but that’ll make a useful can crusher.
It’s part of the process of making tobacco; after boiling the leaves in a molasses solution they’re compressed into a block and then shredded to produce the final smoking mixture. The impetus for doing this in the UK is that you could legally make 28 lb of tobacco per year for your own consumption tax-free.
Well the print’s fine, it’s the signature, title and date that’s got a tidemark. The artist’s 90 years old this year, and still working.
That’s the sourcing side. The selling side’s becoming so rule-bound that adapting without considering alternative arrangements becomes difficult. Like this VerpackG nonsense from Germany.
@christiner You have rummage sales? I haven’t been to one of those for years (a.k.a. jumble sales). Can’t say I miss them. I had to play rugby at school- football was banned- and the experience was about the same, except with old grannies.
No sales this week, 40 quid’s worth last week. Bought a large 3 foot by 2 foot etching in a broken frame from a flea market for £5 thinking it was a Norwegian artist. Turned out to be Bruce Onobrakpeya, Lagos, 1971, retails at around £800 to £1,000 if some professional framer hadn’t framed it with a matt made out of some industrial packing material, which has left a brown ring round the print and over the signature and title.
along with free entertainment
There is (or was) a pub in Leicester called the ‘Ship’. Back in the 1940s the free entertainment was a man nailing a rat to the bar and then tearing it apart with his teeth. When I went there in the 1980s it was a man going table-to-table with a matchbox, doing an impersonation of Tommy Cooper.
Las Vegas ain’t got nothing on us!
“We’re coming to Leicester with the eBay Business Roadshow! We’re always looking for new ways to show our support for your eBay business. That’s why [blah blah-blah blah blah] free bar [blah blah blah]”
The Baa print was sold at auction by RoGallery (“a unique force in the art world”) They don’t have an online database of past auctions, but they set their starting bid on a lot at 50% of the low estimate. The realised price on the Baa print was -80% below the mid-estimate, according to the MutualArt website, which I think means that it was 20% of the mid-estimate.
So, given examples of the relationship between starting bid, low and high estimates and the figure of 20% of mid-estimate realised, it should be possible to work out the winning bid.
Or just guess that it sold for $100. 🙂
Antique-bronze effect gallows lamp with crab-claw patterned base.
An American buyer a while back got auto-charged 10% tax on something I sold him; I found it embarrassing so I refunded him the 10%. Also (I think) eBay’s GSP adds customs duty to printed paper shipping. It used to be that printed paper was exempt from duty; I find reading and understanding customs regulations virtually impossible, so maybe that’s changed.06/08/2022 at 2:07 am in reply to: Can someone help me identify Pottery mark – is this Hull? #96617