Tuesday, 6 December 2011
One Man's Junk is Another's Old Master
Anyway.... once the bracelet was clean I decided to remove these five travel shield charms. People bought these, in the years after the war, as souvenirs of places that they'd visited or as mementos of towns that were special to them in other ways. I thought that these were too personal to have mass appeal. I also made an executive decision (after all I am the MD of my own business!) to remove an additional charm that potentially could make a reasonable sum if sold on its own. It's a lovely little boot which opens to depict the old woman in the shoe with her multiple children. I put her and the bracelet on Ebay at asking prices that would make me a small profit if no-one bid higher. As for the shields, I decided that they were probably worth no more than the scrap value of the silver and listed them as a job lot for £2.50.
What I'd love to know is whether one or more of these items had sentimental value for the buyer which forced their price up. Fond memories of Wilmslow perhaps. Or has the travel shield equivalent of the 'Mona Lisa' just passed me by and I've remained completely oblivious?