What’s it worth? Appraiser determines if they are treasures

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 14, 2015

Prized possessions ranging from an antique crock pot to watches to a black onyx candy dish came before the expert eyes of Scott Cron at the second appraisal fair at the Lawrence County Museum on Saturday.

One of the first items Cron looked at was a cast iron kettle with legs that he dated to be at least 100 years old.

“Cast iron is very popular now in skillets and pots,” he said. “A lot of people would use this for a flower pot.”

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The rise in popularity comes from the interest in decorating with primitives. That includes using wrought iron inside along with wicker furniture, often used in sunrooms.

He estimated the pot was worth between $65 and $100. “I wouldn’t change its condition,” he said. “It is worth more.”

However, the condition of a 19th century candy dish did diminish its value.

The black onyx piece had a small chip. Because of that Cron appraised it at between $50 and $60. If it had been in mint condition, it would have been worth between $100 and $125.

Another popular item, Cron said, is vintage watches. Several Bulova versions were brought in for appraisals that dated back to the 1930s.

“Watches are very collectible,” he said. “And even mantle clocks.”