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Doris
Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years.Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have come across what I believe are Victorian or certainly

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Hi, I have come across what I believe are Victorian or certainly early 1900's sewing accessories. I have what I think is called a sewing bird clamp and two wooden tape measure spools. Would you be able to help me in determining a rough age to them and valuation? Many thanks. Ian.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

I am familiar with hemming birds. I have one in my collection.

Is yours wood with cushion or is it silver with cushion?

Does it have the table clamp?

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Doris

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

It could be steel or brass...?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi it is steel I assume as it has some rust, I shall attach a picture. It does also have a clamp.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I also have a picture of the tape measures which I'll attach also, many thanks Dorris
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Your hemming tool is not actually a hemming bird. Those actually have the shape of a bird as part of the design.

Your pieces date early 20thC.

The hemming clamp has an estimated retail value of $95-120.

The lovely inlaid wood tape spools would have an estimated retail value of $75-90 each.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com
Amazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOA
Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

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