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3 years ago #1
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I have 6 very old chinese opium pipes from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's what do yall think they are worth

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3 years ago #2
jade
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I think those are antiques and you'd better get them appraised professionally.

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3 years ago #3
dkalashian
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Thank You Jade, I have found an appraiser in my neighborhood. She is quite knowledeable but very expensive, almost 200 dollars an hour, thats more than some Dr.s eh?

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3 years ago #4
jade
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Did she see the pipes or their pictures? Does she think the appraisals results will worth the price?

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3 years ago #5
dkalashian
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Not yet, as I haven't taken any pictures yet. I did see a pipe exactly like one I have in a bruce lee movie one time. And this lady appraiser wont even look at the pipes without the money. I did find a couple of other appraisers just a couple of blocks away by accident. They have an auction house I didn't even know about, they own a flea market just three blocks from my house and they have a consignment auction place a little further down the road. Its been nice to have your input as it has made me think differently about this and after I have had them appraised I will keep you updated .... Thanks

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3 years ago #6
dkalashian
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hmmm I just went on ebay and saw 3 pipes similar to the one I told you about and it seems it is only worth 75 to 80 dollars but I dont think they are the same age as the one I have. they look like reproductions, as I said they are similar and very close but not the same medium, the one I have like thiers is bronze/brass and very old with a great patina. either they polished thiers or they are like I said copies.

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3 years ago #7
Haleiwahi
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Going forward, it would be interesting to see pics of them. To determine if they are real or reproductions, taking close up pics of scratches, veins, surface indentations, coloring, fading etc. will tell a lot.

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3 years ago #8
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dkalashian wrote:
hmmm I just went on ebay and saw 3 pipes similar to the one I told you about and it seems it is only worth 75 to 80 dollars but I dont think they are the same age as the one I have. they look like reproductions, as I said they are similar and very close but not the same medium, the one I have like thiers is bronze/brass and very old with a great patina. either they polished thiers or they are like I said copies.


I'm sure the others have much more knowledge and experience than I do but ebay isn't necessarily a good measure of something's real value. The right Buyer in the wrong place means an item may sell for considerably less than it's really worth.
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3 years ago #9
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I think you are right and I am defintely going to have these pipes appraised profesionally. These are from before the boxer rebellion in china therefore I think are worth more than I imagine, maybe not but probably so
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3 years ago #10
jade
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I hope you know the patina on yours could be fake too. It is very easy to create this patina with the help of some chemicals. How do you know the pipes are about this old?

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3 years ago #11
dkalashian
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well because I am almost 56 and my brother is 61 and he remembers them when he was about2. also my father got them from his fathers father who had them for about 30 years. he was armenian and the story is he snuck into china an robbed the opium den, everyone was asleep so the story goes, i guess a thief nonetheless eh?

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3 years ago #12
dkalashian
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what kinda stuff are you collecting jade, if I might ask. I started collecting coins and stamps as a kid, I lost them in a fire several years ago so I am trying to sell some of my parents stuff off that they left me to start over. I kinda like the pipes but !!!!!an my moms jewelry is kool even the costume stuff is awesome but what am I gonna do with it?

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3 years ago #13
jade
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I wouldn't call myself a collector. I like old well made objects and with time all the things I collected formed some kind of a collection. I like boxes and have a few real nice ones. I have some old furniture I like and many fabrics- old kimonos, wall hangings, carpets etc.

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3 years ago #14
dkalashian
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i tried to attach photos using the little card from my phone but it isnt working for some reason when Itry to open the pictures on the picture gallery any suggestions?

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3 years ago #15
Haleiwahi
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At the bottom on this page, just above the submit button there's a darker brown wording which says, "attach photos" then you're directed to a browse feature. You should be able to download them from your browser in your picture album. If they are not in your picture album, then you should first put them there and then you will be able to show them. If this doesn't work, it may be because there are too many pixels in the photo, but you would see a sign that states why they aren't being posted. Either way try posting them and see if this works. I'm interested to see what they look like too!

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3 years ago #16
dkalashian
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well there are some other pictures on there I think but the last 2- 4404 4324 are 2 of them I seem to have messed up with the others, face it ok I am not a whiz wit technology teehee. I will try to get the other pics later on

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3 years ago #17
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Very nice pictures. It would be fun to see how others chime in and comment. Some of those old opium pipes have some real personality and as old as some are, making one with the technology that existed back then would have been a real challenge. I would imagine that each one is unique in its own right. Are there any numbers, letters or identification marks on them? If so, can you tell if they are carved or stamped?

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3 years ago #18
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I am not finding any numbers yet but I do need to look closer. There are two(2) with long stems approx 1 1/2 feet long with small bowls on the end so they could lay down on thier side an had a candle or flame of some kind to light the pipe and then they could dream away(so the story goes handed down). I am taking great care in unwrapping them as you can see they are wrapped up in bubble wrap and other stuff to protect them. I hope to get those downloaded without the other pics soon. it has been nice having someone with an interest in them ttyl

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3 years ago #19
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I'm sure that there are others that will monitor this thread. Very interesting to be sure. The more history you can include in your comments will only enhance the mystery surrounding these pipes. Also, it would be good if you laid a tape measure next to them so that a clearer picture of the size could be determined and considered. Regardless of how they were made, old is brittle. The theory of "handle with care" has certain application here.

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3 years ago #20
dkalashian
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almost everyone of these pipes have very small chinese writing,lots of writing onthe stems and such, those ones of the fan and altenator are an invention to provide electric while driving down the road, I have two others I believe will work as well, and am in the process of building an electric vehicle that only needs to be charged the first time the battery pack is installedanyway take carettyl

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3 years ago #21
Haleiwahi
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DK - Got 3 of the 5 pics. This thread should be around for awhile and hopefully others will jump in and share their experiences with this kind of artifacts.

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3 years ago #22
jade
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I like them. I can't be sure about anything from pictures but they do look old. And it seems like the family story had some truth in it since they look like objects made for a daily use and not some fancy antique.

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3 years ago #23
Haleiwahi
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Jade - yes what you said is so true. Having a family heirloom that is also an artifact, is not only an antique, it is also an antique with a story. Not too many people actually have family heirlooms with an interesting history that they can trace.

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3 years ago #24
dkalashian
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pretty cool huh I think Im getting the hang of attaching a photo, not bad for a ludite eh

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3 years ago #25
Haleiwahi
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DK - Yes, for a ludite, you did very good. those are truly interesting looking artifacts. You ought to start a blog on them and tell about their history. You'd be surprised how others can later chime in and write information on what they have found. You might also include if you ever went to antique stores and compare what they have compared to what you have, costs etc.

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3 years ago #26
dkalashian
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Hey Jade,
I have been busy trying to find answers, all of your input is gr8 and sensible. I do have some emotional ties and am finding it hard to think of them going/being somewhere else. However I was in Tacoma wa. for about 3 years taking care of my mother until she passed from cancer. since returning to the Tampa Bay area I have been unable to find work. I had a job in Tacoma with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and made good money plus being native I fished salmon,crabs and had passed scuba and surface supply air diving courses to harvest geoduck clams( which taste better than any new england area clam) and am missing out on alot of money. I grew up here in Tampa but since I got back I have no job no family to speak of(a couple of stepmothers on the east coast which I never see an rarely talk to)and since I am a southern boy hate the cold but am seriously considering moving back to Tacoma where I have so many cousins and a couple of aunts etc...plus washington state is beautiful.well ttyl

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3 years ago #27
dkalashian
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Hey YO!!! yer killing me... I am technologically challenged eh n just how do I start a blog, where do I go and how do I start one plz help

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3 years ago #28
Haleiwahi
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DK - You say - "I am technologically challenged" .. . :oh if you can type, you can start your blog. go to "my actions " button on the top of the page. click onto "new blog post " and take it from there

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3 years ago #29
dkalashian
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I see on my screen at the top the word PAGE and when I click on it it does have BLOG WITH WINDOWS LIVE but I dont see MY ACTIONS is there a difference?

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3 years ago #30
Haleiwahi
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You may have to start the blog first then you'll have "my actions" I don't remember, but try it, you just might like it.

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