Montana Man Selling RARE Antique For $1.5M. Is That Too Little?
There are times we come across something we have held on to for some reason, whether it is a gut feeling that it could be something worth a penny or two, or perhaps it is something that is large and in charge and we have no idea what to actually do with it. So...we just keep it.
A coworker recently had an estate sale at his parent's house, as they have both passed the heavenly gate now, and he was shocked at how much "stuff" his parents held on to. Some interesting and some, well, not so interesting. You have to read his article, it's quite good.
BUT there are times we have that one thing that ends up being a real gem. For Scott Wyss, this is JUST the case. Once a small business owner of JRS Furniture/Antiques, forced to close due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Wyss had a lot of great things to part with.
There was one particular item he DID hold on to, and let me tell you now, THAT my friend, was a very wise choice. A 1900s Chinese Rickshaw is so RARE I attempted to find another one for sale and I couldn't. Not one like Wyss owns. The hand-carved details, the condition, and the rarity of this rickshaw are immaculate.
The condition of the wood is as close to perfect as it can be. You can see the hours of hard work and dedication put into building this rickshaw with each carefully carved nook.
Picture yourself way back in the 1900's being pulled around in this, knowing that it shows your elite status along with style. So how do you value such an amazing piece of history? Personally, it's priceless. BUT, having an appraiser come out and evaluate the piece would be my best guess.
A little Antique Roadshow perhaps? Or maybe Mike Wolfe from American Pickers should make his way to our beautiful state and check it out for himself. I can tell you this, I tried to find one on "google" and failed epically. Some comments say, "reproduction", "replica", but whatever the case may be, only an appraiser can make that call. And I highly doubt any of the commenters are legit "appraisers", but they sure do know a lot.
If you are able to find one, PLEASE let me know. I am invested in this now and am determined to get Scott Wyss the best possible price...maybe it will end up in a museum for everyone to enjoy.