Sunday night's episode of "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago," the family owned "Royal Pawn Shop," found the two Cohen brothers on the battlefield of Chicago and giving viewers a chance to see who and what enter the shop is always a conundrum, but today they are taking their show on the road as they visited Wolff’s Flea Market on a Sunday afternoon.
They are set up to give free appraisals and make some nice deals on this bright and sunny day. The first person is a man with a tri-color pocket watch that he paid $500 for and is dated 1888. The brothers told him he got a good deal, worth about $5,000.
A woman with costume jewelry wanted appraised. They belonged to her mother, who was an entertainer. She had an accent that the guys questioned, and she admitted that she was from Uruguay, while she considered them to have an accent too. They told her that it would retail for about $1,200 to $1,500.
A man with an old painting he got at an estate sale for $50, asked what it was worth. It was signed by Alfred Thompson Bricher, a New England artist who painted beautiful scenes of the craggy shoreline and boats on the Atlantic. When he previously tried to get it authenticated, he was unsuccessful, but another person at the flea market offered him $1,000. The guys asked him to leave it with them for a few hours while he called in a friend. When she saw the painting, she agreed it was authentic Bricher from about the 1860s. She recognized the sailboats in the background, and it was probably the coast of Maine. The frame looks original, but the painting is small for the artist, who usually did much larger canvases. She took pictures and will send them to an authenticator. When she called back a few hours later, she gave them the news that although the painting was on the smaller side, it was authentic and worth between $15,000 to $20,000, and with a minor flaw where the canvas is showing through, if fixed could give him up to $25,000 to $30,000 and a great investment.
A woman with a beautiful lamp, with a metal and slag glass shade. It was worth about $1,200, but not a Tiffany as she had hoped. Randy told her if it was a Tiffany, she would have been going home in a limo today.
When another woman came with a vase. She found it while cleaning out her late mother’s house. It was Limoges, made in France, which is a generic term for glass made in that region. In the late 1800s, there were several manufacturers who made this type of glassware. The Charles Martin Company made this one, as by the easy to identify green marking on the bottom. However, there was no artist signature on the painting, meaning an unknown artist painted it, or it could have been sold as a blank vase, where people took them home and painted them themselves. Unfortunately, it was not worth more than $125.
The guys then took a break to look around for items for their own shop. They found an old diamond scale they got for $40, and a small figurine of a lion for $20.
Back to their table, a woman with jewelry came for an appraisal of a ring and earrings she purchased at an estate sale. They were 18-karat gold with diamonds and sapphires. She paid $2,000, and the guys knew they were worth at least $4,000.
It was a great day for Randy and Wayne and a welcome change from some of the crazy people who come to their shop on this episode of "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago."
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