Most amazing freebie ?

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by bosko69, Jun 17, 2024.

  1. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    What's the most amazing antique/collectible you ever got for free ? Love,a child,an inheritance and disease remission are all great,but considering this forum-let's keep the main post to a material discovery.
    PS-But if you want to share one of your other 'personal miracles' as a 'P.S.' or an aside at the end-that's cool.
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  2. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Way back in the dark ages when I was but a young fool,I was a volunteer for Meals On Wheels. One of my favorite clients was a 94 year old lady named Kathryn Porter.She lived in a crumbling 2 story house crammed with antiques. I often visited her even when I wasnt "on duty" . She had had a leak along one of her chimneys and the mantle had collapsed and she asked me if I would help her clean it up . So many lovely figurines and bric a brac was broken ,but the one thing relatively intact was a brass and copper Tiffany clock with matching candelabra (one arm was broken on a candelabra) she asked me if Id like to have it and I was thrilled. Mind you I was all of 18 and knew Tiffany was a good name but not a whole lot otherwise. Long story short,I took it to a shop to get it fixed and the guy said it'd be $500 to fix it. Being a young person,I didnt have $50 much less 500. After I declined,he then offered to buy it from me for $500 and my but I was thrilled ! That was a fortune in 1980 ! As the years went by I realized he took full advantage of my ignorance,but thats the game, then and now . Miss Porter had been a New York socialite and had moved down to Florida with her mother after the crash of 1929. She never married,wich was astonishing as she had been a lovely girl . Her mother died in 1942 and she lived in that big old house alone till she died in 1983 . Her 1938 car was parked under the port cochere and other than flat tires was in remarkable condition. She and I would chat for hours,she told me lots of lovely stories about parties and trips and balls and the like. I wish I could have seen her again before she died .
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  3. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Amazing tale Johnny,it's got the making's of a great short story.
  4. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Agree! A lovely, vivid story!

    I'd like to think that if I were a shop owner in that situation, I wouldn't take advantage of someone like that.

    I wonder how many times he's told that story!
  5. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I never had space in a shop & therefore never had a chance to buy from 'walk-ins',but I did see it happen at some of the shops I frequented.Sweet little granny comes in & gets offered $15 for a Gustav Stickley piece.
    I knew a few Pickers who'd run outside to make gran a bit better offer.
  6. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I was walking into a Salvation Army once, long closed, and a lady was walking in with some old jewelry to donate. I asked for a gander/butcher's and she handed me an old spoon ring. It was a very floral pattern turned into a ring back in the 60s and fit me. It's still in my jewelry box.
  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    a 14K stick pin of a French horn..........found on the street..
  8. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    That’s great enriching story,thanks.
  9. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    I was paid £300 by lawyers to clear a small apartment in the city.
    (Feb 21)

    Everything had to be removed and disposed of.

    The occupant had smoked himself to death, he was the same age as me with no relatives and no will.

    There was nothing worth having, everything was either waste or scrap metal, (I mean everything.)

    In a walk-in cupboard in the bedroom there were 3 old TV's stacked up, all U/S, behind the TV's was a pair of stereo speakers, under the speakers was a metal box with a glass lid, gaffer taped up.

    Imagine my surprize when I opened it.



    £37k which was $50k at the time:eek:

    I know lawyers are rich enough and they wouldn't want the rubbish returned.

    He had no relatives, so if the lawyers had been straight this would have gone to the treasury minus their fees.

    I put it to good use.:rolleyes:
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  10. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  12. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Astounding-This one'll be darned tough to top.
    Davey-Just out of curiosity,how did you choose to get into the house clearance business ?
  13. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Whilst watching Lovejoy before I retired as a Police Officer:rolleyes:

    I've always collected stuff and been interested in old items.
    I began collecting coins aged 4yrs
  14. Boland

    Boland Well-Known Member

    I don’t know who the hell would be able to top Davey’s amazing story/find (but Iam not holding my breath)

    I don’t have any single great story. The owner/manager of a charity shop give me a old original wildlife drawing by known SA artist a few weeks ago. Probably because I was a regular and I support his shop. He insisted but I did feel awkward about it.
  15. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    We saw Lovejoy over here in the States too-loved it.I know a few officers who got early retirement and also got into antiquing.
  16. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Enjoy the piece-he likes you and appreciates your business.
  17. kentworld

    kentworld Well-Known Member

    My favourite Ian McShane show was Lovejoy. Read some of the books, too. I do believe Davey is the winner. However, I "found" 2 rings: one I wear all the time, the other is in the jewelery box. I'm sure I've been given stuff for free, but I can't think of anything right now.
  18. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    funny eh...the guy had all that cash stashed , waiting for a rainy day....that never came........ I understand him !

    Oh..... ya....Davey wins !!!!:happy:
  19. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Davey wins on maybe unusual but winning career choices too ! I guess you never know where life's going to take you.
  20. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Amazing find Davey ! Id kill to do what you do .Not just for the money,but the thrill of treasure hunting.
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