Publication: Tampa Bay Times

What's It Worth? Predicting Antique Trends

What's It Worth? Predicting Antique Trends

It’s always difficult to predict antique trends, but looking over the past 70 years of collecting, many trends point to our rich immigrant history. Today it appears to be all about Asia. Asian antiques have been steadily growing since 1990, with their peak at around 2014.

In the 1940s, German influence was everywhere. In the 1950s, Italian antiques were very hot as the grandsons and granddaughters of Italian immigrants started buying. The 1960s and ’70s were about Danish modern antiques.

What's It Worth? Worth - Fast Cars Equal Expensive Watches

What's It Worth? Worth - Fast Cars Equal Expensive Watches

Growing up in the Midwest, most of the cars I saw were American. In fact, many people in our union town despised foreign cars. It was practically a law – you were expected to buy American, and that was that.

As I began to travel across the country in the 1970s buying and selling antiques, I rubbed elbows with a wider segment of the American population. European cars started to catch my eye as I traveled doing research for my Rolex book.

What's It Worth? Worth - A German 22k Gold Decorative Arts Masterpiece

What's It Worth? Worth - A German 22k Gold Decorative Arts Masterpiece

Carl Frey & Söhne was a Master Jeweler in Breslau, Germany, near the Swiss border. He made a myriad of items for royalty and other wealthy clients. We can’t trace the provenance, but this piece is one of the most spectacular we have seen.