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02/15/18



Dear Donna,

I have a curiosity for you. I bought this axe at a consignment antique store in Concord for less than $50. It is a bronze axe with jade inlays. It looked unique and very old; that is what got my attention. From what I could find, it is from the Shang Dynasty, 1600-1000 BC.

Brandon from Concord
 
Dear Brandon,
 
Asian antique pieces are not my strong point. I did do some research for you and found that you were right in the time frame of the original item. But you need to have it looked at by a specialist in that field because there were many reproductions made to represent the original ones. 
Any items that have a strong use in history either from the U.S. or other countries tend to be reproduced to keep the history going. If you were lucky enough to acquire an original bronze axe the value would be in the range of $5,000. But if it was a reproduction, you paid what it is worth. 
There are several auction houses in Massachusetts or New York that have specific departments that could definitely provide you with authenticity. I strongly recommend doing more research and finishing with a professional to confirm whether it’s real or not.
Note: I want to thank everyone who sent in responses to my column about the brass item that I couldn’t figure out. It turns out it was used to slide over military buttons while polishing them. How ingenious and useful! To not get polish on the uniform while cleaning the buttons is priceless even though the value now is pretty low for such a unique item. 

Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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