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Treasure Hunt: June 19, 2014


06/19/14
By Donna Welch



 This week I want to share with you what I think is a great story. I am always happy to meet young collectors and share their stories. This time, Madden (in photo at right)tells his own story, which he wrote after searching for the perfect antique for an American Pickers contest.

 
When my mom told me that American Pickers was having a contest, I knew I had to look at my grandmother’s house, because she still had socks from when she was in high school. If she kept those, she must have more antique stuff! I looked through her button collection, her basement, and asked her for a suggestion, but found myself empty handed.
My mom and I went searching at second-hand stores, and then the first antique store we stopped in I knew I had found my treasure. I wanted to find something from World War II because I find it interesting and we had family that served in it.
After looking through the antique store and not finding anything, I asked the owner (Donna) if she knew of anything rare and interesting from World War II. I explained the project to her and she said I have the perfect thing.
It was perfect for me — a button from a war uniform that also was a locket. How nice to know someone had worn their family photos to war with them. 
After going home and doing my homework on the company the made the buttons (Liberty Manufacturing), I decided to take a closer look at my grandmother’s buttons again, and didn’t I find one just like it from my dad’s grandfather. This one was empty, so I had to wonder if anyone in our family ever even knew it was a locket. So now I have my own button and an amazing story to tell. I hope other kids will read this and want to be informed about history just like me!
 
Madden, I just want to say thank you for sharing your story and I hope you do well with it. But most of all you need to know that your button isn’t just an amazing story; it has a collectible value as well. You were very lucky to have found one, as they are not common. The value on these is in the $100+ range. So this story really has a happy ending either way.
 
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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