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Treasure Hunt: June 26, 2014


06/26/14
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna,


I found a box of this soap in our basement and was wondering if you knew of any value. I don’t think they are still usable but maybe for decoration for someone.

Cammy from Manchester 
 
 
Dear Cammy,
How fun to find things from the past in your basement and with great advertising as well.
Kirk soap has been around since the early 1800s and still is today. Imagine, it is still a family business as well. I am not 100 percent sure of the age but I think this style was from the 1940s to 1950s. You’re right in saying that it would not be wise to use the soap anymore. 
I would think it does have a value for decorative purposes. What a great accent in a bathroom. The value would depend on the condition of each one’s paper wrapper. If all of them are like the ones in the photo, I would say each bar should be with in the area of $8 to $10. So you figure out how many you have and that will give you some idea of the value. But you would be better off selling the whole box to a person so you get the lump sum. In that situation I would say you could expect approximately $4 for each bar. Not bad for something in your basement. I hope this was helpful, Cammy, and I thank you for sharing. 
 
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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