KOVEL; The origin, the use of certain objects of yesteryear remain a mystery | Community
Sometimes inventions have changed the way we do work. They render a certain tool or decoration useless and its previous use is forgotten.
A 5-inch-tall bisque vase in the shape of a man in political uniform was one such mystery at a recent auction. It could hold small flowers for a very short time, because the small opening would only hold enough water for the flowers for a day.
We’ve seen similar little characters identified as match holders, but it could just be a “whim” (a fancy number, maybe even a joke). We were sure he was old, and we thought the character was a caricature of a famous English politician. The style of the pants, short shirt, yellow epaulettes, curly hairstyle and flat hat seemed appropriate. Regardless of its use, it was attractive and, with eight bids, it sold for $ 59 at the Conestoga auction in Pennsylvania. The value will increase if the human can be identified.
Hohner began making chromatic harmonicas in 1912. Pressing the button on the side of the harmonica changes the notes by a semitone, allowing a chromatic scale to be played. Hohner joined KHS, a Taiwanese musical instrument company, in 1987. It is still in business. Hohner has made over a billion harmonicas. Most aren’t worth much less than $ 50 because they’re so common.
If the harmonica is a model sought after by collectors or has something unusual about it, it is in perfect condition and has the original box, it could cost more. It is not possible to estimate the value without seeing it. Take it to a music store in your area and see if someone can give you some idea of the value.
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