Dec 6, 2009
Gerry Eggert of Rochester, NY reports
There was an Auction in Clarence, NY recently. Clear Steuben animals (hand holders) were going for $10-$15 each. Large Steuben bowls (clear) were going for less than $100. Just like Fostoria. So the market is very weak for some types of Steuben glass, particularly clear.
The issue is will this type of investment recover to its earlier levels. I doubt it very much.
I was also at an Antique Show in Syracuse 2 weeks ago. I had some of my smalls in with a furniture dealer. Another dealer had 5 pieces of clear Steuben. Only 2 people even looked at her Steuben. No sales at all. Very slow for average Steuben.
What does this mean. While real estate may have declined 50%, low and middle quality Steuben has declined at least 75%. Will it come back?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Thanks to Fran Gabel of Morristown, New Jersey for this shopping report
I attended the Morristown Armory show and was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few dealers with a lot of Carder Steuben to sell. The prices were fair. There were no great bargains . I was able to buy 3 pieces of Steuben. Lots of other high end glass available also. The show was one of the best I have been to in a long time.