Hello all, I would be interested in hearing some opinions relating to
the value of some Ampico items that I have, specifically vintage roll
catalogues and related items.
I have two catalogues, the first is dated January, 1919 (see Givens
"Re-Enacting the Artist", P. 79.). It is in absolute pristine con-
dition, with no stains, tears, or other blemishes. There are a few
barely noticeable rub marks on the outside edges of the cover, but
that is the limit of any damage. The binding is perfect.
In addition, I also have the larger 1925 catalogue (Givens, P. 82).
This catalogue is not is such good condition, with the cover slightly
bent and some frayed edges. Nevertheless, the binding is in tact,
and there are no stains or tears.
In addition to the above catalogues, I also have a copy of the original
"AMPICO Magazine", Winter, 1920. It is in remarkably perfect condi-
tion. There are no tears, stains, or creases. Even the little string
woven into the binding is still intact. It is museum quality. (Givens,
Related to the above, and perhaps the most impressive item, I also
have the original memo from the Ampico service department that came
with the Ampico magazine (Givens, P. 90). Incredibly, it too is in
perfect condition, and looks as though it could have been printed
yesterday. It is on golden-rod bonded paper, and says "Chieftain Bond"
with the image of a spread-winged owl when held up to the light.
I have it safely kept in a protective clear plastic sleeve.
The 1919 catalogue, along with the 1920 Ampico magazine and memo sheet
were given to me some years ago by an elderly woman who's family was
the original owners of an Ampico piano. She told me a long story about
her memories of the piano (the piano's whereabouts no-longer known),
and even had a few beautifully perfect rolls in which she also gave me.
When I played them on a piano I had just finished restoring, it brought
her to tears after hearing this music she hadn't heard in decades.
No-one else in her family wanted the catalogues or the rolls, so she
"gave" them to me in appreciation for simply playing the rolls, and
refused any further payment.
The 1925 catalogue was found in an antique store. I continue to search
antique stores and used book stores for additional materials, but
seldom come across anything.
Anyway, I would appreciate any estimates of value. I would like to
state that I am NOT interested in selling these items, I am simply
trying to establish value. Any help is much appreciated. Thank you!
[ If you are insuring your collection (a wise idea), then the value
[ you need is the cost of a replacement in the same condition.
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