Auctioneer Lloyd Michael Jr. holds a Navajo saddle blanket dating prior to 1900. (Republican photo)

A Magic Lantern kerosene projector from the Masonic Lodge in Wauneta, is “an awesome piece, one of the best I’ve seen,” Michael said of the museum piece. It’s worth between $500-600. A tin toy acrobat, inspired by the Olympics in the late ‘20s or early ‘30s, is worth between $200-250. (Johnson Publications photo)

Is Grandma’s dessert plate valuable?

    The elegantly painted plate has been displayed in your dining room cabinet for years. You don’t know the story behind Grandma’s legacy, but it might be valuable.
    Those attending the Chase County Historical Society’s annual Chase County Roadshow Sunday learned what makes an antique valuable according to price or sentiment.
    Lloyd Michael Jr. of Michael Auction of Julesburg, Colo., said the financial value of an antique is based upon rarity, how well it’s been taken care of and condition—if there is a chip or damage. Michael said the latter is “a giant bad deal.”
    “Hot” or popular antiques at this time include coins, crocks, marbles, guns and signs.
    “I sold seven to eight thousand guns alone this year,” Michael said, adding that he was admiring the guns displayed in the Chase County Museum, where the Roadshow was held.

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