05/27/2013 08:23 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Country Living Appraises An Early-20th-Century Diamond Dyes Color Card (PHOTO)

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"I snagged this small sign for $20. What can you tell me about it?" - C.E., Southgate, Michigan

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Early-20th-Century Diamond Dyes Color Card

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.


Your 12-inch-tall score, which likely sat atop a store counter during the first quarter of the 20th century, advertised for Diamond Dyes, a line of do-it-yourself cloth colorants on the market between 1872 and the 1950s. Since the product packaging didn't reflect the pigment's end result, the brand gave retail shops sample books and so-called color cards, like this one, featuring fabric imbued with the dyes. You nabbed the display at an extremely low price, especially considering its condition: The original tin stand and frame remain in good shape, and the textiles show very little fading.

What's It Worth: $350

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