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What would be a fair price for these two rank badges?
Hello. I have recently been trying to sell two rank badges, and I have been offered 420 usd for the military one and 200 usd for the civil servant one. Do you think these are fair prices? I am pretty new to selling items directly, so any help is appreciated. Best regards.
Nice badges. I think the offers are quite good and fair - at the moment, however... Don't sell it for that kind of money. They have to start paying much more. And they will. I can tell you one thing - items like that very soon, a year or two from now will be vacuumed whenever they appear. And it applies to all Chinese antiques, not only fabrics/textiles obviously.
I am changing my tactics and I will not let my own stock go easily now. It's not greed, it's just that the demand is growing seriously now and once items like that are gone they are gone forever, it's one way traffic: straight into the abyss - they want it, they have to pay for it, simple as that. Recently I have sold a pair of Rep Period vases and I said to a very very good client of mine that if I won't sell it at those fairs we were then later when I get home I will double the price online on my website and I won't be carrying this fragile pair anywhere ever again and 1 year from now I will get a very decent money because people will fight each other for items like that. It has nothing to do with greed - it's business and we have to think ahead and see what's best from this point of view. It's market after all.
Double the offered prices and wait, be patient.
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It is what the market will bear, but you need to stay on the right side of the crash. It is a gamble. Maybe Tam, our textile expert will see your post and weigh in on your items.
Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it. I think i'll sell one of them and hold on to the other for the time being. Best regards.
I think the offer for the military one is Ok but I agree you could ask for more (Adrian's suggestion of double would be a good starting point, with an expectation of taking a slightly lower offer) . The badge is missing the sun, but otherwise is a typical late C19th piece. Military badges are rarer than civil ones and command a higher price. The embroidery work and overall design is quite plain but still a rare thing.
The civil badge is better in my opinion and you should definitely hold out for much more - it is very decorative. Probably kesi weave , or some other loom woven technique on what looks like a silk gauze, which was used in the hot summer weather. The condition (of both badges) is very good , colours are bright , and this badge too is late C19th (lime green colour and cloud pattern are typical) .
If it were me, I would hold onto the civil badge , it is very atttractive , with an individual and striking design and in unusually good condition.
Not sure which rank it depicts - the University of Michigan has some very good info on rank badges with an explanation of all the birds and ranks.
The bird is probably a fifth rank silver pheasant - five tail feathers and a crested head.
It may be done in counted stitch embroidery ( a bit like a fine form of cross-stitch) rather than woven or loom made. Galerie Hafner on Trocadero has a silk purse with a very similar blue background and fabrication technique
@tam18 Thanks for the interesting information. I decided to sell the military badge before I read your comments, as I found the civil servant one to be more interesting, so I'm glad that I seem to have made the correct choice. Here are some more pictures in case anyone is interested:
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