Investing in History: Antiques

Antique Assets

Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable. Click ahead to see some of the most valuable antique assets.

Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable.

Click ahead to see some of the most valuable antique assets.


Updated Oct. 15, 2010
First posted Aug. 31, 2009

Émile Gallé Vase

: $24,850 This glass vase, 11 ¼ inches high, was made around 1900.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $24,850

This glass vase, 11 ¼ inches high, was made around 1900.

The Robinson Crusoe Sideboard

: $550,000 The Robinson Crusoe sideboard was made around 1862 by Garrard Robinson. The detailed carvings on the sideboard represent the events from Daniel Defoe’s epic novel of the same name.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $550,000

The Robinson Crusoe sideboard was made around 1862 by Garrard Robinson. The detailed carvings on the sideboard represent the events from Daniel Defoe’s epic novel of the same name.

Drax Wine Trey

: $685,000 These silver gilt wine coaster treys were created by Edward Bernard & Sons of London in 1829.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $685,000

These silver gilt wine coaster treys were created by Edward Bernard & Sons of London in 1829.

Linke Clock

: $1,250,000 The Régulateur Louis XV surmounté du Motif le Temp is one of six made by François Linke in the early 1900’s. The clock stands over ten feet tall and took over ten years to make.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $1,250,000

The Régulateur Louis XV surmounté du Motif le Temp is one of six made by François Linke in the early 1900’s. The clock stands over ten feet tall and took over ten years to make.

Paul Revere Coffee Pot

: $1,850,000 This silver coffee pot is one of three Paul Revere pieces made prior to the American Revolution. The phrase “Frangas non flectes” (“Broken, not bowed”) is inscribed on the base of the pot. 
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $1,850,000

This silver coffee pot is one of three Paul Revere pieces made prior to the American Revolution. The phrase “Frangas non flectes” (“Broken, not bowed”) is inscribed on the base of the pot. 

Four Seasons Figurines

: $128,500 These four porcelain figures by Friedrich Elias Meyer were created between 1746 and 1751.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $128,500

These four porcelain figures by Friedrich Elias Meyer were created between 1746 and 1751.

Linke Bedroom Set

: $148,500 The four-piece bedroom set was made by François Linke around 1870.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $148,500

The four-piece bedroom set was made by François Linke around 1870.

King of Hanover Dinner Set

: $165,000 This dish set was commissioned by George V. King of Hanover around 1860 and consists of 195 pieces.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $165,000

This dish set was commissioned by George V. King of Hanover around 1860 and consists of 195 pieces.

Empress Carlota’s Grand Piano

: $225,000
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $225,000

This piano was owned by the Empress Carlota of Mexico and made by the London firm Collard & Collard around 1825.

Celestial & Terrestrial Globes

: $295,000 These two English globes were made by the 19th century firm John Newton and Son between 1830 and 1857.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $295,000

These two English globes were made by the 19th century firm John Newton and Son between 1830 and 1857.

The Empress of Austria’s Jewel Case

: $350,000 This gemstone-adorned case was made around 1870 for Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, the Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Royal Princess of Bavaria.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $350,000

This gemstone-adorned case was made around 1870 for Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie, the Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Royal Princess of Bavaria.

Royal Silver Gilt Tazas (Plate)

: $398,500 Nineteenth century silversmiths Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith created this plate for King John III in 1803.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $398,500

Nineteenth century silversmiths Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith created this plate for King John III in 1803.

Silver Candlesticks by Paul de Lamerie

: $428,500 The English silversmith Paul de Lamerie made these candlesticks during the 1700’s.
Source: M.S. Rau Antiques

Price: $428,500

The English silversmith Paul de Lamerie made these candlesticks during the 1700’s.