Question Hello Paul, I have a question about a wooden sign that I have. It's says Julius kayser and co Zeller Schwarze Katz, the zeller collection. It is hand carved and I have researched it about and found some that are similar but not at all like this one. It also has a signature in the right hand corner I can't make out. Also has Browne vintner company New York ny on its side. I know this is a rare piece, how much would this be worth?
Answer Hi Riley
This is a piece of marketing they produced years ago. I wish it were worth lots of money, but they made thousands of them. The fact that it is signed would have significance to the owner, but these aren't collectible...i haven't seen one sell for more than about $40.
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