6. The Old Dutch East India Company Made Its Way To A Pawn Shop
Also known as the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), the Dutch East India Company focused on trade, colonization, and exploration. Established in 1602, the company lasted until 1800 and historically remained one of the most influential international corporations.
The company started to decline in the late 1600s, especially once they lost their silk trades with China, and wars took over. Even with the decline, the company continued to use over 30 ships to successfully trade with various countries because of its robust business model that is still used today.
5. One Dutch East India Company Shipwreck Bell Made It To A Pawn Shop
For nearly 200 years, the Dutch East India Company sat well when it came to trade, even throughout their declining years. With over 30 ships throughout their history, they made over 5,000 trips to Asia to trade silk, gold, and other goods. While some boats didn’t return, the ones that did bring over 2 million tons of products with them.
While most of the shipwrecked items are rarely found, especially in good condition, one 1602 bell made it to a pawn shop in Nevada. After a specialist stated its a real bell from the company, its estimated worth is over $15,000.
4. Photographs Of American Photographer Edward Curtis
Edward Curtis is an early American Photographer who focused on capturing Native Americans and the American West. Years before Rick Harrison from Pawn Stars started making his money off a television show, he paid $50 for four sets of American Indian photogravures done by Edward Curtis.
Unknown to Harrison at the time, Curtis’ work was worth thousands more than what his customer asked for, and he paid for it. In fact, after some research, Harrison learned the value of the rare photographs were close to $20,000.
To most people, Poland’s Order of the White Eagle seems like a regular pin, but it’s far more than this. Since the 1300s, Poland’s symbol remained the White Eagle. When Russia took over part of the country, they added their two-headed eagle at the bottom.
Created around the 1790s, Poland’s Order of the White Eagle is from a time when the country is split into three parts, and Russia gained control of most of the land. This emblem came into a Vegas Pawn Shop after a $6,000 purchase when it’s worth closer to $30,000.
It’s impossible to know how many shipwrecks happened throughout history, even over the last 500 years. However, some pieces from these shipwrecks continue to come to light through people who look for the parts. Sometimes these items make it to a local pawn shop, which is the case of a 1554 Spanish Gold Bar.
After the owner of the pawn shop had an expert look at the bar to determine its authenticity, its value went close to $40,000. The owner sold the item for $35,000, but the pawn shop employee soon learned the real value of the gold bar – close to $50,000.
Over the last several years, the television show, Pawn Stars, showed the world dozens of rare and unique artifacts from various eras in history. One of the most unusual items that came in was an Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask.
Of course, the crew brought in one of the best experts they knew to take a look at the mask. Dr. Phineas Kastle not only gave the viewers a lot of information about the mask but stated it is the real deal within seconds. He also said that the value is over $30,000.