These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops

Trista - January 31, 2020

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
Dutch East India Company bell. Pinterest.

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.

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
Portrait of Edward Curtis. Wikimedia

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.

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
Order of the White Eagle from Poland. Wikimedia.

3. Poland’s Order Of The White Eagle

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.

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
1554 Spanish gold bar from a shipwreck. Pinterest.

2. Spanish Gold Bar From A 1550s Shipwreck

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.

These Precious Historical Artifacts Were Discovered in Pawn Shops
Egyptian cartonnage mummy mask. Sothebys.

1. Egyptian Cartonnage Mummy Mask

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.

 

How did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“13 Extremely Rare Historical Artifacts Discovered In Pawn Shops .” Brent Sprecher, Ranker.

“Expensive items featured on Pawn Stars, ranked.” Megan Liscomb, Finance 101. July 2019.

“15 Rare And Expensive Items Sold On Pawn Stars Like JFK’s $575,000 Box.” Lucas Wesley Snipes, The Richest. February 2018.

“The Dutch East India Company: The Rise and Decline of an Early Global Corporation.” Amanda Briney, Thoughtco. April 2019.

“WWI Gas Mask: Protecting against early chemical warfare” The Story of Texas.

“Pawnshop Employee Reveals The Rarest Items They Have Received Over The Years, And Some May Surprise You.” Rokas Laurinavičius, Bored Panda. 2018.

“Panamanian artifacts found in Klamath Falls going home.” Lynne Terry, The Oregonian. January 2009.

“Pawn Stars: The 30 Most Expensive Things To Come Through The Shop.” Thomas Delatte, Screen Rant. March 2019.

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