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Forum topic by DanoP posted 05-15-2012 10:49 PM 2278 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2012 10:49 PM

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My house was broken into yesterday and the thieves ran off with a jewelry box and a votive that I had posted here and I need some values to give to the insurance folks. I was hoping that some of you who make and sell your work could lend your expertise and help me place a value on these items. I’ve never sold any of my work so I am at a complete loss.

Links to the two items I had posted are below.

THANK YOU in advance for all your help.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 11:12 PM

Oh, that is heartbreaking – especially the jewelry box you made for your wife. I don’t have any direct suggestions on value, but if you are looking for evidence on the high side, you could check, a site for handcrafted items of all kinds.
Some of the boxes with exotic woods are in the high hundreds of dollars.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 11:39 PM

Insurance companies are by the numbers. You need to factor in the cost of materials and the man hours you have into those pieces. They could give a crap less about sentimental value. The only way around it is to have a speculated price from a well known auctioneer who would know the value of “niche” items, and then you would have had to have those pieces insured individually.

Sorry for your loss. I hate fkn thieves…....especially when it happens to a shipmate!

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 12:48 AM

Thanks guys, I know I cant get the sentiment back. I’m just looking for a number to put in a box and thought that some of you who have placed price tags on your work could give me a guestimate. I don’t know if I should put $30 or $300.

The worst part is they took a box that my Grandfather made that contained his WWI, WWII medals, my Dad’s military and firefighting “stuff” and all of my Navy medals and ribbons. You know those jerks threw all of that stuff right in the trash, along with the box and took what few nice pieces of jewelry my wife had to the pawn shop.

Thanks again for your help.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 12:55 AM

20 year USN Engineman here DanoP. I cringe at the thought of your dads medals as they can never be truly replaced. You can write to the Department Of The Navy and ask if they can replace them. There are a lot of good people stationed at the pentagon who may just take it upon themselves to piece together some replacements. They do it all the time. At least you will know that your dad was in thier thoughts…...and that goes a long ways. I hope the sick little bastards get caught. Your dad is bretheren to us all.

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 11:07 PM

Hi Dano I’m a property adjuster… U need to look at your policy to see eyat the max limit is on jewelry! Usually it’s around. 2500.00 for loss due to theft unless you bought a floater for jewelry. When it comes to the box factor in your man hours and suitable rate for your labor and materials. A good starting point would be and find something that’s of like kind and quality. Try to get your adjuster to settle with an agreed value of the items. PM me if you need more advice

-- Michael,

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 11:26 PM

Sorry to hear that, hope it all goes well.

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 12:36 AM

I have sold some of my things and gave others away.
I will give it a shot for you.
1. Candle Voltive $225 to $260
2. Jewelry Box $ 145 to $175

That is pretty close without really seeing the item in person.
Really hope they catch them and get all of your personal affects back

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 01:52 AM

$125 to $150 on the centerpiece . Jewelry box would be $300 to $375

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 11:35 AM

I suck at pricing, but I am a pretty fair shot. Let us know if they catch them.

Best wishes.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 05-22-2012 11:38 AM

I’m not an insurance adjuster, but I got robbed not too long ago. Cleaned my shop out of any power tool that you could carry. I still feel dirty from it and I feel for you terribly. I had a handful of antique tools stolen and I had to just find modern equivalents. Perhaps you could scour the web for a high end seller, because that’s what you’ll need to replace it. Sorry again.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 05-22-2012 12:09 PM

Sorry I can’t offer any pricing I just don’t know. I know how you must feel, I was robbed many years ago, fortunatley the thief was not too bright and stole a cheap Jewlery box with all fake Jewlery, total value about $20. Typically thieves will hang around the same neighborhood for a while if they get good stuff, so I would be on the look out, unfortunately you just never know when or if they will come back around.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#12 posted 05-22-2012 12:39 PM

Thats heart breaking, I hope you get it return.

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#13 posted 05-22-2012 01:25 PM

I don’t want to scare you, hopefully you’ll take this as advice. If you have been the victim of a burglary, your chances of becoming a repeat offender as very high (something like 75% more if you had not previously been targeted) The reason being, they know how to get in and out and what you now have (or likely to have repl;aced from the insurance payout ) You also have to ask why did they choose me. Probably not because you gave them a challenge and they wanted to test their skills by overcoming your security. You were most likely picked out because you were either 1. provided them with an opportunity with little chance of being caught or 2. They knew exactly what you had to steal. Time is their enemy, slow them down and increase the risks of them being at least seen or give them the impression they can be seen.

Please, please make sure you have your security reviewed, doing nothing, thinking lightning won’t strike twice is not an option. If you beef up your security and increase the risks of them being caught they will take the easy option… going to the next guy with lax security. Your local police may provide a crime prevention survey for you free of charge. They will be able to see what you can’t and what the bad guys look for

Good luck

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#14 posted 05-22-2012 01:49 PM

^Nod to the kingfisher. After my robbery, I did a massive security upgrade to my house and shop. In the interest in helping others, I posted the new system and offered to help if anyone was considering a similar one. I got bashed unmercifully, told I was ridiculous, paranoid, and even that I was lying about my system.
So, if you’re interested in upgrading your security, shoot me a PM and I’ll tell you what I did. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 05-22-2012 02:45 PM

Sorry to hear that you got ripped off. May the thief die in searing pain with oozing pustules covering their body!

How many of us even have an “accurate” list of what we have invested in tools? Since we’re on a computer to be here I may suggest doing an Excell spread sheet with items by type/model number. Serial numbers may be good as well if they are present. Also a DVD with images of same with a closeup of manufacturers name and the name plate if there is one. Keep a printout of the spread sheet and copy of the DVD in a fire safe. If you have receipts for items scan them and put them into a file folder then copy that to a data storage DVD as well. All this information is beneficial should you have to file an insurance claim. As for the value that your policy will cover, better check. It’s like firearms. The most that will be covered I have heard is $2000 unless you have a “rider”. The cost of the firearms rider makes purchase of a fire lined gunsafe a “bargoon”. The cost of a kick ass security system might be the same case for a rider to cover tools.

-- OK, who's the wise guy that shrunk the plywood?

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