My ongoing search for unique materials that might be used in my jewelry has me making occasional visits to local thrift stores.
Sometimes, I'm delightfully surprised when I find a bit of a treasure,
like this etching.
After bringing this signed, 1882 etching home, I realized it was by Frederick DeBourg Richards, an American artist, especially known for his landscape paintings of New York and Delaware.
Online valuations of his work are for his oil paintings, so I don't know how this etching might be valued,
but I'm pretty sure it would be more than the $2.50 that I paid.
A few weeks ago, I was at a nearby thrift store getting ready to pay for a small collection of religious and school medals when I noticed a large medallion.
The logical part of my brain said, "That's just too big and too heavy to use in any of your jewelry."
But the magpie in me said, "Ooooohh, pretty."
It wasn't until yesterday, when I was organizing the new purchases at my workbench, that I really studied the medallion and realized it was from 1851.
I was definitely intrigued.
A similar, but slightly damaged, medallion from 1856 is online with a suggested value of $750.
I still don't know what to do with it.