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Old 21st March 2007, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default A funny story from Timonium

While walking through the isles at Timonium I spotted a cute little dagger with a 5-6 inch blade. It was a simple yet elegant knife. I asked the seller to see it and he happily removed it from the glass case on his table. It had a tiny price sticker on it which I thought read $380 it turned out I was a bit off it was really $3800 . I asked the seller if he could give me some back ground on this little gem he had such as age or country of origin? His reply was "It's just a real nice dagger that's all I know" It really amazes me that are so many dealers out there who just haven't got a clue



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Old 21st March 2007, 07:42 PM   #2
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Least he was honest, some will just tell you a story.

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Old 22nd March 2007, 02:43 PM   #3
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$3800 for a "really nice dagger?" I do sometimes question the sanity of some of the sellers at Timonium (I guess the same standard would apply to other shows). There often seems to be a complete unhinging from reality.

On the other hand, maybe the guy just didn't want to sell it for some reason.
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But it was a really nice dagger.

You should have seen Lew's face when the guy said that. It was priceless!

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Old 22nd March 2007, 04:20 PM   #5
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But it was a really nice dagger.

You should have seen Lew's face when the guy said that. It was priceless!

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Yes it looked something like this

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I do sometimes question the sanity of some of the sellers at Timonium (I guess the same standard would apply to other shows). There often seems to be a complete unhinging from reality.

Yup! I have seen dealers swear that their pieces comand that price and then swear at me when I show them that what they have is not what they think.
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Old 24th March 2007, 06:04 PM   #7
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Sounds like a candidate for an unofficial 'P.T.Barnum' award, given to merchants who espouse the great man's trueism: "There's a sucker born every minute!"
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Old 24th March 2007, 06:38 PM   #8
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This is a common occurance at gun/arms shows in my experience.

There will be the occasional ethno weapon mixed in with a wide selection of militaria and such, but offered at an outrageous price because the seller is unfamiliar with it. Needless to say, I don't usually attempt to negotiate with, let alone educate, most of these sellers, as they are easily offended.
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