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Lime green flattened octagonal bottle.

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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2018, 12:12:57 pm »

Congratulations. Itís beautiful!
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« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2018, 01:59:24 pm »

Congrats Pin! Stunning bottle  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2018, 05:16:24 pm »

Dear Pin,

    A great example. Congratulations.
So I had 2 friends from the Forum bidding on it.
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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2018, 07:40:08 pm »

Thanks

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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2018, 04:41:14 am »

Update on my shipping charges with Richard Woods Fine Arts.

I have been refunded $100 of the shipping charges so instead of being charged $50 for each lot I am being charged for just one package. It happened at the same time they dispatched the package so they clearly managed to get all 5 bottles, sold as 3 lots, in one smaller package. I had sent a message with my payment saying I couldn't believe they were charging so much for such small items and that they didn't combine postage.

While I could delete my initial post about this I thought it would be better to leave it as is.

Pin, lovely bottle.

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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2018, 04:46:54 am »

Adrian,
As Shakespeare once said, "All's well that ends well."

Hi Pin,
Congratulations! Superb bottle.

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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2018, 08:16:40 am »

Dear Tom,

    That's amazing! We have a saying in Hebrew, "Sof tov, hakol tov." It translates as,
"End good, all good".  I wonder when Shakespeare had time to learn Hebrew?  Roll Eyes Grin

    Of course, the Arabs say that his real name was not Shakespeare, but "Sheikh Zbir", and that the English stole his material and anglicised his name.

   They also claim that the Brits stole Big Ben from Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate to put in London! Their proof - The big German clock, its face a meter sq., which stood on Jaffa Gate from 1903, in honour of Abd alHamid II was removed by the British, in 1922.
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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2018, 10:29:12 am »

Adrian,

The bottle you posted is really beautiful. Well faceted to me and the color is just the right tone.

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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2018, 11:29:47 pm »

Hi Adrian,

I realize that I omitted to comment on your 'lime cordial' green bottle.

Glass bottles don't hold much appeal for me. But I have to admit that the colour is quite unusual, and the way it tapers slightly in side profile is very elegant.

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« Reply #29 on: March 23, 2018, 12:56:57 pm »

Adrian,

I truly feel your pain. The shipping cost + customs cost (this crap that Ebay forces you to pay for when most of the time sent standard mail you NEVER have to pay and I'm certain Ebay pockets) and in my case + USDtoCAD (or even worse GBPtoCAD  Lips sealed ) = definitely a killer of the excitement of finding a nice bottle for cheap. Then if you buy online at an auction house throw 20-40% buyers premium on that your $100 treasure turns into a $1000 headache. Lets just hope they wrap them perfectly and customs doesn't rip them open and break your ivory spoons  Angry (true story).

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« Reply #30 on: March 23, 2018, 03:18:12 pm »

Dear Daniel,
 
     Mark on the declaration, 'bone spoons', and it should get through. Or get the new bamboo spoons, which have no aggro.
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« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2018, 06:27:22 pm »

Joey,

Unfortunately, I wasn't writing the declaration but now I tell all the sellers I buy from "PLEASE write 'bottle' or 'antique bottle' on the customs declaration" as I think "SNUFF bottle" triggers some investigation (it is related to tobacco after all) and ever since I started that all my bottles have arrived undisturbed. A little superglue fixed up my spoons nicely though as it was a clean break. Just an annoyance.

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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2018, 03:25:07 am »

Count your blessings, Daniel.
One of the Forum members bought an extremely expensive [100K euros!] SB in France, and anything over 50K euros [sorry, 60K was a typo] needs an export licence, which can take up to 3 months.
It got dropped and smashed, and took him months to get his money back.
Have them write "small empty gift bottle". It also works.
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« Reply #33 on: March 25, 2018, 11:45:17 pm »

Daniel,

You and Joey are both right - the description on the declaration form should emphasize the key words 'small/miniature bottle', 'empty', and 'gift'.

Avoid using the words 'snuff' and 'antique'....!

Unfortunately, this doesn't work if the auction house handles the shipping. They are obliged to declare the total value, including hammer price, buyer's premium, shipping AND insurance. Consequently, you can get hit with a hefty import duty, as customs base it on this TOTAL figure.

Whenever possible use an independent shipper who can comply with your requests to revise the description.

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« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2018, 02:56:27 pm »

Joey,

Definitely counting my blessings after hearing that story! What a shame. Spoons are replaceable.. 100k bottles are not.. that makes my heart ache!

Tom,

The reason I include 'antique' is because a lot of countries don't put import duties antique items (Canada included) or they have their own duty laws regarding antiques. In Canada though, importing antique items are duty free as their trade do not pose competition to the Canadian economy. Yes, I am very reluctant to import from auction houses because of all the hidden fees, you probably could have found a similar item from a local dealer for the same price after adding it all up! I wish we had more local antique auctions in Vancouver. So far only one decent one but all these Asian antiques are mostly modern knock-offs, rarely any snuff bottles, let alone genuine/old/good condition ones  Undecided.

~Daniel
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