We acquire many U.S. Military Ashtrays that come with no historical information whatsoever. We also acquire many artifacts that come directly from servicemen or their families, and with it is shared the artifacts entire history of exactly who, when and where it was manufactured and used. We take this shared historical information and enter it into our data base for later comparisons to unidentified artifacts. Additionally, we have other ways to rediscover the lost history of a U.S. Military Ashtray. For example, we use high tech methods such as "metallurgy analysis" to document an artifacts metal composition. We can also make a physical comparison of an artifact’s markings, style, weight, dimensions and other characteristics it may have to our vast collection of over 2,000 examples to create an accurate Historical Report.
To perform an appraisal on a U.S. Militray Ashtray, first a Historical Report must be completed to identify all possible facts about the artifact. Our Historical Report can possibly identify many factors that can greatly affect an appraisal valuation, such as; the era when the artifact was manufactured and used, the Commander who used it, what Command he held when he used it, was the artifact on an historic vessel or at a significant historical event, its condition, its aesthetic beauty and finally its level of provenance. An appraisal valuation is derived by considering all of the factors documented in our Historical Report, and then that information is measured against our library of values realized for similar artifacts from national auctions houses, private acquisitions that we were involved in as well as our own acquisitions.