It’s not exactly easy to get a vintage antique brass band in your life, but there’s a reason why they’re so important.
The original metal ring, which is usually about five to seven inches long, is a perfect gift for a loved one or a great reminder that you’re still alive.
In fact, some antique brass rings are worth as much as $1,000.
“It’s kind of an eye-catching piece,” said Jeff Gersh, a retired metalsmith and collector who has been selling antique brass for the past 25 years.
“But if you really look at it and look at the value it brings to your life.”
Gersl said he’s sold hundreds of antique brass bands, and the one he bought at the Antiques Roadshow last month in Atlanta is one of his favorites.
“I’ve seen them sold for anywhere from $500 to $1 [million],” he said.
The ring, made in the 1800s, has been used by the late singer Robert Johnson to pay his bills, and it is the only one in existence that’s still functioning.
Johnson passed away in January 2017 at the age of 90.
Gersch has sold the ring for more than $2 million, including about $800,000 worth of jewelry, according to an auction listing.
But it’s still worth something, he said, and so is the ring he recently bought for $1.5 million.
Gelsh said the ring had been sitting in his garage for years.
He had never seen it used before.
“That was probably the first time I’d seen it, and I thought it was a pretty nice ring,” he said in a phone interview.
The seller told Gersm his daughter had it on a table when she died, and he didn’t know it was in the garage.
He said it was just sitting there.
Galsh has since taken the ring out of the garage and has put it in storage.
“So far, it’s been very well cared for,” Gershl said.
“And it’s a very nice ring.”
He also has two more antique brass bars he bought in the last few months.
He’s selling them at the auction because they’re very rare and are worth about $200 each.
“My wife doesn’t really care what I buy anymore,” he added.
He and his wife bought them in 2010 and said they were “very much in love” with them.
“They were all antique pieces,” he explained.
“We just wanted to have something in our home that we’d be proud of.”
Galshl said his daughter and other family members have always bought rings, and they never really had the chance to see them go.
But now they have the opportunity.
“The time is right for us to have this item,” he continued.
“Because the jewelry has been sitting around for so long, it just doesn’t have much time left.”
Giesh said he also has other antique brass jewelry that he can sell.
“If you go through your closet, you’ll find a lot of these pieces,” Gelshl said, “and they’re really nice.”