Antiques Auction Forum: Paul DeCoste on Aaron Willard Orrery & Ivory Scrimshaw

Martin visits veteran dealer Paul DeCoste in Massachusetts who specializes in antique marine & scientific instruments. They talk about Paul’s background, the people who shared knowledge with him and what the current market is like. Listen in to hear about a “best find,” an Aaron Willard Orrery. They later discuss rare ivory scrimshaw, fakes and the strict government enforcement on ivory “smuggling.”

Listen here: 

Paul DeCoste Interview

Martin Willis is a Worthologist and auctioneer who owns Martin Willis Appraisals & Downsizing . You can hear his podcasts at the at Antique and Auction Forum , featuring interviews with key players in the antiques and collectibles trade.


WorthPoint—Discover Your Hidden Wealth


  • arun kumar

    Dear sir,
    I am Arun Kumar from Uttar Pradesh (India) .The purpose of communication is that.My friend Mohammed Azam is Grandson of Hafiz munshi Abdul kareem.he have many unique data of Queen Victoria & Munshi Abdul kareem.
    In data he have——-
    1-Three photographs of Queen Victoria & Munshi Abdul kareem
    2-Photograph of Queen Victoria in her jubilee dress-1887
    3-Group photograph of royal family at the wedding at Coburg in 1894
    4-Photograph of Victoria’s dressing room ( Frogmorz Cottage )
    5- Photograph of sitting room of Queen Victoria at hotel Regina
    6-Group photograph of Munshi Abdul kareem’s family
    7- Photograph of Victoria & prince Consort (Windsor castle)
    8- Photograph of prince consort in great park Windsor
    9- Photograph of royal tea room of Queen Victoria
    10- Photograph of king of Belgium
    11-Photograph of Queen munshi’s bedroom in hotel Regina nice
    12- Photograph of H.I.H the grand duke Alexander of Russia
    13- Photograph of King Ajeet Singh
    14- Photograph of king of Italy
    15- Photograph of Queen of Netherlands
    16- Photograph of Slatin pasha
    17- Photograph of Queen Regent & young king of Spain-1889
    18- Photograph of Munshi’s house in Britannia
    19- Photograph of the late Shah of Persia
    20- Photograph of Dr.Wazeeruddin’Dr. Profet With munshi
    21- Photograph of Grand hotel Cimiel
    22- Photograph of Palaces of Queen Victoria
    23- Photograph of Queen Victoria’s ships
    24- Photograph of S.Nasrullah khan
    25- Photograph of hotel Victoria in London
    26- Photograph of ship-H.M yeaht the Victoria & prince Albert
    27- Photograph of Munshi in pose of loin hunt
    28- Photograph of ( Meddle ) order of Eastern star’
    Order of Red & Jubilee meddle and more Unique photographs.
    All photographs are in size of 4.4 to 12.12
    1-Khat-E-Ghulsar (this is the biggest antique letter-1819 to 1887
    2- Many secret documents in urdu & farsi
    3-Small Biography of Queen Victoria & other royal persons written by Munshi
    Abdul kareem
    4-true relationship of Queen Victoria & Munshi Abdul kareem
    5-Biography written between 1874 to 1897on 325 pages somethying

    NOTE:- Munshi Abdul kareem was just a teacher and personal secretary of Queen Victoria nothing else.
    Beside he having some letters witch is send to Munshi Abdul kareem written by Queen Victorea & other royal personalities
    All doucoments’photographs and letters are since-1874 to 1901

    Dear’ the purpose of this communication.
    He wants to sail this all things. if u have any clients who are interested in this. So please give me the acknowledgement.

    Thanks & Regard
    Mohd Asif
    Contact No. +91-9210398881

Ready to invest in WorthPoint? →

Securities offered through North Capital Private Securities, Member FINRA/SIPC