I have what we have always been told is a doorknob from the Nuremberg Courthouse. It belonged to my son's ex-girlfriend. We were told her grandfather, who was a US soldier during WWII, brought it back from Germany. Apparently there was a lot of 'raiding' & that is how he obtained it. I have an offer from a man who deals with Sotheby's & Christy's auction houses. I am totally in the dark as to the value of the artifact & if it is a fair offer. Also, I am having a difficult time finding any info on the grandfather- I do not have his name; only his children & grandchildren's names. We have lost touch with the ex-girlfriend.
Can anyone help with either an appraisal or advice on how to determine the value or how to find the name of the grandfather?
Is it true that a backstory gives an item more value (this is what the dealer said)?? What about yard sale finds, etc?? Are they of lessor value, due to no backstory?
The doorknob is very heavy metal. The dimensions are approximately 5 1/2 inches in diameter (the top/main part); the bottom/base is 2 1/2 inches in diameter & the grooved/hole is 3/8 inch in diameter.
Thank you in advance for any info or advice you can give me.