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Well, I did finally get an e-mail from Treasure Trove Inc. that Michael Stadther has decided to award all jewels by August 1st, 2007. Some of the jewels had already been handed out here and there so it was kind of a let-down that I wouldn't get to meet Mike again and that Snail would be shipped. As it happened, I had not one, but two family reunions to attend so I begged that it be shipped before I left the state so I could show it off to all my friends and family. Sure enough, one day I come into work and there is a box in my inbox from Connecticut.
I sneak it off to my office and open it up, unpack the inner box, unpack the inner, inner box, and finally unpack the snail. It was the first time I got to hold it and looked it over and shone my laser through the diamonds and generally played with it. I then took it upstairs to show my co-workers and finally took half a day off so I can take it to show Evan and the rest of the family.
It got showed around quite a bit and then it traveled to Michigan with me to the family reunions. It only was stolen a few times.
Upon our return I took it to Grunwald and Kiger Fine Jewelers for a proper appraisal. I did receive, in a seperate envelope, the Treasure's Trove appraisal which was done by Donald A. Palmieri which basically was what was printed in the Treasure's Trove book and listed it's worth at $12,000.00. The Grunwald-Kiger appraisal was much more down to Earth at $4,950.00 which, as it was pointed out, was just the worth of the metals and gems. In other words, it would take that much gold and diamonds to put it back together.
So that's pretty much it, the adventure is finally over after 2 years. I hate to break it to you, but there are no "mates" or more tokens to be found. Evan and I haven't decided what to do with it yet, but a little auction isn't out of the question. We're just thinking about it for now but if anyone wants to make an offer, you know how to get a hold of me!
So, here are some close-up pics from various angles and I may post some more pics later.
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