by Roy Moffett
(Alta Loma CA USA)
My name is Roy Moffett. Our family lived in Vientiane Laos from 1957 through 1960. From 1960 to 1962, my mom and my 2 sisters and I lived in Bangkok while my dad stayed in Luang Prabang.
From 1962 to 1965, we lived in Pakse. During our sojourn, we acquired many Laotian memorabilia. In particular, for starters, I have an Asian Rain Drum similar to the ones you have displayed.
It is approximately 18 inches high and 25 inches in diameter. It has four sets of 3 stacked frogs on the top and four sets of three elephants on the side. I would estimate that it is at least 50 years old since we got it in the 60’s, but it may be much older. I’m wondering if you might know how to more accurately date it.
Also, I’m wondering if you might give me an estimate of value. I’ve seen prices from $1,000 to $1,200 and then one price of $6,000. I’m thinking of selling it and I’m hoping its a real antique.
ps: We loved Thailand when we lived there in the 60’s. Most recently, we visited again in 2006. Spent time in Chiang Mai, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Pakse, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
ps2: I can send pictures if that will help.