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What Is It Worth?


By: Anne Gilbert


As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, January 2009

Q. I am interested in purchasing this glass flask with this charming painting on it. It is being sold at auction as a “Stiegel”, early American glass flask. I know There are many look-alike Stiegel pieces. It is reasonably priced. Should I buy it? B. R. - Canada

A. Your enamel decorated flask is one of hundreds still being made and sold as “Stiegel type.” Those with pewter tops such as yours sell for around $50 to $100. Henry William Stiegel, a German immigrant, opened his first glass factory in America in 1763 that lasted till 1774. Similar glassware was being made in Europe at that time.

Q. I purchased this table lamp recently and would like to know if it is Murano glass. It is heavy pink glass with gold bubbles and flecking. What is the value? No marks. V. K. - Kansas City, KS

A. From your photo you have an American lamp made in the 1940s, 50s. It could sell in a shop for $100 or more.

Q. My grandmother gave me this hall table with a matching, etched mirror. The top is pink marble that was damaged during a move. Can you give me information and the value? T. T. - Glenview, IL

A. In perfect condition this Renaissance revival(19th century) hall stand could have a shop price of $4,000 or more.

Q. This chair (one of a pair) belonged to my grandmother. My research has not turned up any as heavily carved and with needlepoint seats such as these. Can you help me with age and value. They seem to be referred to as “Rococo”. M.S. - Tampa Bay, FL

A. Your side chairs are in the Rococo Revival style, c. 1850s. The needle point seats were probably added later. The beautiful carving puts them in the $600 each value.

Q. Many years ago I purchased a small photo album with tin types of Afro-American Subjects. How can I find their value to sell them? J.P. - Lexington, MO

A. Send information and photo copies to James D. Julia Auctions, 203 Route 201, Fairfield, ME 04937. Price estimates can range from $200 up a piece.

Q. This antique has been in my family for over 75 years. We always called it a “telephone table” as our phone set on top of it. Any idea of age and value? G. E. - Spring Grove, IL

A. From your photo the cabinet is in the Renaissance revival style and the bottom is Federal style, leading me to believe the piece was made in the 1920s when styles were combined. It could have been used as a phone Cabinet/table. A shop price could be $300 or more.

Q. Can you give me some information on this Carnation milk glass container? G. T. -Dade City, FL

A. Your milk glass Carnation/malted milk advertising container with the spun aluminum top , made in the 1940s/50s has a shop price of $250.

Q. I have a dinner service for eight marked “Kenmark China,, real China” plus serving pieces. I would like to know the value and where to sell them. C. H. - Sarver, PA

A. I found many examples and patterns on the Ebay. Check it out for pricing ideas.

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