As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, July, 2006

Q. I bought this art at a rummage sale and invested in conservation and framing. They are in the style of Ivan Bilibin a Russian illustrator of fairy tales. Would it be worth having it appraised?
L.C. -Evanston, IL

A. I assume what you have is an unsigned print. Charming as it is , even if it was by Bilibin the retail value would only be around $60/75. A signed painting by the artist could sell for several thousand dollars, since he represents the Golden age of Russian illustration.

Q. I found this old thing in my late grandmother’s chest. It is a picture on cloth of a baby in a wash bowl. It is marked “Copyright 1804. JCH MAHN LITH CO. Polk Bldg. N.Y.” Has it any value as an antique?
W.R.P.- Bound Brook, NJ

A. Are you sure the copyright date isn’t 1894? This type of color lithography wasn’t popular and used for advertising till the late 19th century. It would be of Interest to a collector of advertising antiques. A shop could sell it for several hundred dollars.

Q. I have been unable to find much information about this porcelain plate except It is marked “Made in China” and the pattern is known as “a thousand faces.” Appreciate any information.
H.A.N.- Botler, PA

A. The pattern known sometimes as “Scholars or poets 1000 faces” was not only made in China but by such Japanese manufacturers as Kutani and Noritake. Your Chinese plate was made for export in the 1930s. Shop prices vary from $50 up.

Q. This chair has been in our family for over 70 years. Would like to know age and Value. It has a carved head on the top.
R.J.W. - Jacksonville, FL

A. Your “face chair” was popular at the end of the 19th century. Many types were made. Yours could sell in a shop for $300 or more.

Q. What value would you place on this ceramic cookie jar/bank marked “Smiley, 60, Shawnee, USA? There are chips on the rim on the inside and a hairline crack.
P.D. -Ford City, PA

A. In good condition your “Smiley Pig” would have a shop value of over $550. It might be a good idea to have it professionally restored.

Q. This pitcher with an attached goblet and stand is marked “Barbour Silver Co., Quadruple and 54. The goblet has broken off and not attached to the stand. The pitcher is heavily engraved on the spout and holder. Can you identify and evaluate it?
P.J. -Kansas City, MO

A. The Barbour Silver Co., Hartford, Connecticut opened in 1892. Your ice water pitcher with repousse’ type engraving was made between then and 1898. It could sell in a shop for $300 or more.

Q. I would like to know if these cups and saucers, with gilt interiors and Gilt and floral trim on the exterior have any value. My aunt gave them to my mother and I know they are at least 100 years old since I am 80. They have a blue crown mark and the word “Meissen” on the saucers and a bee hive mark on the bottom of the cups. Any value?
M.O.-Tarentum, PA

A. The bee hive mark denotes the Royal Porcelain Manufactory of Vienna 1864. The proper marks for Meissen are the familiar crossed swords. My thinking is that Meissen is the name of the pattern. Many other firms used the bee hive mark. Your cups and saucers probably date late 19th century and could sell in a shop for around $250 each. Have an expert do a hands on examination.

Q. Can you tell me anything about these 2 hanging candlestick holder of iron? I received them from my husband’s grandparents who are of Irish and Swedish/Danish descent. There are no markings.
L.J. -Deerfield, IL

A. From your photo the figures appear to be wearing Scandinavian costumes. The candlesticks are probably early 19th century and the pair could sell in a shop for $150 or more.

Q. Can you give me any information about this pressed tin decoy? It has wrinkles on the sides imitating wings and tail feathers and favors a mallard.
R.S.-Utica, MO

A. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries tin decoys were made by small manufacturers such as the Mason and Dodge decoy factories in Detroit and the C.W. Stevens Factory in Weedsport, NY. Stamped tin examples vary widely in price depending on condition. At recent auctions they have sold from $300 to over $800.

Q. This desk and chair belonged to my great aunt who lived in New York City in the early 1900s. The inlaid decorations on each are of light wood and mother of pearl. I would like to know origin, date and value.
L.M. - Evanston, IL

A. From your photo the furniture was made around 1912-1920, American. look for a maker’s name stamped inside a drawer. The set could sell in a shop for $500 or more.

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