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What Is It Worth?


By: Anne Gilbert

As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, July 2009

Q. My mother bought this table 78 years ago. The legs are carved, full figures of soldiers. The tray lifts off making me think this is a tea table. A friend thought it was Egyptian. What can you tell me and what should

I insure it for? T.K. - Palm City, FL


A. Your tea table was made anywhere from the 1880s to around 1905. The figural carved Roman soldiers forming the legs indicate the Renaissance Revival, reproduction style. This type of heavily hand carved furniture is also referred to as “architectural” furniture. It was probably made by one of German carvers working for such Chicago furniture companies such as Colby who specialized in this one-of-a-kind style. It could be insured for a replacement value of around $1,200.


Q. I bought this chair 15 years ago at an estate sale. Do you know the age and value? D.M. - Mansfield, GA


A. Your “ladies reception” chair was made by the Wakefield Rattan Company around 1896-97. Founder Cyrus Wakefield later merged with the Heywood Brothers in 1898. Their pieces used rattan with wicker in many ornamental designs. Your chair could sell in a shop for $900 or more.


Q. This cork art came from China before WW 11. It is 18” x 30”. It was brought by my wife’s grandfather on a missionary trip to China in the 30s. What is it worth? J.R.P. -(?)


A. Your cork picture was made in South China probably around 1920. They were also made in Japan and continue to be reproduced. Yours could sell in a shop for $300.


Q. My uncle says this gift to my daughter is a toy washing machine. It has two metal paddles that move up and down when I turn the crank. It is 9” high and 15” around. What is it really and the value?

C.K. - Campbell, NE


A. From your photo you have what is called a “washer/pounder. It was made around 1900-1920s. The wash tub was filled with water and soap and the pounder was moved up and down to aid in cleaning. Because of the size this may be a Salesman’s sample. It is a rarity and washing machine collectors and dealers would probably pay several hundred dollars for it. They can be found on the Internet.


Q. What can you tell me about this small, porcelain candle holder lamp ? It is marked in green on the bottom “Hand-painted, Nippon” and there is an “N” inside a wreath?


A. Your Japanese candle holder lamp could have been made from 1900 to 1920s. It could sell in a shop for $125 or more.


Q. This rocker has a painting on the back and floral painted edges. How old is it and the value?


A. Your rocker was made from the late 19th century to 1900. Since I can’t personally examine the painting I can’t determine if it was hand done. However, because of The dates I suspect it was a factory done piece. It could sell in a shop for around $200.


Q. I purchased this slag glass lamp within a metal framework at an estate sale. No marks. It has three rods that move up and down around the bulb to adjust the height of the shade. It is 14 to 19” high depending on shade adjustment. Would you know the age, maker and value? C.J. - Arizona


A. This type of lamp was made by many manufacturers in the 1920s. In mint Condition it could have a shop value of around $400.

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