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What Is It Worth?

By: Anne Gilbert


As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, September 2008

Q. Can you give me any information on this vase marked “ e/c Company”, within

a wreath, and “Japan hand painted”?

E. K. - Bradenton, FL


A. The only information I could come up with is that the E/C Company made

porcelain vases, tea sets in the 1930s. Several dealers I spoke to thought it

could be priced between $125/175.


Q. I purchased this cherry drop leaf table at a garage sale. I had it refinished.

Underneath the restorers found “Boston, MA 1771” carved. It has square

peg nails and a “bowtie” patch. What is it worth? 

E.B.L. - Warsaw, MO


A. Your Sheraton, country style, drop leaf dining table could have been made from

1820-1840, despite the carved date. Similar, refinished tables have sold at

auction for $2,000 or more.


Q. My uncle brought this tea set back from Germany in the 1940s. On the bottom

It is marked within a wreath RS Telewitz. Palace china, Germany. Any idea of

Value ? V.G.- Leesburg, PA


A. Your tea set was made by the Reinhold Schlegelmilch works

in Tillowitz, Silesia, Germany. It could have been made any time

from 1904 to 1938. Your tea set could sell in a shop for $125.


Q. I have searched everywhere for pattern information on this Homer

Loughlin plate. It is marked on the back “Laughlin-semi-vitreous

China. American Beauty”. On the front is the portrait of an Indian


C.O. - Kansas City, MO


A. No wonder you couldn’t find any information. “American Beauty” is

not a pattern name, but refers to the name of the shape. Your dish is

a transfer print souvenir plate depicting “High Hawk” American

Indian chief. It could sell in a shop for $50 or less.


Q. Enclosed is a picture of a bed inherited from my mother. Is it worth

restoring or should I leave it as it is ? There is small damage on the

headboard. Also, can you give me some history, dates ?

C.W. - Royal Oaks, MI


A. Your late Victorian, mahogany bed is beautiful as is. It dates late

19th century and could sell in an antique shop for $2,000 or more.


Q. I would like to know about this 8 day wall clock. It is marked

“Sessions Clock Co., Forestville, Conn. U.S.A. T.D. - New Kensington, PA


A. Your school house clock was made around 1910. Similar examples

have sold in shops for around $200.


Q My mother bought this carved wood figure at an antique auction. It

appears to be Asian inspired and is 17 ˝” long, nose to tale. 17”

wide wing to wing. Head and feet are antelope, bird wings and tail

of a fish with human figure on top. I would like information on it.

G.S. - Grayslake, ILL


A. Your carving appears to be Indonesian and recently done. I traveled the

Internet and found many importers of carvings like yours. Prices varied

from one hundred dollars up.


Q. I would like to know the value and information of this Native American


F.B. - Mounds, OK


A. Since you didn’t give any information on size, condition or history I can

only tell you it is a Navajo Ganado design.

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