Articles At A Glance
What Is It Worth?
By: Anne Gilbert
As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, October 2008
Q. I would like some information on my grandmother's Roseville umbrella stand. The pattern is "Bleeding Heart". On the bottom is marked 977-18. What does that mean and what is the value?
E.S. - Richmond Hill, GA
A. Your umbrella stand was made in 1938. The number "977" is the style, 18 refers to the height. In good condition it could sell in a shop for $600 or more.
Q. We are in the process of cleaning out the house of an elderly aunt and would like to know dates and values of this matching settee, rocker and armchair.
K.G. - Savannah, GA
A. Your parlor set could sell in a shop for $500. It was made around 1905.
Q. Please evaluate this piece of furniture that is called a "Ta-Bed that opens from a Desk/table to a bed. The metal label underneath says it was made in Chicago.
J.F. - Orlando, FL
A. Your example of "patent furniture" was made around 1916. Between 1873 and 1917 furniture that had more than one use was popular and much was made in Chicago. Since it is still very desirable your desk/bed could sell at auction for $900 and up.
Q. Can you tell me what this teapot is worth? On the bottom it says "Hall".
P.L.H. - Weymouth, MA
A. Hall China Company teapots are popular with collectors, especially those like yours from the 1950s. Prices are highest for those in the most interesting shapes. Yours in the Aladdin shape and 50's chartreuse color could have a shop price of $175.
Q. This table was given to my mother about 40 years ago by an elderly lady. Can you tell me anything about it? As you can see it is heavily carved.
A. From your photo you have a Victorian, parlor table, Renaissance Revival style, c. 1875. The table appears to be in good condition with excellent carving and could have a shop value of $800 or more.
Q. My Conant Ball armchair is stamped on the bottom "716c and 17112" Can you tell me anything about it?
A. Conant Ball Company had a factory in Gardner, MA. and retailed at Macy's. Your blond wood armchair is in the Danish modern style, 1960s. It could sell at one of the Modernisms shows for $1,500.
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