As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, August, 2005

Q. This cedar chest has been in my family. I believe my great-grandmother was the original owner. She was born in 1863. Can you tell the age, value and if my daughter should refinish it?
D.L.S.- Greenwood, PA (FOR LANCASTER)

A. Your cedar chest was made between 1910/ 1930. Similar examples sell in shops for $200 /300. Keeping the original finish is always best.

Q. This briarwood pipe, carved as American Indian head, was found in a thrift shop. The silver part on the stem is marked sterling. What is the value?
D.D. - Ocala, FL

A. Your pipe could sell for $50 or more in a shop.

Q. This bench was bought at a New York auction 40 years ago. I would like to know the value.
H.L. - Skokie, IL

A. Your Chinese settee was made in the early 20th century. It could sell at auction for as much as $700.

Q. This leaf-shape dish with raised design was used to serve cranberry jelly on Thanksgiving. Can you give it a value?
P.M. - Staten Island, NY

A. Your majolica dish was made in the late 19th century. It could sell in a shop for $100 /250

Q. I would like some information on this pair of glass lustres. Value and when and where they were made.
K.T. - Kittanning , PA

A. Your white overlay cut to ruby glass lustres were made in the 19th century, and can sell in a shop for over $2,000.

Q. I would like to know the value of my 5-legged, wormy chestnut, drop leaf table. There are three additional leaves measuring 12” x 42”.
L.P. - N. Kensington, PA

A. Your country, Sheraton-style, drop leaf dining table, with original finish Could sell in a shop ford $2,000/3,000.

Q. This tin box appears to be a bank with an open slot on top. On the bottom it is stamped “Blue Bird Confectionary. Harry Vincent Limited, Hunnington, Worcestershire, England. It is 4” x 6”. Does it have any value?”
D.A.S. -Natrona, PA

A. You have an English biscuit tin that probably contained a type of cookie. They are popular with collectors and yours could sell for $100/150 in a shop.

Q. I bought this (I refer to it as a spool chair) at an antique shop 47 years ago. At that time the owner was it was at least 80 years old. I would love to know more about it.
J. D. - Hingham, MA

 A. Your charming chair is most unusual. The top has hints of the late Sheraton style (early 19th century). The spool turnings mark it as 19th century Victorian, when it was made. Chairs of this type were made in Baltimore. It could sell in at shop these days for $500 or more.

Q. This photo is of a Wedgwood vase that is marked “Wedgwood.”. The background is grey-green with white, raised, dancing figures. What is the value and any information ?
M.B. - Rockland, MA

A. Since your vase is only marked “Wedgwood”, it was made late 19th century before 1891, when the word “England” was added. It is known as “Jasper”, a technique developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 18th century. Similar vases have sold in shops for $500/700.


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