As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, July, 2005
Q. Can you suggest an insurance “ballpark” value for a
bench with a Brown Shoe Co., decal showing Buster Brown
and his dog ? It is five feet long and fragile. I found it in a turn-of-the-century
in Angleton, Texas.
A. Your child’s bench is a piece of advertising memorabilia. I was unable to find any prices or listing for this exact object. However other Buster Brown items, ie. a hobby horse, have sold at auction for $500 to 1,750. For insurance purposes I would suggest a figure in between.
Q. I have been trying to find information on my
blown, pitcher and six glasses. I believe it could have
been a wedding
1916 . The pitcher and six glasses have a thumb print
design and white,
and coral enamel flowers and leaves painted on all
P.B.- Kansas City, KS
A. Your late 19th/early 20th century lemonade set could sell in a shop for $250 or more.
Q. What could this altar be worth ? The figures of Mary
and Jesus, just
from the cross are painted and with a carved and
painted grotto-niche. trimmed in gilt. Under the statue is a
communion set, the
crucifix is nickel-plated. The entire altar is oak and
has a pair of brass
candelabra. It was purchased in 1909 for $600.
T.F. - Ford City, PA
A. Similar altars sell for $900 to $1,200.
Q This vase was a wedding gift from a friend in China.
He indicated that
“very old”. It is 14” high with raised flowers. The
bottom has words
engraved in Chinese letters. Do you have any thoughts
about the value of
the vase ?
B.S. - Wilmette, Ill
A. Your friend is right. I have identified the Chinese marks as dating to the Quing dynasty. Qianlong- 1736-1795. However the scalloped rim bothers me. Haven’t seen any antique Chinese vases with such a rim. I suggest you contact Christies Asian ceramics specialist for an estimated value. Send picture of vase and marks to Christie’s Auction Estimates Service, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY, 10020.
Q. I am interested in knowing something about this
flowered porcelain bowl
and its’ six smaller ones. It is marked “hand painted (M)Nippon.
R.B. - Glenview, IL
A. Nippon china was made in Japan from 1891 to around 1921. There are many patterns and marks. Your nut bowl set was made in the early 20th century. Those with an attractive pattern, such as yours, can sell in a shop for $200.
Q. This planter came from the Atlantic Terracotta Co. It
has been in my
family for years. Can you price it ?
J.L. - Staten Island, NY
A. The New York Atlantic Terracotta Co. was founded on Staten Island around the turn-of-the-19th century. Your urn appears to be quite large. This type of antique garden ornament is currently much in demand , especially with its connection to Staten Island history. It could sell for over $1,000 to a dealer specializing in antique garden accessories. Ask around.
Q. This sculpture of a woman and a bird came from my
house. The seated woman appears to be made from brass
with hands and
face of ivory. Bird brass. It is marked “Menneville” on
the dress and
on the marble base. What do you know about it ?
T.D.M.- Pittsburgh, PA
A. It took a bit of doing but I finally tracked down your French sculptor, known only as E.Menneville. He worked in the 1920s in the Art Deco style. The most recent pricing came from Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, CA. The piece, similar to yours sold for $1,900. However, at could sell for more than that to a collector of Art Deco sculpture. The hands and face are ivory.
Q. I have an 8-piece china tea set made in England. On
the back it
reads, “To Her
Majesty The Queen Mfg. of ceramic tablewear Johnson
Ltd. Stoke-On-Trent England Coaching Scenes. Made in
On the right side it says, “To H.M. Queen Elizabeth. The
Queen Mother. Mfg.
of Ceramic Tablewear. “ Is it worth anything ?
J.H. - Natona Hts., PA
A. Johnson Brothers , a Staffordshire pottery, opened in the 19th century in England. Among the many patterns made was coaching scenes. Your set was made in the 1960s, 70s. It could sell in a shop for $200.
Q. Can you tell me if these pieces from my mother’s
vanity set have
any value ? It has blue rhinestone trim and is a green
R.S. - Libertville, IL
A. Your partial vanity set from the 1920s, 30s, could sell in a shop for $50 to $80.
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