As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, November, 2004

Q.    This picture of the last supper is cloth in velvet or velour. No name on it. I need your help. I think it is over 60 years old.
P.J.M. - Cadogan, PA

A.    Your machine made tapestry was made in the early 20th century, probably around 1920, in Belgium. Mass produced with many popular subjects of the time depicted, they are now out of fashion, and sell in shops for around $100.

Q.    We would like to know the value of my mother’s bedroom set, to be shipped from Western Pennsylvania to Seattle, Washington. It was purchased around 1940 from a furniture store in Dubois, PA. No maker’s name.
J.W. - Lincolnshire, IL

A.    Your six-piece bedroom set in the Art Deco style, while very attractive, was mass produced. However, the use of the blue glass panels adds to the value. In a Modernism show it could be priced from $2,000 to $3,000. Compare that with shipping costs and make your decision.

Q.    This 9-inch tall, matt glazed vase is marked “Made in Belgium” . It has a glazed floral branch motif. Can you identify and evaluate it ?
D.K. –North Plainfield, NJ

A.    You ewer appears to have been made in the early 20th century. It could sell in a shop for $45.

Q.    This decorative wreath , made of human hair and wire is framed under glass. Can you give me any information and value ?
A.T. -Apollo, PA

A.    Hairwork (weaving))  was a popular craft in the mid 19th century. Human hair was made into wreaths, such as yours. Other hairwork items included jewelry, such as rings, lockets. Often it was made from hair of a deceased family member or friend. It should be in mint condition. Yours could sell in a shop for $400 or more.

Q.    This china cabinet belonged to my late grandmother. It has ornately carved trim.  I have no idea what kind of wood, or if it is worth anything.
S.B. -Mt. Prospect,IL

A.    From your photo you appear to have an American rococo revival-style\china cabinet, c. 1845-55. You should have a hands-on professional appraisal to check construction, wood, etc. Similar pieces have sold at auction for $2,000 or more.

Q.    I bought this candlestick, 19” high, at a yard sale. It has the original dark finish that appears to be dark, patinated bronze. However there are a couple of worn places that show a gold color metal. The base is made of two discs, of nine petals. The top is shaped like a broccoli floret. On the underside is stamped “Tiffany Studios New York” and the number 1331. Was it made by Tiffany ? What is the value?
E.L.W. - Staten Island, NY

A.    First, bronze, when scratched or worn will show gold. Your Art Nouveau  It is indeed made by artists at the Louis Tiffany studios in New York. In addition to glass they made objects in bronze, pottery, enamels and silver. Your candlestick could sell in a shop for $2,000 or more.

Q.    I recently bought 4 vases for $2 each at a warehouse dumping ground  that was a free-for-all of estate debris. They are ceramic and appear to be of Chinese origin. How can I get an idea of their value and origin?
K.P.F. - Kansas City, MO

A.    The cheapest way is to take them to the next big antique show and show them to a dealer specializing in Oriental objects. Or, spend whatever the dealer charges for a verbal appraisal.

Q.    This bench with a carved scene on the back also has a lid that lifts for storage. It belonged to my grandmother. Can you give me any information?
E.G. - Lower Burell, PA

A.    Your American made, hall bench dates to the end of the 19th century to 1910. It could have a shop price of $500 or more.


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