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Victorian Side Chair Serves as Family Treasure

Q: I inherited the upholstered chair seen in this photo from my parents years ago. It is in perfect condition and has the original finish. I would like to know who the maker was, it's vintage and value.

A: You have a factory-made Victorian balloon back side chair. The balloon-shaped back forms an unbroken continuous circle with a medallion in...Read more

Style Is a Melange of Earlier Designs

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique chair I purchased in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. The elaborately carved frame is walnut. When I cleaned it with Murphy Oil Soap, the color really came alive. It was originally upholstered with needlepoint and stuffed with horsehair.

Anything you can tell me about the vintage and value of my chair will be ...Read more

Porcelain Dinnerware Decorated With Violets

Q: This is a picture of one of the plates in a service-for-eight dinnerware set we purchased when we lived in California. Each piece is decorated with purple violets in the center and smaller violets on the scalloped borders against a white background, trimmed with silver. The dishes are marked on the back with a crown above a shield and the ...Read more

A Plethora of Porcelain Was Produced in Occupied Japan

Q: This is a photo of a pair of porcelain figurines that belonged to my grandmother. Each man is playing a musical instrument, and they all are wearing 18th-century clothes. The overall height of each is approximately 5 inches tall, including the base. They are hand-painted and in excellent condition. Marked on the bottom of each are the words...Read more

Monk Figure Made by Van de Meulebroucke

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a monk figure that was given to me many years ago. It is made of some type of brown, bronze-colored stone and is slightly heavy for a figure this size. The monk is seated and holding a book in his hands. It is on a platform about a quarter-inch high, and the overall height is almost 8 inches. Impressed into the ...Read more

Porcelain Vase Made in France

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a porcelain vase that I've had for years. It stands about 7 inches tall and is 6 inches in diameter. It is decorated with hand-painted, beige flowers, vines and green leaves against a cream-colored background. The top has a raised, gold pattern between two gold bands. "J - P - L - France" is written on the bottom ...Read more

Collector Is Curious About Carvings

Q: The piece of furniture in this photo is at least 78 years old. I remember it as a small child and have always found a place for it in my homes. It has no markings to indicate the manufacturer or retailer. It was originally stained brown, and I had it stripped and refinished. It is 23 inches high and 12 inches deep. Are the carvings machine-...Read more

Antique Desk Is Something to Write About

Q: The antique desk seen in this photo was handed down to my parents and then to me a long time ago. I am 95, and I have never been able to find any information on the style, era or manufacturer. The desk has carved pulls and decorative wood spirals along the front and straight legs. There are keyholes in each drawer as well as on the top. ...Read more

Vintage Canister Set Was Made in Germany

Q: I was given the ceramic canister set seen in this photo almost 30 years ago. All 12 pieces are decorated with a geometric, blue design against a white background. Each container is marked "Made in Germany." Despite the age of the set, it is in mint condition.

What can you tell me about its age and value?

A: Your canister set was made in ...Read more

Armoire Reflects Two Eras

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique armoire I purchased from an antiques dealer in Los Angeles in 1990. I was told it originally was from England and made in the late 1880s. It is oak, and it has five drawers behind the left door and a pole for hanging clothes in the center, which I now use for a TV. For transport, it breaks into five parts: ...Read more

Winged Creatures Support Bar Cabinet

Q: This is a photo of a bar cabinet I purchased in St. Augustine, Florida. When opened, there are two surfaces for mixing drinks and storage for alcohol bottles, also. Each side opens, revealing places for glassware. The inside of the top lid and outside of the closed cabinet lid have carved Asian scenes in relief. The feet represent winged ...Read more

Harvesting Autumn Wheat

Q: Enclosed is a picture of my large collection of kitchenware. The pattern is "Autumn Wheat," and the maker is Hall's China Co. I have enjoyed the set for many years now but am ready to sell it. Antique dealers have told me it is too large of a collection for them to purchase it.

If you have any suggestions on how to start this process, it ...Read more


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