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Antique or Junque: Bellflowers Inspired by Baltimore Cabinetmakers

Q: This is a photo of an antique chest that I inherited from my parents. It is 41 inches tall, 42 inches wide and 20 inches deep. It is made of cherry. It has inlay on the drawers and floral inlay on the columns. The chest is in very good condition and has the original finish. I'm not sure if the pulls are original.

I hope you can provide ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Cameo Classics Chronicle Cruel Prison Life

Q: This is a photo of the cover of a Cameo Classics hardcover book that I have. On the cover is the title: "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde. In the center of the cover is an ivory cameo of a man. It was published by Grosset and Dunlap in New York.

It was given to me by a friend, and I would like to know more about its age, origin and...Read more

Antique or Junque: Nineteenth-Century DIY Child's Chair

Q: This is a photo of an antique child's chair. It stands about 18 inches tall, and the seat is 11 inches by 11 inches. I think the thick seat is oak. The frame and spindles are some type of hard wood. I was told that the frame, legs and spindles were sold by traveling salesmen in rural areas. All the buyer had to do was provide the wood plank ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Sheraton Table Has Faux Bamboo Legs

Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique table that has been passed down in our family for generations. It is walnut. It has one drawer and legs that have raised circles at regular intervals. It stands about 24 inches tall and 34 inches wide. The finish is the original and in excellent condition. The table was in the home my father grew up in in...Read more

Antique or Junque: Brittany Girls Series Inspired by British Countryside

Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique porcelain pitcher. It is decorated with a scene of a young woman holding a basket. She is wearing a long dress and a head scarf. Above her is a country scene against a blue band. The pitcher is about 6 inches tall and is in excellent condition. On the bottom of the pitcher are the words "Royal Bayreuth, ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Shakespeare As You Like It

Q: This is a photo of a small leather-bound book titled "The Globe Edition: The Works of William Shakespeare." The book is about 7 inches high with gilt lettering on the spine, gilt on the edges of all the pages, 1,075 pages and text arranged in double columns. The spine has 7 raised bands. The title is in the second band. The rest have a gold ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Peacock Vase Is Puzzling

Q: Attached is a photo of a strange and wonderful vase that I purchased at an antiques store a while ago. I sent the piece to my sister, who has a small antiques shop and she had never seen anything it. She then took it to a reputable antiques dealer that she knew. The dealer had been in the antiques business for many years, and she was also ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Oak Bookshelf Has No Maker's Mark

Q: This is a photo of a small antique oak bookshelf. The two shelves are open, and the top shelf is slanted. It stands about 27 inches tall, 24 inches wide and 10 inches deep and is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's mark. My husband bought at an antiques shop 30 years ago for his home office. We are moving to a retirement ...Read more


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