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
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
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
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
Q: This is a photo of an antique milk glass double egg cup. It stands about 4 inches tall, has a basket weave pattern and is in mint condition. On the inside of the small part are the words "Pat'd June 30th, 1874." When I hold the cup to the light, I can see a red-orange flame quality to the glass.
I have had it for over 50 years and would like...Read more
Q: This is a photo of an antique gold coin that I have. It is mounted in an 18-karat gold bezel and has a 16-inch, 14-karat gold rope chain. On one side there is the image of the American eagle with the words "United States of America -- In God We Trust -- 2 1/2 Dollars - E Pluribus Unum." On the other side is the profile of a Native American in...Read more
Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique rocker that has been handed down in our family. It belonged to our great-grandmother. She passed away in the late 1930s, so it must be close to 100 years old. It is oak, and it has the original leather seat and decorative carving on the back.
Our rocker is a family treasure. We always refer to it as "...Read more
Q: This is a photo of a small milk-glass candy dish that was given to me in 1959. Although the dish is milk glass, the ruffled edge is clear glass. It is over 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height, and it is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's name on it, but I think originally there was a Fenton Glass Co. label. I am ...Read more
Q: I have enclosed a photo of a red cedar hope chest that belonged to my paternal grandmother. She was born in 1893 and died in 1977. She lived most of her life in Osceola, Nebraska. On the bottom of the chest, there is a seal with the words "Roos Mfg., Co. 967 W. 20th St. Chicago." There are copper brackets on the lid, and the overall condition...Read more
Q: This is a photo of an antique oak cabinet that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother. There are four adjustable shelves on each side and behind glass doors. The approximate dimensions are 60 inches tall, 17 inches deep and 50 inches wide. Other than being refinished, it is in excellent condition.
Do you think it has any value?
Q: We have enclosed a photo of a mahogany wood chair that is decorated with unique carvings. We believe it is the face of the North Wind, and it has never been refinished. It originally belonged to our father-in-law's grandmother.
We have been wondering if it has any value.
A: Your side chair was made circa 1900. Wood chairs like yours were ...Read more
Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain teapot and a pair of matching cups and saucers. They are decorated with pink flowers, birds and figures against a white background. I inherited them from my grandmother at least 40 years ago, but I know nothing about their history, vintage or value.
Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated.
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Q: This is a photo of an antique key-wind brass clock that has been in my family for several generations. It stands at about 10 inches tall, has beveled glass on all four sides and both the front and back can be opened. The face is porcelain and is marked with the letter "A" in a square and has Roman numerals. On the lower portion of the face ...Read more