Washstand bought for $80 is worth $375-$400 today

October 07, 1990|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Attached is a photo of a cherry washstand with a bird's-eye maple drawer front. It was purchased at an antique shop for $80 in 1964. How did I do?

A: You did better than high-yield bonds! This lovely little washstand was made in the mid-1800s and would probably cost $375 to $400 today.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of my tea set, which consists of a teapot, sugar and creamer. It is decorated with raised vines and leaves and has squirrel knobs on top. What can you tell me about its history? What is feldspar?

A: Your tea set was made by Minton China Co. in Stoke-on-Trent, England, between 1868 and 1883. A tea set like this would sell for about $175. Feldspar is a type of rock used in making china.

Q: My bronze-finish New Haven mantel clock has a Roman soldier holding a dagger in one hand and a shield in the other. On top of the clock is a bowl or urn. Please tell me when this was made and its current value.

A: Your description fits the "Carthage" model made about 1900. Dealers are now selling clocks like yours for $465 to $485.

Q: Can you authenticate a bronze inkwell marked "Tiffany Studios, New York"? It has a bronze pine needle pattern over iridescent glass with a matching hinged lid and a plain glass insert. It is 4 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches high.

A: I cannot authenticate it, but I can tell you that it was made in the early 1900s and would probably sell for at least $400 to $500 if it is genuine. An item must be visually inspected for a true authentication.

Q: I would like to know the value of a porcelain creamer and sugar bowl. It is a shell design with gold trim and marked on the bottom, "Chicago 1893 Exposition -- Coalport -- England."

A: Your creamer and sugar bowl were made by the Coalport porcelain factory to sell at the 1893 World's Fair at Chicago. The set would probably sell now for $150 to $175.

Send your questions about antiques with pic-ture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered but published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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