Early Victorian love seat might fetch $1,000 to $1,200 in good condition


November 24, 1991|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a love seat that was given to me. Can you provide some information about its age and value?

A: You have a very fine example of an early Victorian love seat made in the third quarter of the 19th century. It would probably sell for $1,000 to $1,200 in good condition.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a brown pitcher decorated with clusters of grapes and leaves. It is 12 inches high and has a twig handle. Can you tell me anything about its origin and value?

A: This mark was used by Job Meigh & Son in Hanley, England, between 1805 and 1834. "Vintage" is the name of the pattern. It would probably sell for $325 to $335.

Q: Please evaluate my Wallace Nutting print, copyright 1909. It measures 12 inches by 15 inches and depicts a rural scene. The title is "An Eventful Journey."

A: The value of this hand-colored photograph in good condition and unframed would be at least $400.

Q: We have a railroad lantern with a clear glass globe marked "The Northwestern Line." The tin frame is marked "Adlake Reliable." What can you tell me about this find?

A: Your lantern was made by the Adlake Co. in Chicago for the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad. It dates back to the turn of the century and might sell for $225 to $235.

Q: We have found a very unusual silver napkin ring. It is mounted on wheels and is being pulled by a goat. The mark is "Meriden Britannia Co." Please tell me everything you can about this.

A: This silver-plated novelty was made in Meriden, Conn., during the late 1800s. Figural napkin rings are extremely popular with collectors. Some similar to yours have sold for up to $300.

Q: Somebody told me that anything marked "Made in Occupied Japan" is collectible. I have a tea set consisting of teapot, creamer, sugar bowl and six cups and saucers. It is decorated with flowers. Is this worth anything?

A: Items marked "Made in Occupied Japan" were made between 1945 and 1952 and have become very popular with collectors. Your tea set would sell in the $100 to $125 range in good condition and no pieces missing.

Send your questions about antiques with picture(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; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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