Q: This picture shows a hand-carved walnut armchair with a tufted back. I am sure that it is well over 100 years old. Can you determine the vintage and estimate its current value?
A: This dates back to the early Victorian French Revival of the third quarter of the 19th century. It would probably sell for $600 to $700 in good condition.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a large Wedgwood platter. It is decorated with a rural scene depicting cows, a stream and trees. I would like to know when it was made and
what it would sell for.
A: This mark was used by Podmore, Walker & Co. in Tunstall, England, in the late 1800s. It should not be confused with the products of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons. Your platter would probably sell for $125 to $135.
Q: I have a beautiful hand-painted portrait plate. It is 10 inches in diameter and is marked "Victoria, Austria." Can you tell me anything about the origin and value of my plate?
A: Your plate was made by the Victoria porcelain factory in Carlsbad, Austria, between 1900 and 1915. This part of Austria became part of Czechoslovakia in 1918.
Plates like this sell in the $75-$100 range.
Q: I have my grandfather's shaving mug. It has a picture of a man's boot on it and the initials "S.R.P." In a ring around the boot, it says "Shoes Repaired While You Wait." On the bottom, it is marked "T&V." I would like to know if this has any value and if it is a collectible.
A: Yes, this is collectible. It would be classified as an occupational shaving mug. It was made in Limoges, France, by Tressemanes & Vogt in the early 1900s. It probably would sell for $265 to $285.
Q: I have an antique cast-iron mechanical bank depicting Jonah and the Whale. A friend of mine thinks it is very valuable. Can you shed any light on the subject?
A: There were several versions of the Jonah and the Whale banks made at various times in the late 19th century. They usually sell in the $1,000-$3,000 range; I can't be more specific without a picture.