Q: Enclosed is a picture of a mahogany marble-top table. The legs have some carving on them. I believe it is at least 100 years old. I would appreciate any information and approximate evaluation.
A: This is an early Victorian marble-top table made between 1850 and 1860. It would probably sell for $700 to $800 in good condition.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a covered porcelain box that measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches. It is decorated with pink and white flowers around the upper p6,10l section and has a gold border on the lid. What can you tell me about the vintage and value?
A: The Royal Bayreuth porcelain factory was founded in Tettau, Bavaria, in 1794. Your box was made between World War I and World War II. It would probably sell for $75 to $85.
Q: I saw some castor sets at a recent antique show, and I found them quite interesting. Can you tell me something about castor sets and their history? I would also like to know some typical prices.
A: A castor set consists of two or more condiment (vinegar, oil, etc.) bottles or shakers in a metal frame. This frame is usually silver-plated. They were first used about 200 years ago, but most of those on the market today were made between 1870 and 1915. Here are some prices:
Three bottles, amber glass, silver-plated frame: $125.
Seven cut-glass bottles, sterling silver frame: $1,250.