Q: I would like to know the value and vintage of chairs in the enclosed picture. I have had these for over 35 years; they are walnut with burl walnut trim. I have just restored them. The seat is recaned in one, and the other seat will be recaned. The chairs have 80 holes for caning.
A: Your chairs were made in the late 1800s. When you have them completely restored they should sell for $175 to $200 each.
Q: I have a beautiful antique vase. It is old-fashioned in style and is 10 inches tall. It depicts a man and a woman in a garden setting. The attached mark is on the bottom of the vase.
I would appreciate any information you can provide as to maker, age and value.
A: Your vase was made about 1900. This mark was used by the New York Rudolstadt pottery factory, which was once owned by Lewis Strauss and Sons in New York. It would be correct to call your vase "Royal Rudolstadt." A dealer would price this around $275 to $300.
Q: I have six small wedge-shaped green glass containers, each with a small spoon. On the bottom of each wedge is a star-burst pattern cut into the glass.
I have an idea the containers held salt, and the small spoons were used to sprinkle salt over the food.
Do they have any value and when were they in vogue?
A: Salt dips with little spoons were very popular around 1900.They were made by several companies. Your set probably would sell for $25 to $35.
Q: I have a 45-piece service-for-eight dinnerware set. I don't have a picture of the mark on the backs of the china, so I will describe it to you. The mark is a black knight on horseback. I would like to know when it was made and what it might sell for.
A: A 45-piece service with no pieces missing -- eight cups, eight saucers, eight plates, etc., and in good condition would be worth $375 to $400.
Your china was made by the C.M. Hutschentreuther Porcelain Factory
in Hohenberg, Germany. The mark you describe was used from 1925 to 1941.
Q: Is "Autumn Leaf" china the same as "Tea Leaf" china? Is there any difference in the value? Were they both made by the same company?
A: They are different. "Autumn Leaf" was first made by Hall China in 1933 to be distributed as premiums by Jewell Tea Co. A cup and saucer made by Hall sells for about $10 to $15.
"Tea Leaf" was first made more than 100 years ago and is still being made. It was made by more than 30 companies. A cup and saucer made by Meakin China during the mid-19th century sells for around $65 to $75.
Q: My father-in-law owns a pocket watch. This watch is an Elgin, number 7307219 and is in a Keystone watchcase.
Can you tell me the approximate value of this watch?
A: This Elgin gold-filled pocket watch was made in the late 1890s. It should sell for $125 to $135 in good condition.
Book review: "Godden's Guide to English Porcelain" by Geoffery Godden, published by Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co., Radnor, Pa. 19089, $39.95 plus $2.50 postage, or at your local bookstore.
This book is the leading authority on the subject. It is lavishly illustrated in both black and white and vivid colors. It provides identification of marks, patterns, limited editions, seconds and unique pieces.
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