Antique pump organ worth up to $1,500


September 20, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I have a walnut Mason and Hamlin parlor pump organ. I has 12 gold medallions impressed with "Paris, 1876," "Sweden, 1878," "Philadelphia, 1878," etc. Stamped in gold inside the music rack is "Style 269" and "No. 106897."

It plays perfectly, and no restoration of any kind has been done on it.

Any history and value will be greatly appreciated.

A: Your pump organ was made in the late 1800s. The gold medallions represent prizes that were awarded to the company, not to this particular organ. It should sell in the $1,200 to $1,500 price range. However, there is a very limited market for antique pump organs.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a hand-painted jardiniere. It is 5 inches high and 9 inches in diameter. It has yellow roses, purple flowers, green leaves and four floral feet.

Would you please tell me who made it and what it is worth?

A: This jardiniere was made by Martial Raynaud in Limoges, France, for Tressemanes & Vogt in New York in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for around $165 to $185.

Q: I have an old Ives train. It is an electric model engine with three coaches and observation car. The number on the box it came in is No. 237.

What do these go for now?

A: The Ives Co. was founded in 1868 by Edward Ives in Bridgeport, Conn. He began manufacturing electric train sets in 1910.

Your train set was made in the 1920s.

I find No. 237 listed in "Antique Price Guides" for $200 to $300.

Q: I have an 8-inch Dresden figurine of a girl with a lamb at her feet. The following mark is on it: a crown over the monogram "RK" and under that "Dresden."

What is the age and value of this figurine?

A: The mark on your figurine was used by the Richard Klemm Co. in Dresden, Germany, about 1900. The original maker of Dresden china was the Royal Porcelain Manufactory, now located in Meissen.

Your figurine is worth about $135 to $150; a similar Meissen figurine of the same vintage would fetch about four times as much.

Q: I have a Royal Doulton figurine: "Uncle Ned," No. HN 2094. Can you give me some information about its vintage and value?

A: Your Royal Doulton figure seated in a brown-and-beige chair, holding a blue mug with a black-and-white dog sitting at his feet was made between 1952 and 1965.

It is currently selling for $400 to $500.

Q: I bought a teapot at an estate sale. The mark on the bottom is a dragon and "China, O.P. Co."

I would like to know something about when it was made and its value.

A: The mark you describe was used by the Onondaga Pottery Co. in 1893 to 1895. At that time the company was renamed Syracuse China Co.

Your teapot would probably sell for around $75 to $85.

Q: I have just had my great aunt's chair refurbished. I have no idea if she purchased it new or inherited it.

PD The chair is in beautiful condition. The center back is burl wal

nut. The top center has a shell pattern as do the legs just below the seat. The frame is walnut.

I would like to know how much this chair is worth, when it was made and by whom.

A: Your chair is a Queen Anne-style armchair. The maker is unknown. It was made around 1900 and would sell for $325 to $335 in good condition.

Q: I have a 22-inch oval fish platter with a mark on the bottom. The center is decorated with multicolored pike fish swimming in weeds and has a shaped rim.

L I would like to know who made this and how much it is worth.

A: Your fish platter was made by the Carl Tielsch Co. in Altwasser, Germany, about 1900. It would sell for $175 to $200.

Q. I have an Elgin pocket watch with a 17-jewel movement numbered 12283597. The case is gold and inscribed "Burlington Quality."

This watch keeps excellent time, and I would appreciate your comments as to the age and value.

A. The serial number indicates that your watch was made in 1905, and "Burlington Quality" indicates that the case is gold-filled -- not solid gold.

Watches like this are selling in the $125 to $135 range.

Toy trucks and cars bearing the Coca-Cola logo ardouble-barreled collectibles since they also are sought by toy collectors.

A 1930s Metalcraft truck in good condition runs about $500. If it is mint condition, in the original box, the price is $1,500.

Before mortgaging the farm to buy one of these gems, you should refer to one of the books on the subject. "Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide" by Allan Petretti (Wallace-Homestead Books) and "Price Guide to Coca-Cola Collectibles" by Deborah Goldstein Hill (Wallace-Homestead) are both currently available at your local bookstore.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind., 46556.

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