It pays to restore a Hunzinger chair

MARKET VALUE

October 18, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I have enclosed a picture of a Hunzinger chair we have purchased. I have removed most of the original red woven cloth that had worn through to the metal.

I also have enclosed a tracing of the Hunzinger marking on the back leg. Should I begin to refinish it? Or is it better left alone?

I would like to know the value of this chair.

A: George Hunzinger patented a variety of novel chairs from 1870 to the turn of the century.

Your chair should be worth $365 to $385 when completely restored. When an antique is in poor condition, it is better to restore it. There is nothing gained by not restoring this chair.

Q: I have a 7 1/2 -inch compote with the enclosed mark. It is hand painted with delicate flowers and has what I think is

called a reticulated border around the top.

What can you tell me about the origin of this compote and how much it might sell for?

A: This compote was made by the Carl Schumann Co. in Arzberg, Germany, around 1900. An antique dealer would probably have a price of $125 to $135 on this piece.

Q: I have a Leebald penny gumball machine. It has a round glass container in a Victorian-style cast-aluminum base.

What would this machine be worth? It is in good condition.

A: Your gumball machine was made around 1920. There was a revival of Victorian style in the '20s. This machine is quite rare -- a true classic.

I find one listed in the price guide "Coin Operated Machines" by Jerry Ayliffee for $1,000 to $1,200.

Q: I bought a bowl at a flea market. It is 11 inches wide and 7 inches high, cream colored with pink roses on it.

It has a mark, "KT&K" with S-V below. Could you tell me approximately what it is worth?

A: Your bowl was made by The Knowles, Taylor & Knowles Co. in East Liverpool, Ohio. The S-V means semivitreous china. It was made in the early 20th century and would sell for around $35 to $45 in good condition.

Q: I have a blue-and-white cup and saucer marked with a picture of a rabbit and "Dedham Pottery."

Can you tell me something about their origin and value?

A: Your cup and saucer were made by the Dedham Pottery in Dedham, Mass., in the early 1900s. They would possibly sell for $225 to $235 in good condition.

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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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