Victorian desk is worth $800 to $900


November 01, 1992|By James G. McCollom | James G. McCollom,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a photograph of a desk on display in our local heritage society museum. It has pigeonhole dividers in the top compartment, two drawers on one side, a single large compartment on the other and a bowed drawer front.

The doors on the top compartment have an inlaid wood design. The mirror and leather writing surface are visible in the picture.

Visitors frequently ask questions about it, but we have no information as to style or age.

A: This is a Victorian lady's desk and was made about 1875. It would probably sell for $800 to $900 in good condition.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain teapot. It is 10 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, and decorated with purple pansies.

I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this.

A: This was made by the Sevres China Co. in East Liverpool, Ohio, between 1900 and 1908. It has no connection with the original French Sevres.

Your teapot might sell for about $65 to $75.

Q: We have a violin with a Stradivarius label dated 1716. It is in its own case with two bows. I would say that it is in good condition and playable.

What is your opinion as to value?

A: According to the experts, all genuine Stradivarius violins have been accounted for. In the past 150 years thousands of #i imitations were produced.

These are selling up to $200 for copies, depending on musical quality.

Q: What can you tell me about my meat grinder? It is marked "Universal No. 2 -- L.F. & C., New Britain, Conn., USA -- Pat. 1897."

A. This was made by Landers, Frary & Clark. It would probably sell for $35 to $45.

Q: My La France model Ansonia clock has a hand-painted porcelain case. It is 10 1/2 inches wide and 11 inches tall. It is decorated with sprays of flowers and leaves in shades of rose and green.

I would like to know when this was made and what it might sell for.

A: Your clock was made about 1890 and would probably sell for about $275 to $300 in good condition.

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