Rocker likely will sell for $325 to $335


November 15, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I am very curious about the origin of this platform rocker. It has been passed down through our family for a long time. It has been refinished and reupholstered and is in very good condition.

I would appreciate any information you can provide.

A: The first platform rocker was made in 1876, so yours must have been made between 1876 and 1890. It would probably sell for $325 to $335.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a three-piece tea set consisting of a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl. Each piece is decorated with flowers and vines; the edges are trimmed in gold.

I would appreciate anything you can tell about this set.

A: Your tea set was made in the mid-20th century by the Carl Thieme Co. in Potschappel, Germany. It would probably sell for $125 to $135 in good condition.

Q: I have a box-shaped musical instrument that plays what sounds like organ music when a crank is turned, pulling a sheet of paper through the instrument. The paper is pierced like the rolls used on player pianos. It is labelled "Pla Rola Corp. of America -- Patent No. 1813337."

A: This is one of the many portable roller organs made from the late 1800s to the 1930s.

This was patented in 1931 and would probably sell for about $300 in good condition complete with a couple of rolls.

Q: I have a round glass paperweight, which I was told was called "End of Day." Can you give me more information about it?

A: At the end of the workday, a glass blower would gather whatever different color glass was left over and make paperweights, etc.

Your paperweight would probably sell for about $65 to $75.

Q: Enclosed is a description of two Royal Doulton figurines. I would like to know the approximate value of each.

They are "Grandma" HN 2052 and "The Balloon Man" HN 1954.

A: "Grandma" HN 2052 was made between 1950 and 1959; it should sell for $300 to $350.

"The Balloon Man" HN 1954 was first made in 1940 and is still in production; it is selling in the $265 to $285 range.

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