Gold paint devalues settee


November 29, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I am enclosing a picture of a settee that I inherited. It is painted gold, and the upholstery is in good shape. Could you please tell me its period and value?

A: This is Louis XV style made about 1900. With its original natural finish, this would sell for $500 to $600. The gold paint reduces the value to about $300.

Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a 4-inch-high candy dish that is 5 inches in diameter. It is compote style with pierced lattice work around the side. It has applied pink and yellow roses with green leaves.

I would like to know who made this, when and what it might sell for now.

A: This very choice candy dish was made in Marktredwitz, Germany, by Jaeger & Co., between 1900 and 1910. It would probably sell for $265 to $285.

Q: What can you tell me about a 7-inch bud vase marked "Lefton China"? It is light pink with darker pink and blue flowers.

A: Lefton China is an import company that sells china made in Europe and Japan. This was made in the mid-20th century and would probably sell for about $25 to $35.

Q: I have a book written by Robert Louis Stevenson and printed by the Roycroft Shop in East Aurora, N.Y., in 1902. The title of the book is "A Lodging for the Night."

A: This book is collectible because it was published by the Roycrofters -- not because it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson. It would probably sell for about $165 to $185 in good condition.

Q: Please evaluate my 78-piece, service-for-12 china. The back is stamped with a gold seal with a crown and "Hand painted -- 1814-1914." In the seal are the letters, "C -- M -- HR."

A: Your china was made by the C. M. Hutschenreuther porcelain factory in Hohenburg, Germany, in the early 20th century. It would probably sell for $800 to $900.

Q: I have a 14-karat Howard pocket watch with a 17-jewel movement in excellent condition. It was patented in 1921. I would appreciate your comments as to value.

A: Your watch would probably sell in a jewelry store for $500 to $600. If you try to sell it yourself, or trade it in, you can count on about $300.

Q: I have eight leather-bound books by William Shakespeare published by the Knickerbocker Leather & Novelty Co. in New York. There is no date in the books.

A: Collectors want first or limited editions. There is nothing to indicate that these books are valuable collectibles. You can confirm this at the public library; ask for "American Book Prices Current."

Q: I have a set of dishes that came from Japan back in 1951, when my father was in the service. It is trimmed in gold; on the back of each piece is "Noritake -- Made in Occupied Japan." It is a 53-piece service for eight. Could you please tell me if this is worth anything?

A: Anything marked "Made in Occupied Japan" is collectible. The set you have might sell for about $325 to $335.

The fact that these were made by Noritake represents about half of this value.

Q: I discovered this pitcher (5 1/2 inches tall) at a barn sale down the end of a winding road in Maryland. Please tell me the age, value and any information about it.

The mark is a crown over a shield and "Tournay T. & R. Boote England Rd. No. 33645."

A: Your pitcher was made in Burslem, England, by T. & R. Boote Ltd. The British Registry number indicates that this pattern was registered in 1885.

It would probably sell for about $35 to $45. "Tournay" is the name of the pattern.

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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