Lamp stand is a valuable heirloom


December 27, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a walnut stand that I recently inherited from my grandmother, who lived in southern Georgia and collected most of her antiques in that area. I know nothing about antiques and would be most grateful for any information on this stand style and value.

A: This would be classified as a Victorian lamp stand, made in the late 1800s. It would probably sell for about $365 to $385 in good condition.

Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a porcelain figurine of a ballet dancer. She is 8 inches tall and is wearing a typical ballet costume with a net skirt also made of porcelain.

Please tell me when this was made and its value.

A: This figurine was made in Germany by the Sandizell porcelain factory in the mid-20th century. It would probably sell for about $75 to $85 in good condition.

Q: I have a straight razor marked "Manufactured by Wade & Butcher, Sheffield." It is in its original case. Does it have any value as an antique?

A: Your razor was made in Sheffield, England, in the late 1800s. Since every man in America had at least one straight razor in the 19th century, they are not very scarce today. One such as you describe would probably sell between $15 and $25.

Q: I am writing you about a doll in hopes you can tell me something about her. She is beautifully sculpted, with blue eyes and deep hair molding, and her nightdress is tinted in dainty pastels. I bought her in France.

What would the price be for a doll like this?

A: Your doll is called a Piano Baby. In the 1800s, most well-decorated homes used a Piano Baby to hold the scarf they had on top of the piano in place.

Your Piano Baby was made in the late 1800s. I find a similar one listed in Herron's "Price Guide to Dolls" for $700 to $1000.

Q: I have no pictures of the item I am inquiring about, but hope you can identify it from a description.

It is 3 1/4 inches high, the base is circular and is about 2 inches in diameter. It is almost bell-shaped but appears to be a grinder because there is a grinding piece in-side, and the top rotates. On the bottom it says "Tiffany and Co. makers Sterling 6805."

I would appreciate anything you can tell me about this and its price.

A: This appears to be a sterling nutmeg grinder made for the Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in New York, probably around 1900.

I find similar items like this listed for $500 to $600 in good condition.

Q: Please help me! I bought a ceramic bowl at a flea market. It is 11 inches wide and 7 inches high. It is a cream color with pink roses. It is marked "KT&K" with "S-V," China on the bottom.

Could you tell me who made it and what it is worth?

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

Q: I have a blue-and-white plate with pictures of Vassar College and the founder. On the back it is marked "Roland & Marsellus, Staffordshire, England. John G. Myers, Albany, N.Y."

When was this made and how much is it worth?

A: This Vassar College souvenir plate was made in England by British Anchor Pottery and imported by Rowland & Marsellus in the early 1900s for the John G. Myers department store in Albany, N.Y.

It would probably sell for $35 to $40.

Q: I have a Coca-Cola tray with a lady with a glass marked "Drink Coca-Cola." She is wearing a pink dress, blue turban and a white fox fur. There is a Coke bottle in the lower right corner. On top it says, "Drink Coca-Cola."

I have no idea what it is worth. Would you please give me an approximate value?

A: Your Coca-Cola tray was made in 1925 and should sell for $275 to $300, depending on its condition.


Book review

"Directory to Secondary Market Retailers" by Diane Carnevale Jones (Wallace-Homestead Book Co., Radnor, Pa. 19089), is a comprehensive directory of people who buy and sell limited editions such as Hummel, Royal Copenhagen, Lladro, Precious Moments, Bing & Gromdahl, Norman Rockwell, etc.

Some of these not only buy, they also take items on


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