Adjustable reclining chair could be a first


January 03, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I recently purchased this old chair at an estate sale. It is an ornate recliner with various adjustments. There is a metal plate at the bottom of the back that reads "Cook & Co.'s Automatic Chair, patented January 29, 1901, by S.A. Cook & Co., Medina, NY."

I would appreciate it if you give your opinion as to value.

A: This was probably the first mechanically adjustable reclining chair in America. It might be worth $800 to $900 completely refinished and reupholstered.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a 12-inch porcelain vase. It has an oval body with three small feet and a flaired neck. It is decorated with a picture of a lady in an old-fashioned dress and the handles are shaped like dragons.

Please tell me who made this, when and its value.

A: This mark was used by Beyer & Bock in Volkstedt, Germany, during the first quarter of the 20th century. It would probably sell for $225 to $235 in an antiques shop.

Q: I have a Donald Duck bank that was handed down by an older cousin in 1960. I would appreciate any information you can provide about its age, origin and value. The bank is ceramic and stands 1 foot high. There are no identifying marks on it. While the white is baked-on glaze, the other colors seem to have been applied after glazing, as they feel different and have peeled.

A: Since this isn't marked "Copyright by Walt Disney," it is probably a pirated piece and would not qualify as a Disney collectible.

It might sell for $25 to $35.

Q: I would like to know the approximate value of my Rosenthal china, which I purchased in Germany in 1952. The bottoms are marked "Rosenthal -- Selb -- Germany -- Winifred."

I have 12 seven-piece place settings plus a gravy boat, 9-inch-round covered serving dish, 9-inch-square bowl and two sizes of platters.

A: The going market price for a set like yours is about $800 to $900. That's about half of what it would cost brand new.

Forty years is not enough to make your china a valuable collectible.

Q: I have in my possession two Walt Disney "celluloids;" they each have a sticker on the back that reads as follows:

"This is an original hand-painted celluloid drawing actually used in a Walt Disney production, released exclusively by the Art Corner at Disneyland, Anaheim, California. Copyright Walt Disney Productions."

They are each 6 by 7 1/2 inches and are pictures of Jiminy Cricket. Could you tell me if they are valuable, and if so, how much are they worth? I know they are at least 30 years old.

A: Some Disney "cels" are worth several thousand dollars, but Jiminy Cricket cels sell for $250 to $300 each.

Q: I was given a 10-piece canister set marked "Made in Germany." It consists of four large (coffee, tea, sugar and rice) and eight small (pepper, cinnamon, clove, etc.) pieces.

What can you tell me about the age, value, etc.?

A: Your china canister set was made in the early 20th century and would probably sell for about $125 to $135 in good condition.

Q. My grandfather had a large collection of bottle openers. I assume they are collectible, but do they have much value?

A. Bottle openers with novelty figures are the most valuable;here are some typical prices:

Seahorse, $60 to $70.

Sailor, $25 to $35.

Pelican, $125 to $135.

Elephant, $35 to $45.

Drunk, $10 to $15.

Cowboy, $90 to $100.

Black Man, $125 to $135.

Bear, $65 to $75.

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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