Grandmother's rocking chair could fetch up to $285


January 10, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: This rocking chair was owned by my wife's grandmother. It would therefore be at least 80 to 90 years old -- perhaps older. It is very sturdy and in good condition. The inlaid work is very unusual.

Would you please give me some information as to its age and value?

A: This is a relatively modern version of a Windsor rocker. It was made about 1900 to 1910 and would probably sell for about $265 to $285.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a 16-inch-tall figure of a woman in an art deco dress and holding a fan in her hand; she is leaning against a pillar.

I would like to know the maker, origin and value.

A: In 1860, E. Eichler established the Duxer porcelain factory in Dux, Bohemia. The mark you provided was in use between 1912 and 1918.

Your figurine would probably sell for $700 to $800.

Q: I have four cylindrical frosted glasses. They are 7 inches tall and depict a girl sitting on a rock. They are marked "White Rock."

4 Are these collectible? If so, what is the value?

A: They are collectible and might sell for about $10 to $15 each.

Q: My pitcher and bowl set is marked "T.R. & Co. -- England." The pitcher is 13 inches high and the bowl is 16 inches in diameter. They are decorated with sprays of pink flowers.

Can you identify the maker? When were they made, and what are they worth?

A: Your pitcher and bowl set was made in Tunstall, England, by T. Rathbone & Co. in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for $325 to $335.


Book review

"Antique Radio Restoration Guide, Second Edition," by David Johnson (published by Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co.): The author, a former radio engineer, explains how to restore old radios to working order. The book is profusely illustrated with photos, drawings and schematics. In addition, it covers repairing and refinishing wooden and metal cabinets.

Finally, it includes information on common vacuum tubes, other parts and a glossary of technical terms.

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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