Side chair is Victorian


January 17, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I would like to know the value and vintage of the chair in the enclosed picture. The finish is as when it was bought, but the seat has been re-caned. There are 68 holes around the seat for caning. The stretcher in front is curved to accommodate hoop skirts.

A: Your Victorian side chair was made between 1860 and 1875, and would sell for $125 to $135 in good condition.

The hoop skirt stretcher is a myth. Imagine where the front of a hoop skirt would be if the back were restrained by the stretcher.

Q: The attached mark is on the back of my Delft plate. It is 9 inches in diameter and depicts a windmill on the back of a canal -- all in blue and white.

Please tell me when this was made and what it might sell for.

A: The mark you provided has been used for more than 400 years, but your plate is relatively modern -- made about 1900. It would probably sell for $75 to $85.

Q: I have two Audubon prints; one is the "Sharp-Tailed Grouse," and the other is the "Rock Grouse." In the left-hand corner is noted: "Drawn from nature by J. J. Audubon." In the right-hand corner is, "Engraved and printed by H. R. Havell 1837." The prints are 10 3/4 by 15 1/2 inches.

I know there are many Audubon prints around, but does the H. R. Havell factor add to the value?

A: Audubon traveled all over America drawing wild birds from life. Between 1827 and 1838, H. R. Havell engraved and hand-colored them. The original Audubon prints measured 25 1/2 by 38 inches.

The authentic versions of your prints would be worth several thousand dollars.

Your reproduction prints would have little value as collectibles.

Q: I recently received a Kewpie mug that has pictures of Kewpies and is marked on the bottom as follows: "Kewpie, Prussia, Royal Rudolstadt, Rose O'Neill Wilson, Germany." Thank you for any information that you can give me.

A: Rose O'Neill was an artist whose drawings of pixie-like toddlers appeared in the Ladies' Home Journal in 1910. These became so popular that O'Neill licensed several companies to use her Kewpies on their products.

Your mug was made in Rudolstadt, Germany, about 1920, and would probably sell for about $65 to $75.

Q: We are inquiring about a slot machine that we acquired years ago. It is a nickel slot machine and we wonder what is the story behind it. It was made by the Mills Co. and has a picture of a lion on the front.

A: The official name of this machine was the Silent Gooseneck-Bell; it was nicknamed "The Lion's Head." It was made in the 1930s and would probably sell for more than $3,000.

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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