Popular bookcase could fetch $500


January 24, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a very old bookcase. I imagine it is 75 years or older. The glass doors tilt up and slide in above the books.

When I moved, one of the movers wanted to buy it, and now I am ready to give it up, but I don't know what to ask for it.

I would so much appreciate any help you can give me regarding this old piece.

A: This type bookcase is very popular with collectors and would probably sell for $500 to $600 in good condition.

This style bookcase has been made from about 1900 to the present. Your estimate of 75-plus years is about right.

Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a 45-piece chin service for eight. Each piece is decorated with tiny roses on a winding vine.

Can you tell me anything about its origin and value?

A: Your china was made by the Homer Laughlin Co. during the early 1900s in East Liverpool, Ohio. It would sell for about $225 to $235, complete with no pieces missing.

Q: I have been reading your interesting column in the newspaper and wonder if you can evaluate a set of dishes that I inherited. It originally was a service for 12, but I can only make up a 65-piece service for eight, complete with 17 serving pieces.

On the back of each piece is "Theodore Haviland, Limoges, France."

A: Your china was made in the early 20th century and would probably sell for about $500 to $600.

You are right to discount the pieces that would make up a service for 12.

Q: I have a New Companion sewing machine, copyrighted in 1899 by Perry Mason & Co., Boston.

I would like your opinion on the value of this machine.

A: Your sewing machine might sell for $125 to $135 in good condition.

You have to realize that there were more than a million sewing machines made in 1899.

Q: I have an iridescent blue glass vase with an overall diamond-quilted pattern. On the bottom is an underlined "N" in a circle; the vase is 10 1/2 inches high.

I would like to know its origin and value.

A: Your description suggests Carnival Glass made in the early 20th century. The mark is that of the Northwood Glass Co. in Wheeling, W.Va. It would probably sell for about $125 to $135.

Q: I would like an idea as to the value of my cedar chest. It was built by the Standard Red Cedar Chest Co. of Altavista, Va. It is put together with dowels and is in excellent condition.

This company was bought out by the Lane Cedar Chest Co. in 1931.

A: Your chest was made between 1921 and 1931. It would probably sell for $165 to $185 in good condition.

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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