Putting a price on an ancestor's chair


February 07, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I wonder if you can tell me anything about this chair. It belonged to my great-grandmother in upstate New York. My understanding is that it is more than 100 years old. I have no idea of its value.

A: This chair was factory-made about 1900; the back was machine carved. An antique dealer would probably price it at about $265 to $285.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a small porcelain figurine. It is a 4 1/4 -inch-high woman sitting on a bench and wearing a black hat, green skirt, orange shawl and black shoes.

Can you tell me who made it, when, where, and what is its value?

A: This mark was used by Schafer and Vater in Rudolstadt, Germany, about 1900. The company was established in 1890 and ceased operations in 1962.

Your little figurine might sell for $165 to $185.

Q: Could you give me any information on my vase? It is white porcelain, 17 inches high, 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the bottom, 11 inches in diameter at the top. It is marked on the bottom "Belleek -- Willets."

Was it made in Trenton. What should I be able to sell it for?

A: Your vase was made in Trenton, N.J., by the Willets Manufacturing Co. about 1900 and might sell for about $500.

Willets made a fine translucent porcelain comparable to Irish Belleek.

Q: I would like to know about a dish my mother called a celery dish. It is oblong, with a silver rim and a pastel grape design in the center; on the bottom is marked: "Hand Painted over a Crown over a letter 'B' -- Royal Rudolstadt."

I would like to know how old this dish is and if it has any value.

A: This was made in Rudolstadt, Germany, by Beyer & Boch in the early 1900s. It might sell for $20 to $25.

Q: I was left a set of dishes about 70 years ago and I wonder if you can give me some information about it. It is a 46-piece service for eight that was purchased at Wanamaker's department store in New York. The pattern on the rim is a row of roses inside a gold edge. On the bottom is "Mignon -- Z.S. & Co. -- Bavaria."

A: Your china was made in Rehau, Bavaria, in the early 1900s by Zeh, Scherzer & Co. "Mignon" is the name of the pattern. A complete 46-piece service for eight might sell for $400 to $500.


Book review: "Games: American Boxed Games and Their Makes, 1822-1992," by Bruce Whitehill (Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co.), is devoted to the study of board and card games. It provides the history of the games, with detailed descriptions of each game. All are priced and many are illustrated.

This is an outstanding book on the subject and a basic and detailed handbook on the hobby of game collecting.

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