Transitional chair worth about $175


April 04, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: The enclosed picture is of a chair that originally was one of a set of six or eight dining room chairs that has been in our family since before the Civil War; we still have three of them.

We would like to know who made this style and in what city were they made.

A: This chair would be classified as transitional between Empire and Victorian. It was made in the 1850-1870 period and would probably sell for $175 to $200.

It is virtually impossible to tell in what city unmarked furniture was made.

Q: What can you tell me about my father's straight razor? It is marked "Keen Kutter No. K-15," and has a black plastic (?) handle; it is in its original box.

A: Your razor was made in the early 1900s and might sell in the $25 to $35 range.

Q: Please determine the vintage and value of my cast-iron coin bank. It is in the form of a reindeer with antlers. It is 9 inches long and 6 inches tall. It is marked "A.C. Williams, U.S.A."

A: Your bank was made in the first quarter of the 20th century and would probably sell for about $125 to $135 in good condition.

Q: Please tell me what you can about my 18-inch platter that is marked "Scinde" and "Henry Alcock." It has an all-blue floral design that appears to bleed into the white background.

I would guess that it is earthenware -- not porcelain.

A: Your guess is correct. This is Flow Blue, a style that was popular from the early 19th century to the early 20th century.

"Scinde" is the name of the pattern; Alcock is the maker.

Platters like this are currently selling for as much as $400 in good condition.

Q: Can you tell me anything about a tin tobacco box? It is 4 1/2 - by-3 1/2 -by-2 inches and is marked "Diamond F Mixture -- Feigner & Son Mfg., Baltimore, Maryland." The colors are red and black on a yellow background.

A: This dates back to the early 1900s, and would probably sell for about $25 to $35.

Letters with pictures 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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