Victorian chair probably worth $500 to $600


July 18, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: This Victorian armchair has been in our family for generations. It is solid walnut with green velvet upholstery.

Can you tell me when it was made and its current value?

A: Your chair is an excellent example of Victorian Louis XV Revival furniture. It was made in the third quarter of the 19th century and would probably sell for about $500 to $600 in good condition.

Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a bisque figurine of a little girl dressed in grown-up clothes. She is 10 inches tall and wears a shawl and a plumed hat.

What can you tell me about its origin and value?

A: Your figurine was made by Gebruder Heubach (Heubach Brothers) in Lichte, Germany, during the late 1800s. It would probably sell for about $400 to $500.

Q: I have a teapot that belonged to my grandmother and then to my mother. It has a separate insert for tea bags and is marked "McCormick Tea, Baltimore, MD -- Made in the U.S.A."

What can you tell me about it?

A: McCormick & Co. marketed tea, spices, etc., and gave teapots as premiums. Yours was probably produced about 1940. It would sell for about $35 to $45 in good condition.

McCormick was the first company to use tea bags (1910).

Q: I have an original Currier & Ives print titled "Maiden's Rock -- Mississippi River" with the address 152 Nassau St., New York.

I acquired this print in the mid- 1940s. I was told that the boats are the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee. What year was it printed and what is its value?

A: This print was issued about 1870 and would sell for $200 to $300 if authentic.

Take it to a museum where they can actually examine and possibly authenticate it.

Q: I have a copy of the first issue of Life magazine dated Nov. 23, 1936. I would like to know what this item would be valued at by collectors, and how they could be found.

A: The following is listed as a collector of Life magazines published before 1970: Gary Olsen, 505 S. Royal Ave., Front Royal, Va. 22630. Dealers are selling the first issue of Life for about $100 in good condition.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Send letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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