Stickley sideboard worth about $3,000


March 20, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: The enclosed picture is of an oak sideboard that was given to me by my grandmother. There is a label on the back that says "Craftsman Workshop -- Eastwood, New York -- Gustav Stickley -- New York Show Room -- 29 West Thirty Fourth Street."

I would like to know anything you could tell me about my sideboard. Is there a book about antique furniture of this type that you could recommend?

A: Gustav Stickley was one of the leaders of the arts and crafts movement that began in the late 1890s. He formed a guild-type furniture shop in 1899 that was the forerunner of his Craftsman Workshops.

His handcrafted furniture can be described as plain, sturdy and functional. Its popularity caught on after Stickley exhibited his "Mission-style" furniture at the Grand Rapids Furniture Exposition 1900, and the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901.

Paper labels with the words "Als ik kan" surrounded by a joiner's compass were used as his motto from 1902. A burned-in trademark was used from 1912 to 1916. "Als ik kan" are Finnish words that mean "As well as I can."

Stickley declared bankruptcy in 1916. Eventually he retired in Syracuse, N.Y., and died in 1942.

Stickley listed your sideboard for sale at $34 in one of the original catalogs in the early 1900s. The current value would probably be in the $3,000 and up range. Check your local library for books on Mission Furniture and Gustav Stickley.

Q: I recently bought a clock at a local garage sale and I'm trying to research its background.

On the dial of the clock is the word Ansonia and on the back there is a patent date of 1892. I think it is metal with a gold finish. The height of the clock is 9 inches and it is in running condition.

I'd appreciate any help you can give me.

A: Your clock was made by Ansonia Co. in Derby, Conn. Anson G. Phelps founded the firm in 1850. He was an importer of tin, brass and copper, and owned a copper mill.

Ansonia reached its peak in productivity in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1879 the company was relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. After a devastating fire in 1929 it was sold and moved to Russia.

Looking at the picture you sent, I would say your clock is probably the "Arverne" that was made in 1910. Its value would be about $375 to $400.

Q: I have a porcelain mustache cup and saucer that I am curious about. On the bottom they are marked with a crown and the words "H&C -- Germany." They are decorated with a spray of tiny, delicate pink flowers against a white background, and the edges are scalloped.

Could you give me their current value?

A: Mustache cups were an English invention during the Victorian era when mustaches were fashionable. The lip guard attached to the rim of the cup kept one's mustache neat and tidy.

Your cup and saucer were made by Heinrich & Co. in Selb, Bavaria, Germany.

The mark you described was used from 1905 to 1907. Their value would probably be about $55 to $65 in good condition.

Book review

"Gas Station Collectibles" by Mark Anderton and Sherry Mullen is published by Wallace-Homestead Book Co., an imprint of Chilton Book Co. It is available in antique shops and bookstores for $19.95.

When was the last time you pulled into a gas station and an attendant rushed out and asked, "Fill it up?" or, "Check under the hood for you?" One look at "Gas Station Collectibles" brings back all those memories.

Six chapters are devoted to such things as gas globes, gas pumps, oil cans and signs. Each item is pictured, priced and described. There are more than 350 black and white photos, eight pages in color, a grading guide and history of the oil industry making this the most definitive book available on gas station memorabilia.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, 703 Peashway, South Bend, Ind. 46617.

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