Chair's round back flips and turns into a table Introduced in the 17th century, this convertible piece of furniture was used in country houses.


June 09, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

The back of my pine chair is round, and when the back is flipped forward, the chair turns into a table. When was it made?

Table chairs were introduced in the 17th century. They also were made in the 18th and 19th centuries for use in country houses. They sell for $1,200 to $7,500.

My grandparents were from Turkey. When they died, they left me an old doll with a wooden face. It's a man dressed in a native Turkish costume. I think he's made from papier-mache. He is marked "Ertugrul O Zsoy Turk El Isleri Ataturk Bulwari."

Is this a one-of-a kind thing? Are there more like it?

There probably are more like it. The mark you describe was used on dolls made in Turkey in the 1930s.

My mother gave me a pair of earrings with clear stones in them. I thought they were diamonds, but she called them Fabulite. Do you know what that is?

Fabulite is a trade name for synthetic strontium titanate, which resembles diamonds. The material was created in 1953 and also was sold under the names Starilian and Diagem.

Do you have any information on the age or value of a Mira music box my family inherited? It came with 52 metal tune-sheet discs, and it is in working order. The pamphlet with it is signed by the maker, Mermod Freres.

Your family inherited something of value! Freres made fine music boxes in Switzerland at the turn of the century.

The Miras are the size of cabinets, not like the tabletop music boxes we think of today. One sold recently for $7,400 -- with just one of the metal discs. Yours likely would sell for much more.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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