Q Can you identify the maker of this pink glass basket? It is 6 inches high, 31/2 inches across the base and measures 8 1/2 inches from end to end. A flower and leaves are etched on either lip. The basket weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. It originally had a silver handle (lost in a move) that attaches to the knobs in either side. I think it may be from the 1920s as I have other pieces with a similar pattern.
– J.E., Marysville, Penn.
AYour pink glass basket has posed a mystery for me. I checked through numerous glass references and still could not identify the maker of your piece. The pink color would date it to the 1920s or 1930s and many decorative baskets were produced during the era. However, I couldn’t find many American glassmakers that used the molded diamond quilted design of your basket.
Also, most American glassmakers made baskets with applied or pressed glass handles. The knobs on the rim of your piece indicate it was meant to use a woven wicker or metal handle. I found two glass companies that appear to have made baskets this way: Fenton Art Glass and Liberty Glass. Fenton glass has been very well documented and I couldn’t find this design in any reference books on them. Not much is published on the Liberty firm but the little I did find didn’t show this basket.
This is a pretty piece and there are collectors of glass baskets, however, the lack of the original handle may keep the value down a bit. Since this is a large piece I’d guess it still might be marketed in the $50-$100 range. Let’s see if any readers recognize this decorative piece.
Q My late husband worked in Kuwait years ago. He got this gun from a shop there. He didn’t tell me what he paid for it. He said the man who sold it to him didn’t know anything about it, but was selling it for a family that had had it for generations.
– C.A., McConnelsville, Ohio
AI’m afraid there isn’t much information available on foreign-made firearms such as this. This piece appears to have an early flintlock mechanism, common in the late 18th and into the 19th century, however, the mechanism could have originated in Europe or the Mideast and fitted on the ornately carved stock. The design of the carved stock may be a style particular to Kuwait or that region but it would take an expert to confirm this. It is possible that this is an antique piece, however, I am also aware that quite a number of fake firearms have been produced over the years, sometimes originating in Turkey. I would be a little suspicious of this piece until I had it examined by an authority in this type of firearm.
Q I bought this chair at an antique sale about 30 years ago. It is solid oak and is all hand carved, with no veneers. It has the remains of a tag on the bottom of the seat that says “American Chair Manufacturing Co., Hallstead, Pa.” I have no other information. I’ve looked at the library and on line, but have come up empty. Any info on date and value would be appreciated.
– L.P., Grand Rapids, Mich.
AYour fancy armchair is loosely based on the Chippendale style of the 18th century. The arms, seat and legs all reflect that style. However, the ornate pierce-carved back with the serpentine dragons is definitely a fantasy design of the late 19th and early 20th century. It’s a great example of the mixed designs popular in late Victorian furniture and the fancy back really makes it a showpiece. It’s also nice that it carries part of the original manufacturer’s label. These are very often missing. Value will depend on the local market but I would think this unusual chair might be valued in the $600-$800 range.