Antique Detective: Biltrite doll carriage; Irene Stry still life

Q: What is this Biltrite doll carriage, made in the 1960s worth?
—L.C.P., New York, N.Y.

A: Prices vary and depend on where the buggy is sold. On eBay they sell from $150 to $250.

Q: Can you shed any light on this still life painting signed Irene Stry and possible value?
—M.M., New Kensington, Pa.

A:  Irene Stry worked in the 1930s and was listed in Who’s Who of American Artists during that period. She sometimes signed her paintings “Claire.” Her paintings sell at auction from $450 to $700.

Q: We would like to know about this side chair. It may have been acquired in or near Canton, Ohio. We would like to know about the style.
—N.R.O., Pomeroy, Ohio

A: Your hall chair is probably English in the Arts and Crafts style, early 20th century. It could sell for $300 or more at an auction house such as John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Ill., who specialize in 20th century items.

Q:  I would like to sell this stove. It has 6 mica windows and is nickel-plated. It had been professionally restored when we bought it. Printing on it says “Abram Cox Stove, Philadelphia Bright Novelty. Can you evaluate it?
—R.L., Torino, Italy

A: Your antique parlor stove made by one of America’s premier makers in the 19th century could sell for several thousand dollars at auction in original condition. Restored the auction selling price would more likely be $500 to $900.

Q: I inherited this hand made European cabinet. It was built by a German carpenter about 1890 of oak and rosewood inlays. Can you give me an idea of auction value and where to send it?
—F.L., Naples, Fla.

A:  Your beautiful cabinet is one-of-a-kind and is difficult to put a price on and should be examined by a professional appraiser. Similar late 19th century items can sell at auction for $3,000 and up. Send photos and information to Americana Furniture Expert, Skinner Galleries, The Heritage On The Garden, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116 or email

Q: I would like to know how old this lampshade is and was it a hanging lamp? Any information and value appreciated.
—J.C.C., Montandon, Pa.

A: Your scenic overlay shade could have been part of a table lamp made by Handel in the early 20th century. If you could have it authenticated by a professional appraiser the value could be $2,000 or more.

Q:  I have a water bowl set (pitcher and bowl) that belonged to my husband’s grandmother. On the bottom it is marked “Royal Ironstone China” and it looks like “A.J Wilkinson.” It has a green floral design. Do you have any information on this set?
—L.S., Apollo, Pa.

A:  A.J. Wilkinson was one of the Staffordshire potters working in Burslem, England, Staffordshire district. His firm operated from 1848 to 1937. Your washbowl set could sell in a shop for around $200.


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