Ask Antique Trader: Handmade dry sink valued at $375

This dry sink has a lid and dovetails on the drawer that are handmade. How old is it, and what is it worth?
— F.Z.M., Newmanstown, Pa.

Your dry sink was made in the second half of the 19th century. It could sell in a shop for around $350 to $375.

These bottles were given to me by my uncle, who said they were made to promote a presidential campaign of Tippecanoe. They have a raised, wood-grain pattern and a canoe along with the words Tippecanoe and H. H. Warner Co. On the bottom is “Rochester, NY #4.” Can you give me any information and value?
— K.B., New Windsor, Md.

Your bitters bottle used the slogan for the hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, and the 10th president of the United States, John Tyler, 1841-1845. The bottle was made during that period. One such bottle recently fetched $127 on eBay.

I have inherited this wicker chair. It has been in the family since I was a baby. It has a paper label reading “Karpen guaranteed furniture. Original and guaranteed Ford-Johnson fiber rush furniture.” How old is it and what is the resale value?
— M., Ohio

Your fiber-rush rocker with the leather back was made around the 1920s or ’30s. S. Karpen & Bros. was founded in Chicago in 1880. From your photo, your chair has condition issues with the worn finish. In good condition, it could be priced at several hundred dollars. As is, it is worth $25 at a garage sale.

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