Ask Antique Trader: Seldom-seen Cincinnati dog table is valuable Victorian piece

This doll was given to my grandmother as a child. She has replaced the hair and dress and repaired her thumb. She had moveable brown eyes and open mouth with teeth. She is marked L 1/2 Germany. “171” and stamped #6. She is about 28 inches tall. Any idea of  age, maker and value? B.G. – Natrona Hts., Pa.

A I was able to identify your doll as being made by the J.D. Kestner firm in Germany around 1880-1900. In all original condition she could sell to a doll collector for $900-$1,200. Kestner dolls are very popular.

Q My grandmother’s clock has “Westminster Chime” printed on the clock face. Any idea of age and value? D. G. – Savannah, Ga.

A Your shelf clock with an Art Deco look was made in the 1920s. It is known as tambour style and could sell for several hundred dollars.

Q What is the value of this antique child’s wicker rocker? It is in good condition. T.H. – Rural Valley, Pa.

A Your chair, dating to the 1920s-30s, could sell for $300 or more.

Q I bought this marble-top table at an estate sale. It has a wood carved figure of a dog on the bottom shelf. Any information would be appreciated. L.A. – New Kensington, Pa.

A You have what is known as a rare Victorian carved walnut Cincinnati Dog Table, circa 1860. At a New Orleans auction in 1991 it fetched $880. Today it would sell for a great deal more.

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