Q This grandfather clock was made in Jungham, Germany, in 1860. I bought it 33 years ago. The outside of the clock has been refinished, but the face has never been touched. It is either walnut or cherry, and stands 7 ? feet tall. It has one broken spring.
– A.A., Browning, Ind.
A Your grandfather clock is a copy of American-style clocks of the late 18th and early 19th century, but your example probably dates from the first decades of the 20th century, just before or after World War I. The Jungham firm produced good-quality clocks of many styles at that time. The case is most likely mahogany or mahogany veneer. The fact that the spring is broken would lower the price somewhat because of the cost of repair, but because of the overall quality of the piece it probably would be worth having it professionally repaired. Once in top running order I believe it might retail in the $2,500-$3,500 range.
Q I bought this stein at a garage sale. Stamped on the underside is: ARDALT/ZUM WHO/ HOHR/ GERMANY/ FRENCH ZONE/718/295 5. Do you know anything about its history and value?
–A.C., Port St. Lucie, Fla.
A Your colorful molded pottery stein is typical of types produced from just before the Second World War until almost the present day. The “Germany French Zone” refers to the fact that it was manufactured at a pottery in the French-controlled zone of Germany after World War II, probably in the 1950s. Among stein collectors, this type of piece is not especially desirable so I’d guess yours might be valued in the $40-$60 range in top condition.
Q This advertisement for McCormick Reapers measures 32 inches by 24 inches and is enclosed in an older gold frame. It appears to be dated 1897-1900. The soldier in the picture looks like a Rough Rider. The clothing suggests that time period, too. Any information concerning the picture and its value would be most appreciated.
– S.T., Lexington, Ky.
A This large framed advertising print is typical of designs produced in the late 19th and early 20th century. You are correct that the young soldier probably represents a returning veteran of the Spanish-American War of 1898. This adds to the appeal of the design as well as the fact it may well be in the original gilt plaster frame. It appears to be in fine condition with no serious tears or stains and the theme makes it quite appealing. In top condition and in the right market, I suspect your large print might sell in the $250-$500 range.