Kyle on Antiques: Condition makes book just a good read

bamboo standQ I’ve had this stand forever and have tried to find out more about it. My furniture books do not have a lot of information about bamboo items. Do you know the approximate age of my bamboo stand? Do you think it may be a reproduction? Does it have any value?
– C.W., Midland, Texas

AYour three-shelved stand appears to be a late Victorian original with bamboo-turned legs and slats so popular during the last decades of the 19th century. It could have been produced at any number of American furniture factories. It appears to be in fine condition and might retail in the $150-$300 range.

5Landscape.jpgQThis watercolor is 6 inches by 8 inches. It is signed, but the signature is unclear. It is  H.M. (or A.M.) Brone (or Boone). Are you familiar with the artist?
– H.L. Greeneville, Tenn.

AI checked some art references to see if I could track down the likely artist of this nice landscape. However, as is often the case, I couldn’t make a match. There were hundreds of talented amateurs working in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century and this was probably done by one of them. The flat oak frame and style of work would date this to the Arts and Crafts era of the early 20th century. It’s not terribly large but quite pretty. I think it the right market it might be valued in the $150-$300 range.

7BTitanicBook.jpgQCan you tell me anything about this book about the Titanic disaster? It’s not in very good condition, but I’m curious about it.
– S.T., Lower Burrell, Pa.

AThis book was one of a number of titles that were published not long after the tragic shipwreck. 7TitanicBook.jpgGenerally these books haven’t had a very strong market although the demand certainly increased after the release of the movie a few years ago. The other problem is that your volume is in terrible condition and isn’t something that any serious bookseller would offer for sale. It’s what they refer to as a “reading copy” and that’s how I’d enjoy your edition.