Q Do you think my mirror has any value? It’s also a hat rack.
– J.W., Clementon, N.J.
A This combination wall mirror and hat rack was produced in the late 19th century, probably between 1890 and 1910. It appears to be hardwood with a reddish mahogany stain. In the right market I could see it selling in the $150-$250 range.
Q My butter churn has no name on it, but does have a little mark on the bottom. I think it’s from the early 1900s. Do you agree?
– R.S., Tucson, Ariz.
A I wish you had described the printed mark on this stoneware pottery butter churn. I believe the piece likely dates from the 1890-1910 era. Some butter churns of the era, especially those from well-known firms such as Red Wing Union Stoneware, can bring quite high prices. However, such churns by lesser known potteries sell for modest values, perhaps in the $100-$250 range.
Q I’ve recently moved from a large home to a much smaller one, and find I must sell some of my things. This sewing table is in good shape. Might it be worth anything?
– P.J., Newark, N.J.
A Your Federal-Style sewing table is typical of the Colonial Revival pieces manufactured during the 1920s-1940s. The photo shows some nice mahogany veneering on the drawer front so this was apparently a well-made piece. I would think in the current market it might be valued in the $100-$200 range.
Q I have this chair, but am at a loss for any information about it – style, age, value, etc. Can you tell anything from this picture?
– C.M.T., Chicago, Ill.
A This primitive ladder-back chair is typical of examples widely produced during the 19th century. It was a common design and your piece could date to as early as 1850 but might be later. They are nice country pieces but being quite common, they don’t generally bring too much, perhaps in the $50-$100 range.
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