Figural cigarette lighter
Oak Arts & Crafts desk
Seth Thomas wall clock
Q Please share with me what you know about this desk. My father (died in 1984) purchased it in northern Minnesota. He said it was from an auction of an old museum. It is a treasure no matter what its value. Thanks.
—T.O., St. Paul, Minn.
A This oak desk is a version of the Arts & Crafts design and was probably manufactured during the 1890s. The metal mounts and hardware and simple lines are typical of Arts & Crafts. In the current market I’d say this desk might be valued in the $200-$400 range.
Q This is a photo of a bronze boxer striker lighter on a marble base. He stands 5 3/8 inches tall. The base is 4 ¼ inches by 2 3/8 inches. The object next to the boxer is a tree trunk with the “match” sticking out the top. The flint is missing in the striker on thefront. Can you tell me who the boxer is, what time period this is from, and what the tree trunk means in relation to the boxer?
—L.C., Kingman, Ariz.
A Your unique figural cigarette lighter probably dates from the 1920s or so. Boxing was having a heyday then and this figure may represent Jack Dempsey or some other star boxer of that era. The figure and lighter are made out of painted cast-metal but the base appears to be marble. It would have made a nice accent piece on a man’s desk. This piece also has double appeal – as a cigarette lighter and as a boxing-related collectible. I wasn’t able to locate this exact piece in references on old cigarette lighters but I would think it could sell today in the $150-$300 range.
Q Several years ago I was given this Seth Thomas wall clock. I cannot find anything about it. It is 48 inches tall with a 12-sided face and Roman uumerals. It is a 7-day key-wind and is weight-driven. What do you think it would be worth today?
—J.M., Media. Pa.
A This Seth Thomas wall clock strongly resembles their “Wall Regulator Model No. 3.” The case could be rosewood or mahogany veneer. Some versions of this clock featured a stenciled decoration on the glass door but that might have worn off. This piece would date from the first quarter of the 20th century and, depending on condition, similar models sell today in the $1,500 to $2,500 range.