I’ve received a couple of letters from readers providing some additional information on pieces discussed in recent columns.
Thomas Jaros of North Carolina wrote to confirm that the rose-embossed Victorian-style lamp shown in the Sep. 26 column was produced by the L.G. Wright Glass Co. within the past few decades. Although it’s not antique, nice L.G. Wright lamps are still very collectible.
Robert Weisner of Pennsylvania wrote that the scene shown on the tapestry in the Sept. 19, 2007, column is of the Pegnitz River in Nurnberg, Germany, one of his favorite locations. Mr. Weisner has several images of this scene around his home and expressed an interest in this tapestry too.
As always, I appreciate this additional input about items covered in the column. – Kyle
Q I paid $500 for this china cabinet in 1968. Is it worth anything today?
– A.P., Anderson, Ind.
A This curved glass china cabinet is the type widely popular from the 1890s until about World War I. Dozens of versions were manufactured by numerous American factories and they remain popular with collectors today. Based on the general design and carving on your example, I believe today it might retail in the $600-$900 range.
Q We recently paid $55 for this floor lamp at a garage sale. The marking contains the following information: “Carved from solid mahogany – E. Kopriw Co. Chicago, Ill.” Did we make a good buy? What might be the age of this lamp?
– G.C., Coffeyville, Kan.
A This nicely carved mahogany floor lamp was probably produced during the first quarter of the 20th century, circa 1920-1940. Not many American furniture pieces were marked before that era and the design of this piece has an antique revival look. All sorts of antique revival and Colonial revival pieces were widely produced starting in the late 19th century and continuing through the 1930s. The lamp is nicely done and so would have a good decorative value, perhaps in the $150-$250 range, depending on local demand.
Q This mantle clock has been in my family for many years. I was told by a clockmaker that the suspension spring regulator was designed by a Parisian clockmaker and that it may date back to the last half of the 19th century. The clock case is made of marble and the face is made of china (I think). The clock chimes on the hour and on the half-hour. It keeps good time. Could you tell me anything about the clockmaker and the value of the clock?
–C.K., Brooklyn, N.Y.
A Your small mantel clock is typical of decorative examples produced in France in the late 19th century. I suspect the case is actually onyx rather than white marble, but it’s still a desirable piece if in good working order. There may be some markings on the clock works that might offer some more details on where and when it was made. In the antique clock market, I’d put a value of around $200-$400 on this piece.
Q This vase was given to me in 1950. Do you know its present value?
–G.J., Sutter Creek, Calif.
A Your Rookwood vase is a nice example of their mat glaze and, if I’m reading the mark correctly, was potted in 1930. The monogram on the base appears to be that of the Rookwood artist Sallie Coyne who was working in the 1920s and 1930s. If the piece is perfect, with no chips, cracks or serious crazing, the value will depend a lot on the size. A vase around 7 inches tall might sell in the $500 range while a taller one, around 10 inches high, might go for around $800.