Ask Antique Trader: Benedict Arnold’s ship belongs in museum

The photo is part of the stem and keel that was raised in 1952 in Lake Champlain and was Benedict Arnold’s flagship until scuttled in Battle in 1776 during the American Revolution. My father raised several ships from that battle that are now in museums. Can you help find a home for this relic and give a value?
— H.H., Mattituck, N.Y.

A You have a piece of history that belongs in a museum. As such I can’t put a value on it. However I suggest you contact Sotheby’s and Christies auction houses in New York who do nautical item auctions.

Q We have had this bed and dresser in our family for numerous years. I would like to know the age, history and value.
— D.R., Malibu, Calif.

A Your furniture is a combination of styles including Renaissance Revival with Oriental accents. It was made in the late 19th century, commissioned by the buyer. Look for some kind of maker’s stamp. The two pieces could sell at auction for $20,000 or more. It would pay you to have a professional appraiser take a look.

Q I would like to know something about this vase with the raised designs. It has a double F mark on the bottom. My grandfather acquired it during the Depression from a family in his apartment building moving and selling everything.
— V.M.W., Lantana, Fla.

A You have a beautiful Majolica vase, possibly French, made in the 1870s. Many countries made this pottery with raised, enameled motifs from flowers to birds like the parrots on yours. While many were marked, such as Wedgwood, Minton, others haven’t been documented. I researched you mark without success. Your vase could sell at auction for $400 or more.

Q I was wondering what this small, drop leaf antique table is worth and its age.
— A.C., Prince Edward Island, Canada

A Your country style table was made in the 1840s. Similar pieces n good condition sell in shops for $300.

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