Antique or Junque from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:18:52 -0800 Antique or Junque from Creators Syndicate e6a2c7136b7a5f8a689bc3ecc64507ac Bellflowers Inspired by Baltimore Cabinetmakers for 04/24/2020 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique chest that I inherited from my parents. It is 41 inches tall, 42 inches wide and 20 inches deep. It is made of cherry. It has inlay on the drawers and floral inlay on the columns. The chest is in very good condition and has the original finish. I'm not sure if the pulls are original. </p> <p>I hope you can provide information on the vintage and value.</p> <p>A: Your chest was made between 1820 and 1840 during the late Federal period of furniture and the beginning of the Empire era. The overhanging top drawer above three graduating-in-size smaller drawers, the stringing inlay on the drawers, the three-part bellflowers inlay on the pilasters, and the keyhole escutcheons were all made by a cabinetmaker. Three-part bellflower stringing can be traced back to the work of cabinetmakers in Baltimore. Bellflowers with one part were made in New York. Similar chests were made of maple, mahogany or cherry. The pulls often were mushroom-shaped, glass or brass rosettes. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> a1e0492e4408798f9190405164922e57 Cameo Classics Chronicle Cruel Prison Life for 04/17/2020 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: This is a photo of the cover of a Cameo Classics hardcover book that I have. On the cover is the title: "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde. In the center of the cover is an ivory cameo of a man. It was published by Grosset and Dunlap in New York. </p> <p>It was given to me by a friend, and I would like to know more about its age, origin and value, if any. </p> <p>A: <span class="column--highlighted-text">Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde wrote "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." Wilde was imprisoned to hard labor for "gross indecency" from 1895 to 1897.</span> He began serving his sentence at New Gate, London, England, and later was transferred to the prison at Reading Gaol in Reading, Berkshire, England. "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was a poem he wrote after his release from prison in 1897. Wilde chronicled the harsh prison life and the hanging of fellow prisoner Charles Thomas Wooldridge. Grosset and Dunlap reprinted illustrated classics from 1935 to the 1940s. The series was published in black cloth with gold stamping and a raised ivory cameo in the center of the covers. It was affordable. Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854 and died in Paris in 1900. "The Picture of Dorian Gray," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Salome" are a few of his famous works. Cameo Classics books usually include slipcases.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> 454f78e0d1b7eba1c3e073d977930d3d Nineteenth-Century DIY Child's Chair for 04/10/2020 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique child's chair. It stands about 18 inches tall, and the seat is 11 inches by 11 inches. I think the thick seat is oak. The frame and spindles are some type of hard wood. I was told that the frame, legs and spindles were sold by traveling salesmen in rural areas. All the buyer had to do was provide the wood plank for the seat and then glue it all together. We think it has survived in our family since the late 1800s. The chair is in excellent condition.</p> <p>Anything you can tell me about our chair will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: The design of your smoker's bow child's chair is rooted in the Windsor chairs made in the early 1800s. The curved back, also known as a smoker's bow, was supported by spindles. It was made by steaming the wood to create the bow. <span class="column--highlighted-text">In the full-sized chairs, the back was called the smoker's bow because the curved arms were the right size to support a person's arm when smoking a pipe. </span>The legs, stretchers and spindles were turned by the maker. A variety of woods was used, including beech, elm, ash, walnut and maple.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> 36c4cbaca9a84f6e357c7329a6e5b3ea Sheraton Table Has Faux Bamboo Legs for 04/03/2020 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique table that has been passed down in our family for generations. It is walnut. It has one drawer and legs that have raised circles at regular intervals. It stands about 24 inches tall and 34 inches wide. The finish is the original and in excellent condition. The table was in the home my father grew up in in upstate New York. According to family lore, the table was originally higher. Because the floors were washed with lye soap, it wore the legs down. Interestingly, the home is now a New York historical site. </p> <p>My grandson has always liked the table and would like to have it for his home. I would appreciate any information you can provide.</p> <p>A: Your table with faux bamboo legs is an example of the Sheraton period of furniture. The turned legs are round and made to resemble bamboo by a cabinet maker. It is circa 1800 and was made by an accomplished cabinet maker. The Sheraton period of design was from 1780 to 1820. Thomas Sheraton was an English furniture designer and cabinet maker. He was influenced by French King Louis XVI and Directoire styles. His later work was on the cusp of the Empire era and became a little more heavy in design. English cabinet markers Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite were peers of Sheraton. Cherry, maple and walnut were often used by American cabinet makers. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> 493d7a4096a6276b9503271fb875b12e Brittany Girls Series Inspired by British Countryside for 03/27/2020 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique porcelain pitcher. It is decorated with a scene of a young woman holding a basket. She is wearing a long dress and a head scarf. Above her is a country scene against a blue band. The pitcher is about 6 inches tall and is in excellent condition. On the bottom of the pitcher are the words "Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria."</p> <p>Any information regarding the age, maker and origin will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: Your pitcher was made at the Tettau Porcelain Factory. They have been located in the small village of Tettau in the beautiful Bavarian ski country since 1794. Porcelain that was marked "Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria" was made from 1870 to 1919. It is believed that porcelain pieces marked "Royal Bayreuth" were intended for export to the United States. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Your pitcher is decorated in the style of their Brittany Girls series that was inspired by the Britain's rural countryside.</span> The transfer print scenes decorated novelty pieces that include pitchers, candlestick holders, dresser sets, teapots, small dishes and salt and pepper shakers. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> e737aef70a4eac7f6232246031035c4d Shakespeare As You Like It for 03/20/2020 Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: This is a photo of a small leather-bound book titled "The Globe Edition: The Works of William Shakespeare." The book is about 7 inches high with gilt lettering on the spine, gilt on the edges of all the pages, 1,075 pages and text arranged in double columns. The spine has 7 raised bands. The title is in the second band. The rest have a gold fleur-de-lis motif. It was edited by William George Clark and William Aldis Wright and published by MacMillan and Co. in London in 1867. Despite a small amount of foxing on some of the pages, the book is in very good condition, and there are no inscriptions.</p> <p>What can you tell me about my book and its history?</p> <p>A: William Shakespeare wrote many of his plays and sonnets from 1585 to 1613. The Globe Edition was targeting a broad audience and they published several editions. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 8cf5381beba09aa993862be49286c64c Peacock Vase Is Puzzling for 03/13/2020 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Q: Attached is a photo of a strange and wonderful vase that I purchased at an antiques store a while ago. I sent the piece to my sister, who has a small antiques shop and she had never seen anything it. She then took it to a reputable antiques dealer that she knew. The dealer had been in the antiques business for many years, and she was also puzzled by it.</p> <p>The piece is 16 inches tall at the brim, with the peacocks' beaks slightly higher than the top of the vase. The diameter of the base is 7 3/4 inches. There are no markings on the bottom, with the exception of round grey circles where it sat in the kiln. It is in mint condition with no crazing, chips or cracks. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> 962cc3d65d487d9a48061d43767d58fd Oak Bookshelf Has No Maker's Mark for 03/06/2020 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of a small antique oak bookshelf. The two shelves are open, and the top shelf is slanted. It stands about 27 inches tall, 24 inches wide and 10 inches deep and is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's mark. My husband bought at an antiques shop 30 years ago for his home office. We are moving to a retirement community and have to decide what to keep and what to sell or give away.</p> <p>Anything you can tell me about the maker, vintage and value will be greatly appreciated.</p> <p>A: Without a manufacturer's mark or label, it can be impossible to identify the maker. Many similar oak pieces were made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Your book shelf was made around 1900 and would probably be worth $175 to $275.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> 1db95efe2c318d7fccbf437012e4453d Egg Cup Does Double Duty for 02/28/2020 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique milk glass double egg cup. It stands about 4 inches tall, has a basket weave pattern and is in mint condition. On the inside of the small part are the words "Pat'd June 30th, 1874." When I hold the cup to the light, I can see a red-orange flame quality to the glass.</p> <p>I have had it for over 50 years and would like to know more about its maker, age and value.</p> <p>A: Your opaque double egg cup is a good example of antique opal milk glass. The flame you see when the cup is held to the light is similar to fire opal stones. The smaller portion of the cup was used for placing a soft-boiled egg, and the larger part is for an egg that has been broken. The patented date, "June 30th, 1874" documents when the pattern was registered with the government. Atterbury Glass Co. made your cup. They were in business in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, from 1859 to 1902. Their basket weave pattern was available in several other pieces that include cream pitchers, candy dishes and sugar bowls. Opaque milk glass was also made in blue and green. Whimsical milk glass pieces were made in the late 1800s. Covered chickens, covered ducks and animal figures appeal to collectors of milk glass.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> 26f93c80323d4039d6ffc2669c54770b Gold Coin Was Minted in 1928 for 02/21/2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique gold coin that I have. It is mounted in an 18-karat gold bezel and has a 16-inch, 14-karat gold rope chain. On one side there is the image of the American eagle with the words "United States of America &#8212; In God We Trust &#8212; 2 1/2 Dollars - E Pluribus Unum." On the other side is the profile of a Native American in a full headdress, 13 stars and the words "Liberty &#8212; BLP &#8212; 1928." My grandfather gave it my mother when she was a child in 1928. It is in excellent condition.</p> <p>I would never part with it, but I'd like to know more about its history and its insurance value.</p> <p>A: The 2 1/2-dollar gold coins were minted in Philadelphia from 1908 to 1929. The letters "BLP" represent Bela Lyon Pratt, the Boston sculptor. He designed the image of the Native American and the American bald eagle. Pratt was born in Connecticut in 1867 and studied his craft with United States Mint coin engraver, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Because the details of the design were indented into the gold, people were concerned that it would harbor germs. It didn't. The 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> f1d44f7050f49c610cf24eb47e190dd2 Family Treasure Rocks for 02/14/2020 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique rocker that has been handed down in our family. It belonged to our great-grandmother. She passed away in the late 1930s, so it must be close to 100 years old. It is oak, and it has the original leather seat and decorative carving on the back.</p> <p>Our rocker is a family treasure. We always refer to it as "Grandma Renner's rocker." We would never part with it, but we'd like to know more about its history. Anything you can tell us about our rocker will be appreciated. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 669acff31e0b39e4b2a8cedc39566b22 Silver Crest Dish Made for Bonbons for 02/07/2020 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of a small milk-glass candy dish that was given to me in 1959. Although the dish is milk glass, the ruffled edge is clear glass. It is over 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height, and it is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's name on it, but I think originally there was a Fenton Glass Co. label. I am downsizing and trying to decide what to keep and what to toss.</p> <p>Any information you can provide will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: Frank and John Fenton founded the Fenton Glass Co. in Williamstown, West Virginia, in 1905. You have a bonbon dish that is part of the Silver Crest line. In 1942, it replaced their Crystal Crest pattern that can be distinguished by an opal edge. When held to the light, the Crystal Crest pattern had a luminous opal glow. Silver Crest was a huge success and was in production until the 1980s. It was less complicated and less expensive to produce. They produced a plethora of dishes including baskets, epergnes, bowls, candleholders, vases, punch bowls and vanity sets. Silver Crest production reached a peak in the 1960s. In 1969, they introduced the hand-painted line Violets in the Snow, followed by the Apple Blossom pattern. Both patterns were the creation of Fenton's Louise Piper. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> ecd55b28ce74c539e88106533c7960d4 Chests Gave Young Women Hope for 01/31/2020 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of a red cedar hope chest that belonged to my paternal grandmother. She was born in 1893 and died in 1977. She lived most of her life in Osceola, Nebraska. On the bottom of the chest, there is a seal with the words "Roos Mfg., Co. 967 W. 20th St. Chicago." There are copper brackets on the lid, and the overall condition is excellent.</p> <p>Any information you can provide about this hope chest and its value will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: Your hope chest was made by Roos Manufacturing Co., which was founded by Edward Roos in Chicago in 1871. He was born in Germany in 1848 and migrated through Sweden to the United States. Hope chests have a rich tradition that can be traced back to a time when families arranged marriages and exchanged properties. Many young women had hope chests in anticipation of a future marriage. They collected bed linens, clothing, towels, needlework and quilts. In the Midwest, they were called hope chests; glory boxes in Australia; and trousseau chests in Europe. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 3516914fdeae2149c782f59b20f6b78b Cabinet Is on the Cusp of Arts and Crafts Era for 01/24/2020 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of an antique oak cabinet that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother. There are four adjustable shelves on each side and behind glass doors. The approximate dimensions are 60 inches tall, 17 inches deep and 50 inches wide. Other than being refinished, it is in excellent condition. </p> <p>Do you think it has any value?<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> e8d2af0c995afbe0d82f16782ffa7ae8 Chair Carving Featured North Wind for 01/17/2020 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: We have enclosed a photo of a mahogany wood chair that is decorated with unique carvings. We believe it is the face of the North Wind, and it has never been refinished. It originally belonged to our father-in-law's grandmother. </p> <p>We have been wondering if it has any value.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> bb5bb79d26f714efb0134f5ade7ea0b0 Famille Rose Porcelain Made in China for 01/10/2020 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain teapot and a pair of matching cups and saucers. They are decorated with pink flowers, birds and figures against a white background. I inherited them from my grandmother at least 40 years ago, but I know nothing about their history, vintage or value.</p> <p>Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> f06d2dabba5333e31f0eddf1ecb9e721 Clock Stands the Test of Time for 01/03/2020 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of an antique key-wind brass clock that has been in my family for several generations. It stands at about 10 inches tall, has beveled glass on all four sides and both the front and back can be opened. The face is porcelain and is marked with the letter "A" in a square and has Roman numerals. On the lower portion of the face are the words "Manufactured by Ansonia &#8212; New York &#8212; United States of America." Also on the back are the words "Ansonia &#8212; New York." It is an eight-day clock and strikes on the hour and the half-hour. I have the original key, and it is in good working condition.</p> <p>Our clock has survived all these years, and I would never part with it, but I would like to know more about its history and value.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> 15e8a2ec0162e64c64dc8c8f38318a7c Image Spitting Was Gross for 12/20/2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: Enclosed is a spittoon &#8212; I think that is what it was called &#8212; and it was given to us in 1990 when an elderly friend moved out of the home she had been born in. She was 88 years old at the time and said it was her father's, so it must be over 100 years old. Now we are downsizing and wonder if this has any value other than as a conversation piece? It is in excellent condition, and any markings that might have been on the bottom are gone. It is pretty; you can see the beading edging around the top and the flowers, which do not look hand-painted.</p> <p>Thank you for any information you can give us about it.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> 32772278ecad070db1879783dbf79754 Marble Top Stand Made in China for 12/13/2019 Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: I bought this antique plant stand at an antiques auction almost 40 years ago. It is in very good condition, and it is about 36 inches tall with a pink mark on top. It appears to be decorated with hand-carved flowers. The underside of the marble is marked with Asian script. </p> <p>What can you tell me about my stand, and what might be the insurance value?<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> c9b35948d6fe8f8f1615dd014889a1d6 Electric Santa Ornament Lights Up 4 Generations for 12/06/2019 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: Enclosed is a picture of a Santa ornament. He is about 9 inches tall and made of plastic with a metal back. There is an electric cord, and he lights up when it's plugged in. His metal back is flat, so he can be hung on the wall or can stand on a shelf or table. All is in very good condition, including the electric cord and plug. There are no markings on it that would tell us anything about its origin. We know he is at least 85 years old because my husband's mother gave it to us when our first child was born, and it was a Christmas decoration when my husband, who will be 89 next year, was a child. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now the fourth generation is enjoying it, and we would appreciate any information about its background.</span> We would also like to know if it is of any value other than as a family keepsake.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p>