Tiffany glass compote a beauty, but crack take its value down

This Tiffany "favrile," or handmade, compote would be worth hundreds of dollars if it was not cracked.

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Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 1:50 a.m.

Q: My 91 year old mother has a small, gold opalescent Tiffany bowl or compote. It is 4 5/8 inches high and 5 1/2 wide at the top. On the base there are engraved the numbers and letters 2027 J, L.C. Tiffany, Favrile. There is a tiny hairline crack on the bottom. It belonged to my grandparents and was probably a wedding gift to them in 1915. We were wondering if you had any idea of its worth.

A:You have a beautiful Art Glass compote made by one of the most recognized names in American decorative arts. L.C. Tiffany, Louis Comfort, 1848-1933, was the son of Charles L. Tiffany the founder of the famous Tiffany Jewelers. L.C. Tiffany patented the word Favrile in 1880, which means handmade.

If your Tiffany compote was not cracked it would be worth hundreds of dollars. The crack cannot be repaired. The overall beauty remains but the dollar value is gone.

Q:Enclosed are three photographs of some colored pictures which belong to a friend of mine. She has asked that I write you to see if you could shed some light on the artist, places, and value of these indigo ink etchings.

These etchings were bought by her late husband in Austria just after World War II. The dates and the name of the artist are very hard to read. One painting is of Kitsbuhel dated 1926, the second is of Grinsing 1940 and the third is dated 1928. The author is George K and the last name cannot be read. If you could help or refer her to a person that can appraise these works of art, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your assistance in this regard.

A:You have three decorative prints that appear to have some hand coloring. Etchings like these were produced by numerous artists in Europe during the late 19th century and first three decades of the 20th century, most are surprisingly affordable.

The specific artists’ name might have an effect on dollar value. I suggest you open the frames and examine both the front below the matting and the back of each picture to check for any notations. Unless they are by a notable artist, potential dollar value is less than $100 each.

Let us know what you discover on the pictures and I can finish the story.

|D.L.D., Internet

Q:It was year before last, I think, when my family and I were fortunate enough to meet you at the Library in The Forest. At that time I had a poor picture of an old clock portraying a baseball game. Finally we have a better picture. The clock portrays two boys sitting on a roof, two old men discussing a score, a water pail and cup, a player with bat, and a player with ball. You said you would like to know more about it and have a better picture.

It is a heavy metal clock. The works are in a wooden box in back of clock. The pendulum drop is missing. On the back it says Mfg. by Waterbury Clock Co. Ct. Then on paper behind striker it says Sales Room No. 4, No. 4 Cortland St., New York City. On a yellowed paper it says “Regulate by means of a screw at bottom of pendulum. If this clock runs too fast, lower the ball. If too slow, raise it.”

Although we would never part with it, a potential market value would be interesting.

|E.R., Montrose, PA

A:Waterbury Clocks are of specific collector interest. The Waterbury Clock Company was organized in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1857. By the time of the Great Depression in 1929 the company was in financial difficulties and was sold to United States Time Corporation.

The baseball theme of the cast iron case gives your clock a dual category of collector interest. I think the clock would sell higher in the sports category then in the clock category. Potential dollar value is $1000 to $2000.

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