Berry bowl holds plenty of interest
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
Q: I am enclosing a picture of a china bowl marked "RS Prussia" that I received many years ago from an elderly friend. The bowl is approximately 11 inches in diameter. It has a satin-sheen finish and is beautifully decorated in gold. The bowl is in pristine condition with a picture of an elk or deer in the center.
Could you tell me about how old this piece of china might be and its approximate value?
A: Your attractive berry bowl was made in Germany prior to World War I. R.S. Prussia has been a specific category of collecting for several decades. Reinhold Schlegelmilch started his porcelain factory in 1869 in Suhl, Germany. Your bowl is likely more than 100 years old. The stag decoration at the center of the bowl adds to collector interest. I think it would sell in the $150 to $300 range.
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Q: I have attached five pictures of a creamer and sugar set that has been in my family more than 100 years. I have tried to show the mark on the bottom of the frame. They were a wedding present to my grandparents at the turn of the century. For an idea of the age, my mom was born in 1904 in Rochester, N.Y., about four years after their marriage.Anything you can tell me about these would be welcome.
A: The photographs are out of focus but at least clear enough to help. The metal portions or standards that hold the beautiful blue milk glass with white enamel and gilt decoration were made by the Meriden Britannia Company located in Meriden, Conn. The overall style is Aesthetic Revival. It was popular during the last quarter of the 19th century, the era your cream and sugar were produced. Current potential dollar value is $75 to $150 for the pair.
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Q: The enclosed pictures are of a paperweight given to me at the moon shot in 1969 by one of the space doctors. It is gold-plated. The hole in the middle holds a small American flag. It shows the surface of the moon with the names of the areas. I am wondering if it has value to a space-item collector. If so, could you tell me the value?
A: There is collector interest in space exploration memorabilia. However, the item you have is not what those interested are looking for. Current potential dollar value is below $50. I suggest you write the story of how you got it and pass it on in the family.
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Q: Enclosed is my friend's photograph of her Sheraton table. She saw it on television, and it was valued at $10,000. I told her to get an appraisal from you. The table opens up and has all sorts of surprises, leaves, etc.
B.T., Salt Springs
A: The Sheraton style originated in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Although the outward appearance of your friend's game table is in Sheraton style, combination game to dining tables were not made until the 20th century, so the dollar value of your friend's table is not $10,000. It would likely sell in the $150 to $300 range.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, ‘’Sikorski’s Attic,’’ on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville,
FL 32608-2015; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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