Pony tricycle likely a reproduction

If this pony tricycle was an original, it would date back to the 19th century. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 2:46 p.m.

Q: Could you please tell me if this tricycle is a restoration, a replica or maybe an antique? I have included pictures. It came from an extremely nice estate in Micanopy. It has uneven rust on most of the metal.

J., Internet

A: If your child's pony tricycle were original, it would date back to the 19th century. They have been reproduced for at least 30 years. Based on your photograph, I think you have a reproduction. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.

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Q: I have attached a photo of a painting that we acquired from a home we bought from an estate. The painting appears to be an oil or acrylic. It is signed, but the signature is not clear. The first letter seems to be "R," then there are several unreadable letters and "ck." or "ok."

It is a very nice painting, and I wonder if you can give me any idea of its value and the name of the artist. The back of the frame has a price written on it of $450.

B.C., Internet

A: Your photograph of the painting is fairly clear. I am almost sure you do not have a painting. It is likely some sort of print process. I suggest you have it looked at to determine if it is a print or painting.

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Q: I have an original, signed oil painting by Rominer Lovewell. It is 6 inches by 9 inches, and is a landscape with trees in the background and a pond in the foreground. Lovewell did most of his work around New England and from the colors, the piece looks like a fall scene. Lovewell was from the Everett, Mass., area, and died there in 1932. The piece was given to my grandparents, who apparently knew the artist and who also lived in Everett in 1927. I am trying to find more information about the piece and what the current retail value would be. Any ideas?

S., Internet

A: I wish you had included a photograph of your painting. Rominer Lovewell was born in 1853, and lived until 1932, as you mention. His specialty was marine and nautical paintings. He was a member of the Boston Art Club and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Lovewell exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1892. His marine paintings sell for less than the $1,000 level.

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Q: Attached are photos of two Florida license plates. They are from 1941 and 1966, and are in very good condition. What might they be worth?

A.B., Internet

A: License plates are a category of collecting. Most collectors prefer plates from the early 20th century. Potential dollar value is less than $50 for the two.

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 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email

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