Titanic book written by one of the survivors
Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.
Q: With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, I remembered as a child having a book about the Titanic. So off to the bookshelves to find it. It is "The Loss Of The S.S. Titanic" by Lawrence Beesley, one of the survivors, published June 1912. The book has 302 pages, and is in good condition, with most of the wear on the outside. Can you tell us anything about the book, the author and, maybe, a value?
A: You have a very collectible book that was written by Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of the Titanic. He wrote the book shortly after the tragic event in 1912. The overall condition appears to be average. I think it would sell in the $250 range, perhaps more on a lucky day. If you are considering selling the book, a good venue would be Swann Galleries Auction in New York. The website is www. swanngalleries.com
Q: I have a chair that I am trying to research and find out its worth and story. The chair has the name "Henshaw Furniture" on its under seat, and the numbers "654 2."
A: The Henshaw family moved from England to America in 1846, and reestablished their furniture business in Cincinnati. The company went on to become one of the larger furniture manufacturers in the Midwest. They produced period reproductions. The armchair style you have is taken from late 16th to early 17th century England. Current potential dollar value is $150 to $300.
Q: My mother was a teacup and cup collector, and acquired a porcelain cup that says "RS Prussia" on the bottom. It is in excellent condition, and I understand that the word Prussia was changed to Germany in 1871. Can you give me any more information on this cup? A friend suggested that a historical society may be interested in the cup, but I have no idea whom I could contact.
A: Prussia was a large part of northern Europe, existing from 1701 as an independent state until 1871, when it came under Germany. The word "Prussia" as an export mark was in use until the 1920s. The RS Prussia backstamp was used by Rhinehold Schelegelmilch Porcelain Company. They produced massive quantities of ornately decorated porcelain tableware for export to the United States and Canada.
The pretty porcelain has been a specific category of collecting for decades, referred to by collectors as "RS Prussia." You did not include a photograph of your Prussia cup. Relative to potential dollar value, if the decoration is floral only, it would sell for less than $50. If you like, send photographs.
Q: I have an 8/Super 8 mm projector and an 8mm movie camera. Are these worth anything to anyone — perhaps a museum?
A: Movie cameras and projectors were manufactured in massive quantities. Without a photograph and specific information about your projector and camera, that is all I can say.
Q: Do you know where I can find some information on Royal Crown Bavaria Germany china that I possess?
A: Because there is no specific collector interest in the company name, information about the company is not available in any one publication. Perhaps I can help further if you can be more specific about your inquiry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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