ANTIQUES

Convertible game tables date back to the late 18th century


This card table was likely made after World War II. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 11:44 a.m.

Q: I am sending pictures of a table that I just refinished. I found it in a shed at my son's house. It is a beautiful oak table, and the top folds in half. To open it, you spin the top and then fold it open. It is the size of a card table. I am curious to know the value of the table. As I said, I refinished it because it had been abused very badly with deep gouges in the top. Thank you for any information you can give me.

J.M., Internet

A: Convertible game tables first appeared in England and Europe in the late 18th century. Your card table was made in the 20th century, likely after World War II. You certainly did the right thing by refinishing your Queen Anne-style card table. Now it can be used as it was meant to be used — as a card and game table. Potential dollar value is $250 to $500.

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Q: I am forwarding photos of my parents' bedroom furniture from around 1935. I would like to inquire as to how much this set might be worth. The only thing that is missing is the dresser's mirror.

R.A.H., Gainesville

A: The three-piece set of bedroom furniture was made in America, possibly in Grand Rapids, Mich. The overall style is a mix of earlier period styles. Some refer to the style as Depression-era furniture because it was manufactured during the Depression. Numerous furniture manufacturers produced it in large quantities. Currently market interest is very low. It would be better kept than sold. If you got $500 for the set, it would be a lucky day.

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Q: I am sending some pictures of a love seat. I do not know much about it. It sits in my mother-in-law's dining area. It was reupholstered many years ago. I was unable to find a makers mark, and I believe at one time it had a matching single chair that went with it. You will see in the pictures a lion's head, three-toed feet, etc. My mother-in-law believes it to be at least 100 years old. Anything you can tell me about it would be great. I am interested in its replacement, insurance and potential sale value.

E., Internet

A: Your love seat was made in America circa 1890 to 1910. The style is late Empire Revival. A typical set often included sofa, armchair and four side chairs. Current market interest in the style is low. Potential dollar value is $100 to $200.

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Q: I had a book that was 125 years old and in terrible condition. I had it refurbished by an very experienced bookbinder in Daytona Beach. I live in Ocala, but it was well worth the trip. His name is Paul Sawyer, English Hand Bookbinder, 42 years experience in restoration, fine binding and gold stamping. He is at 519 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32118. The phone number is 386-253-1161. I gave several of his bookmarks to the Ocala libraries. He did an excellent job restoring my book.

N.F., Internet

A: Thank you for taking the time to write and give us a referral for a good bookbinder.

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 absantique@aol.com.

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