Waterbury clock could sell for $600 to $1,200
Published: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.
Q: I am attaching some photos of my antique clock. My mother gave it to me, and it is supposed to be more than 100 years old. I would like to have your opinion as to its worth. The glass is hand painted, supposedly from an artist in Providence, R.I.
A: You have a good-looking, two-weight-driven wall clock made in America by the Waterbury Clock Company. The reverse-painted glass panel below the dial appears to be in excellent condition. The date of production is mid to late 19th century. I think it would sell in the $600 to $1,200 range. Since you are considering selling the clock, it would be a good idea to contact a specialty clock auction company in the northeast. R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts in Windham, N.H., specializes in clocks. The website is www.roschmitt.com, and the phone number is 603-432-2237. Good luck, and let us how things work out.
Q: I have attached photos of what I believe are candlestick holders. They had graced my great aunt's table from at least the time I was a child 50 years ago. I do not know what the metal is. They have "WB Mfg" on the bottom.
A: The bird-motif candleholders with wonderful character reflecting mid-20th century style appear to be made of pewter. They were made by the Weidlich Bros. Mfg. Company located in Bridgeport, Conn. The company was in business from 1901-1950. I think the two would sell in the $100 range, perhaps more on a lucky day. I suggest you hold onto them, as they will probably increase in value.
Q: My elderly mother has inherited a collection of 80 Swarovski crystal animals. My mom has no desire to keep them, and could use whatever money they may bring in to her. Is she better off selling them as a collection or individually? On eBay or to an antiques mall, etc.?
A: Daniel Swarovski started the company in Tirol, Austria, in 1895. The company continues into current times located in Zürich, Switzerland, with 11 manufacturing facilities in other countries, including in the United States in Rhode Island.
Here are two suggestions to sell them: Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, N.C., at 800-REPLACE and Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago at www.lesliehindman.com. Both companies deal in Swarovski crystal. Good luck.
Q: I recently received a collection of early 20th century popular and classical sheet music, including an 1895 edition of the piano score and vocal parts for Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel." Some of the sheets are in poor condition, but others are in fair to good shape, as the paper is coated stock and not acid based. What can you tell me about their value?
A: Sheet music is a specific category of collecting. Most sheet music was produced in large quantities, so collectors are very particular about condition. I suggest you contact a specialist in sheet music. A good website that offers appraisals and advice is www.sheetmusiccollectibles.com. The phone number is 813-949-4111.
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.