Handsome sideboard likely part of set
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:43 a.m.
Q: I have this armoire, which we brought from Germany with us many years ago. I have no idea how old it is, but it is a lovely piece of furniture. It is 6 feet wide, about 8˝ feet tall and 27 inches deep. The glass is leaded glass. I will be moving to a smaller home and will not be able to take this with me. Have you any suggestions as to what it may be worth and also who might be interested in purchasing something like this?
A: You have a good-looking sideboard that was likely part of a large dining room set. I think it was made during the first quarter of the 20th century. Current market interest is soft. I think it would sell in the $1,000 range, perhaps more on a lucky day.
Q: I have an antique table that I have been using as a dining table for years. It is a solid maple drop-leaf butterfly parlor table. I am not sure how old it is, but the story is that it belonged to the actress Maude Adams (1872-1953). She gave the table to my grandfather who did work around her home on Long Island. It has "295" stamped on it.
I also found some maple chairs in Tucson to match the table. I just adore them. They do not have any markings on them.
The chairs have cane seats. Do you have any idea what the age and value is of the furniture?
A: The type of drop-leaf table you have is referred to as a gate leg drop-leaf or simply a gate leg table. The support that holds the leaf up looks like a gate. I think it was made in the New England area during the last quarter of the 19th century. Potential dollar value is less than $500.
The chairs were made in America, likely during the early 20th century. Chairs like these were made in large quantities and were often marketed through Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Ward's, and other catalogs. Potential dollar value is $25 to $75 each.
Q: This is a chair that belongs to my brother-in-law in Vancouver, Wash. It was his 96-year-old father-in-law's chair. I would appreciate anything you can tell me about it. There are no markings of any kind.
A: You have a Windsor-type pub chair, likely made in America between World War I and II. The refinished chair and seat is made of several laminated pieces that can easily be seen. Originally, the entire chair was stained dark so that the uneven look and various opposing grain lines would not be visible. Potential dollar value is less than $50.
Q: I have a pen and pencil set which was given to my father in the mid-1950s. It was a gift from his boss after working for the company for a number of years. It is in the original box and has never been used. It is a Parker 61. Could you give me any suggestion on the value?
A: Fountain pens are a specific category of collecting. The Parker 61 pen and pencil set was discontinued by the company in 1970. Currently, it is not far up on the totem pole of collector interest, but will likely become more desirable over the next few years. If it was sold currently, it would likely sell in the $100 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 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email email@example.com.
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