Family member might find sofa worth keeping
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Q: Please assist me with the following questions in reference to my antique Victorian loveseat. Attached are several photos of a Victorian-style loveseat that I inherited in the 1970s from my maternal grand- mother, who had inherited it from her mother and/or grandmother who lived in the Boston area since at least the mid-1800s. My older brother recalls the sofa vividly at my great-grandmother's house where he lived during World War II. My mother had it reupholstered and all of the wood refinished, along with a fitted cover, which I have kept on it most of the time. It is beautiful and in perfect condition. Unfor- tunately, I will not have any space for it any longer. Can you advise its approximate age, value and how best to go about attempting to sell it? Any insights you can provide will be most appreciated.
— L.N., Internet
A: During the Victorian era, 1830-1901, furniture manufacturers repeated the popular styles of earlier periods. There were numerous revival styles produced in the United States, England and Europe. Your sofa is in the French Rococo Revival style. It was made in America during the last quarter of the 19th century. Sofas like yours were manufactured in large quantities and currently are out of favor in the antiques marketplace. It would be better to hold on for now or perhaps pass it on to a family member. Currently, it would sell in the $250 to $500 range.
Q: I was given the pitcher and bowl set in these photos by a dear elderly friend. They are quite large and have a gold rimming. I have been told they originated from a hotel located in the north and that they are quite old. I also have a vase, sugar bowl with lid, and what my mother-in- law calls a “pee pot” that all match this set. The marking on the bottom of each item is “The Colonial,” but I have not gotten far when researching antique colonial china. Any chance you might possibly have information on these items?
— S.N., Internet
A: The style of your pitcher and bowl set is Rococo Revival. It was manufactured by the Colonial China Company located in East Liverpool, Ohio, from 1903 until 1929. The bird's head and reef mark indicates it was produced in 1907. The original time frame for Rococo Revival is the 19th century, so your set was made after the period. The name is not one on the collectors' want list of recognized makers. Potential dollar value is less than $200 for the set.
Q: I wrote to you about one year ago about a stein I have that
is from Germany with “Heidelberg SS” and his father's name on it. He belonged to Hitler's army. I lost the info that you gave me, the gentleman's name in Gainesville for me to contact. I was wondering if you still have that info, since I do have other German articles that I would love to bring to him. Thank you again for your help.
— K.S., Internet
A: The person to contact is Geoffrey S. Giles at his office phone number, 392-0271, ext. 245. He is professor of German history at the University of Florida in the Department of History.
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.