ANTIQUES

What is it? Item found in North Carolina yard


Perhaps one of our readers will have something to say about what this was used for. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.

Q: This was dug up in North Carolina while landscaping a yard several years ago. The underside of the round object is somewhat worn and no longer rounded. I thought perhaps it was used by Indians to grind corn, but it seems almost too heavy for that. I would like to know your opinion.

S.W., Starke

A: It looks too rough to have been made for any practical use. That is all I can say. Perhaps one of our readers will have something to say about it. I suggest you take it to the Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida and have them give you an opinion. Let us know what you find out.

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Q: I have a china tea set, picture enclosed, that is in excellent condition. I want to know about when it might have been made and approximate value, if any. On the back of each piece there is a black crest, see sketch, with "Empress by Man Dil Japan" written inside.

P.M., Gainesville

A: Your ornately decorated tea set was made in Japan sometime during the mid-20th century. It is a reproduction of sets made during the Victorian era in Germany. Potential dollar value is in the $50 range, perhaps more on a lucky day.

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Q: I have certainly enjoyed your newspaper articles and radio show over the years. Several times you have had callers and questions about old books. Many times you refer people to Book Inc. in Gainesville. Since they have sadly closed their door, I wanted to let you know that there are two members of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association (FABA) in our area: Of course, you know about O'Brisky Books in Micanopy. Also I, Dotti Delfino, am located in Gainesville and the current President of FABA. At the Book Chaser, many times a week, I receive calls from people wanting to know if their books have a value, and I gladly answer their questions. Another bit of information I would like to mention is that I am a professional bookbinder and restorer with many, many years of experience. If I can be of any assistance to you or your readers, please call 262-6338.

D.D., Gainesville

A: I am glad you took the time to write. I suspect our readers will benefit from this information.

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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