Sheet music cabinets run the scale from plain to fancy
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.
Q: Enclosed is a photo of a music stand that belonged to my grandmother. It was owned by her in the early 1920s. The wood appears to be mahogany. It was made by the Tindale Cabinet Company in New York. There are 20 drawers of varying sizes, with slats at the bottom of the drawers. Do you know what the value is?
A: Sheet music cabinets were manufactured in America, England and Europe during the 19th and on into the 20th century. They were produced in a wide variety of styles from plain vanilla to fancy bronze mounted cabinets with inlaid exotic veneers. Your sheet music cabinet, in the French manner, was manufactured by the Tindale Company, known for quality, music-related furniture. I think it would sell in the $250 to $500 range.
Q: My brother-in-law recently found a beautiful Oriental serving set at a yard sale, and he has asked me to help him identify it.
Attached is a photograph of the entire set, which consists of a central bowl surrounded by six oddly shaped, nesting, matched bowls that form a ring around the central bowl. All sit atop a very nicely made lazy Susan-type of wooden pedestal that rotates.
Kept with this set was an old newspaper article pointing to Japanese Imari pottery, but I see some Imari is quite old. I can find no makers marks on the bottom of any of the bowls or on the pedestal. Can you help me identify this set, and perhaps provide a ballpark estimate of value, please?
A: Imari, originally created in Japan in the 18th century, was so popular it was copied by Chinese, English and European potteries during the time, throughout the 19th, 20th and into current times. Eighteenth and 19th century Imari porcelain has been a specific category of collecting for a long time.
You have a nice quality contemporary Imari-style set. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
Q: I have my grandmother's curved-top wooden trunk in which she carried her belongings from Eastern Europe to the U.S. in the late 19th century. The outside of the trunk is wood with metal plating; it is in pretty good shape, minus one torn leather carrying handle. The inside of the trunk appears to have been lined with some kind of a cardboard-type material that creates different compartments for storage. Many of these compartments are torn or ripped, and the inside smells very musty.
Is there someone, locally, in Gainesville who could refinish the trunk, particularly by re-lining the inside of the trunk, so that it can be used for blanket and clothes storage in a bedroom? I would like to make this trunk a discussion point in my house, and make sure that it is around for future generations.
A: It is good to hear you want the trunk restored for future generations. After it has been restored, you might consider writing what you know about the trunk with lead pencil on archival paper, along with before and after photographs of the restoration, and tuck it in the trunk for posterity. I think Back in Time restoration in Gainesville will be able to do the job. The phone number is 373-6949.
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.