Camel-back medicinal pack has us stumped
Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Q:Before my wife and I moved from New England, we purchased an item in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was described as a camel-back medicinal pack. It was supposedly used in Pakistan and surrounding areas to transport medicinal herbs in the early- to mid-20th century. It has signs of wear. I was hoping you might have some advice on where to start researching this item.
G. & C., Internet
A: I wish you had included better photographs. I have absolutely no idea, nor was I able to find any information about your camel-back medicinal pack furniture item. So perhaps one of our enlightened readers will be able to help us.
Q: I was wondering if you could help me with my wooden carousel horse. My mother and I found this horse in a barn in Canada in 1965. The owner did not know how long it had been stored in the barn, or where it came from. The horse was in rough paint shape, so we stripped what was left and just left the unfinished wooden surface.
The horse is a jumper, it has very lifelike glass eyes, and the jewels in the carved breast strap are original. It is 5 feet long from tip of nose to tail. I cannot find any signature or identifying marks. It has steel horseshoes on its feet. Other than no paint, the horse is in excellent condition. It is solid as far as I can tell, with brass hardware where the pole goes thru on the underside of the horse. Can you tell me anything about it, age, maker and value?
A: I think your carousel horse is an original, likely made circa 1920s. Most carousel horses were not company marked, and are generally identified by carving style and other details. Your horse looks as if it was made by the Spillman Company or C.W. Parker Company, both prominent American makers and sought after in the antiques market. Prices are not as high as they were in the 1990s. I think it would currently sell, as is, in the $1,000 to $2,000 range. For more information, check out the book, "Painted Ponies: American Carousel Art."
Q: I was wondering if you could help me determine the value of an autographed photo of Elvis Presley. In 1956, Mr. Presley was on his first major tour. He performed at the Florida Theater in St. Petersburg. My two best friends and I had tickets for the concert and became fans. The father of one of my two friends was a police officer assigned to security detail backstage, and Mr. Presley was kind enough to give him three autographed pictures for us. The photo is a sepia-toned shot, and looks like it is from his first movie, "Loving You." I had it matted and framed.
I was wondering if you could help me determine a value on it, and advise me if it should be insured separately from my homeowner's insurance policy.
A: I wish you had included a photograph. Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia is a large category of collecting. The King of Rock, Elvis Presley, is not forgotten among the younger generations who were not even alive while he was King. A recent auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, of Elvis Presley memorabilia, proves the continuing interest quote: "There is such a huge fan base for Elvis now, not just people who were alive at the time, but younger generations."
I think your autographed Elvis photo would sell in the $1,000 to $2,000 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.