These chocolate pots are bound to warm a collector's heart
Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.
Q: I am sending pictures of some china pieces that I inherited. Can you tell me anything about them and their value? I did find on the Internet the marks on the most ornate one. The other has a crown with "Bavaria" under it. Under "Bavaria" is "Hand Painted," written in script.
— J.B., Live Oak
A: You have two nice chocolate pots made of porcelain. Chocolate first appeared in Europe as a popular drink in the 18th century and persisted throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The serving pots were made of porcelain, pottery, sterling silver and silver plate, usually in the latest fashion of the day. Chocolate pots are a specific category of collector interest.
The more ornate of the two pots is in the Art Nouveau style and the better of the two. It was made by RS Prussia Company, circa 1900. The company Reinhold Schlegelmich was located in Suhl, Thuringia, Germany, circa 1880s to 1917. They manufactured huge quantities of ornate, beautifully decorated porcelain hollowware that were exported to the United States and Canada. RS Prussia, as known by collectors, also is a specific category of collecting. So your Art Nouveau chocolate pot and sugar is collectible in two categories. The pot would likely sell in the $100 to $200 range, and the covered sugar in the $50 to $75 range.
The other chocolate pot was likely made in the 1920s. Potential dollar value for the pot and two cups and saucers is less than $100.
Q: Recently, you were kind enough to give me a phone number for someone who deals in old books. My husband passed away last March. He has a good collection of old religious books as well as old newspapers bound in large books. Since he was interested in reading them, he had many books not in the best of condition. He also has many in very good condition. Do you think the person you mentioned might be interested in buying them? I would sell at a pretty low price. I carefully cut out her phone number and when friends came to visit and left, the small piece was gone. (I am sure it was just brushed off the side table). If you believe she might help me, would you be so kind as to give me her phone number?
— H.H., Spruce Creek
A: Dotti Delfino is president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers. I suspect she will be able to help you. The phone number is 352-262-6338. Let us know how things work out.
Q: Thank you for taking the time to evaluate the photo of the picture I sent to you titled, "The Hunt." I took your advice and opened the picture. The information was located on the bottom of the picture, but was covered by the matting. The title is "The Meet," painted by J.F. Herring, Sons, Engraved by J. Harris, New York Graphic, Fine Arts Publishers. I was not too disappointed because I was not expecting a great find.
I was thrilled to see my letter and picture in "Sikorski's Attic," that made me feel better. Could you give me an idea about what I can expect to sell it for, as I have no idea of its value as a catch-as-catch-can? It measures 3 feet by 2 feet, including the frame.
A: It is good you investigated further and opened the picture. I am glad to hear you were not too disappointed with the results. About potential dollar value of the picture, catch-as-catch-can means not to have any expectations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.