ANTIQUES

Now we know the rest of story behind Elvis photo


Robert Clemens, right, handed out this photo of Elvis, center, to his friends, family and customers. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

Q: The picture of Elvis you had in Saturday's paper (Jan. 26) is a picture from my father's personal collection, with him on the right, Robert Clemens. My father was a mail clerk in the Army at the same time Elvis served. He gave them out for years to friends and family. My father was a manager for a local beverage distributor in the Ocala area where he also gave them out to customers. He also signed them, most of the time, from Elvis. There are a total of three different pictures out there he gave away.

J., Internet

A: I am glad you saw the photograph in the newspaper and responded. The signature with only Elvis was suspicious. Now we know the rest of the story. Thank you for the heads up.

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Q: Can you tell me anything about the table that has been in my family for more than 50 years? It has engraved markings on each leg. I see no other identifying marks.

E.A., Ocala

A: You have an ornately carved coffee table with a glass-top serving tray. I think it was made between World Wars I and II in the United States. The carved relief lion with shield in the center is good looking. The top appears to be made of walnut, and is most attractive. The style of the base is taken from the French Rococo era of the 18th century. Potential dollar value is $250 to $500.

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Q: I recently found this doll in my Nana's house and am hoping you could possibly give me some info about it, like maybe a time period it is from? I am not having any luck finding another doll like it online. Her tag says "soft vinyl head and latex skin body." She does not have any jointed limbs. Her eyes open and close, and she has real eyelashes and she is about 16 inches tall. The name "EEGEE" is stamped on the back of her neck.

L., Internet

A: Your Eegee doll was produced by Goldberger Dolls. The company was located in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was in business from 1917 to 1980. I suspect your doll was made in the 1960s. Potential dollar value is less than $100, short of a lucky day.

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Q: I did as you suggested and found the poem "Old Oaken Bucket" written by Samuel Woodworth. I have read it several times. I read also the information in the Massachusetts National Register of Historic Places. Woodworth had an interesting childhood. As I think about the "Bucket," which I finally found a printable copy of, I realize the reason I, as a child, was drawn to the picture was the number of stories that it provoked.

I still hope that someday I will have "Old Oaken Bucket" hanging on my wall. By the way, my neighbor tells me someone turned Woodworth's poem into a song and she remembers singing it when she was a young girl in upstate New York. Thank you for the conversation.

B.S., Ocala

A: I am glad you responded. Yes, the picture of a young boy standing beside an open well with an oak bucket for water is most memorable.

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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