Grandmother's vases are about 100 years old
Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.
Q: Attached are photos of two vases that belonged to my grandmother. I remember seeing them in her home when I was just a little girl. I was born in 1955.
The one with the painted decorations was one of a matched pair; unfortunately the mate was broken about 20 years ago. It is difficult to read the markings on the bottom of the coral-colored one. Can you tell me anything about them?
— J.S., Internet
A: You have a good-looking art glass ewer. Art glass is a large category of collector interest. Yours is made of satin glass in a coral-like color. Satin glass has a soft feel to the touch. The hand-applied handle is in a thorn motif. The top of the ewer has a tricorner rim with a slender neck, and the lower portion is a melon-lobed body. I think it was made about 100 years ago, likely in America or England. If the underside of the bottom is signed, it could make a difference in potential dollar value. Take it outside in the bright sunlight, turn it upside down and look across the surface while revolving it. If you find a maker's mark or name, let us know. If not, marked potential dollar value is less than $200.
The other vase is English, known as Bristol glass, and made about 100 years ago as well. Bristol glass was made in large quantities during the last half of the Victorian era. Potential dollar value is less than $50.
Q: During the early 1970s, I spent four years assigned to Europe, serving in the U.S. Navy. While living in Germany, I purchased a few pieces of furniture. I am trying to discover the period and region of manufacture. I purchased it in northern Germany in the spring of 1972. It is not a complete piece of furniture. It is the top-piece of a schränke or cabinet.
— W.M., Internet
A: You have a good-looking piece of furniture. The overall quality appears to be of a high standard. The style is Renaissance Revival. I think it was manufactured in Europe, likely Germany, during the last quarter of the 19th century. It is not the top piece of a schränke, which is a wardrobe in the United States or an armoire in France, used to hold clothing. It does appear to be part of something, perhaps a sideboard or writing cabinet. Large pieces of European furniture were often separated and sold as standalone pieces because of the difficulty to sell large pieces. Potential dollar value is less than $500.
Q: Attached is a picture of rocker that my husband inherited from his grandmother 30 years ago. She was 85 when she passed. It has a nice ottoman that matches as well.
Also, the small bench was hand-embroidered and seems to be handmade. Can you advise on any value on these two items?
— A.S., Internet
A: The upholstered swan-neck armrest rocking chair was likely manufactured in America between World Wars I and II. The overall quality appears to be commercial grade. There is no specific collector interest. Potential dollar value is less than $100.
The small bench is cute with the hand embroidery, and would sell in the $15 to $30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.