1875 wall clock a timeless house-warming gift
Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.
Q: We want to insure the 1875 Vienna Regulator clock in the attached photo. We purchased it in 1970 in Berlin, Germany. We believe the value of the clock is worth between $6,000 to $9,000. It keeps perfect time. We are giving it as a house-warming present to our daughter and want to send it to her insured.
— C.S.P., Internet
A: What a wonderful present for your daughter. You have a good-looking two-weight German wall clock, not a Vienna regulator. These wall clocks were manufactured in massive quantities in Germany during the last quarter of the 19th century and early 20th century.
The use and abuse of the term “Vienna regulator,” a high-precision clock, has been applied to German weight-driven wall clocks by dealers and sellers for the last three to four decades to make them more salable and important-sounding. Currently, clocks like yours do not sell in the $6,000 to $9,000 range, they can readily be purchased for less than $1,000.
Q: I was given a beautiful gold-rimmed porcelain vanity set by a friend of mine back in 1990. It belonged to her 90-year-old mother, whom I also knew, when she passed away.
The set has eight pieces. All of them had a monogram on them.
The monogram on the largest tray was worn away, but the monograms on all the other pieces are clear. One of the smaller trays has a small chip as does the hatpin tower. Most of the pieces have the words “Vienna Austria” on the bottom, while others have the letters “AK” stamped. I am looking to find out more information about them and if they have any value.
— N.T., Internet
A: Yes indeed, you have a fine- quality porcelain dresser vanity set. From the late 19th and into the early 20th century, there were numerous porcelain manufactories in Austria and throughout Europe producing sets like the one you own. I was not able to identify the backstamp with the impressed “AK” that you mention. So relative to potential dollar value, the maker is not a factor. Sets like these are bought and sold in the antiques market but are not a category of collector interest. However, the hatpin holder is of specific collector interest. Potential dollar value, as is, is $15 to $30. The entire set would sell for less than $100, short of a lucky day.
Q: I would like to know what constitutes glassware to be antique? I have a salad bowl and oil and vinegar jars, all with a gold-leaf pattern on them. They are 50 years old. The sugar and creamer are very heavy, clear glass that is more than 70 years old.
Also, who do I contact about some old 33 1/3 rpm and 45rpm records, most in the original sleeves? They are 35 to 54 years old.
— S.M., Internet
A: Most of the collecting marketplace defines an antique as 100 years old. However, there are numerous desirable categories that are 50 years old or less that can sell for as much or more than antiques. Dollar values are based mostly on demand by collector. To investigate the value of your records, check out www.78rpm.com.
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.