ANTIQUES

Newman paintings treasured items from wife's grandfather


This painting by White Mountain Art Group member Benjamin Tupper Newman would sell for less than $1,000.

Courtesy of John Sikorski
Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:18 a.m.

Q:In one of your columns, you suggested that folks who have picked up artwork, or inherited it, look beyond the stratosphere of painters such as Degas, Picasso and Dali, and look for painters in the more modest range.

I have sent you two pictures of a painter named Benjamin Tupper Newman. I looked him up, and it appears that he was a member of the White Mountain Art Group, which was in New Hampshire. The two I have are oils. I cannot seem to find what these may be worth, if anything. In any case, they are still a treasured item in our home as my wife received them from her grandfather who went to Dartmouth. I wonder if you could help.

— J.M., Internet

A: You have two nice-looking paintings. Benjamin Tupper Newman, 1858-1940, was an American artist. He produced a wide variety of pictures including genre, life circumstances, still life, landscapes and marines. His oil-on-canvas paintings have sold in the $100 to $3,000 range. I think the two paintings you have would sell for less than $1,000 each, short of a lucky day.

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Q: My mother, who was an avid seamstress, recently passed away, and I have from her home a filing cabinet crammed full of sewing patterns. Many of these patterns are 50-plus-years-old by Butterick, Vogue, McCall and others. I do not sew at all, and have no use for them. Would you be able to tell me if there is any collector or resale value to these, or where I might turn for information?

T.L., Internet

A: I am not aware of any specific collector interest in your sewing patterns. However, it seems that there should be some interest in your various patterns. Perhaps our readers will have a suggestion. You might contact the American Sewing Guild, AGS. There is a chapter in Ocala. You may contact them at www.asgocalachapter.org.

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Q: I inherited an old Martin guitar from my dad. I purchased it in the late 1940s in Akron, Ohio, from a pawn shop. I researched it with the Martin Company some time ago, and found it is Model 2-17, Serial No. 37708, manufactured as a part of two batches of 50, in January 1929. This model was produced between 1920 and 1930, and approximately 5,000 were made. I am interested in knowing what it might be worth today. It is in relatively good condition.

— N.T., Internet

A: Vintage Martin guitars have been a category of collector interest for a long time. Condition is a big factor relative to dollar value. After proper restoration, dollar value is enhanced. The Mandolin Brothers are one of the big boys on the block in the category of stringed instruments. They have regular catalogued auctions, and offer restoration services as well. I suggest you contact them about your guitar at www.mandoweb.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 absantique@aol.com.

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