Stemware would go well in an Art Deco interior
Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Q: I read your column today, and as always, found it to be very enlightening and interesting! I have some stemware that I am helping a friend sell, and I have had no luck when trying to research them. They are “drop-dead gorgeous” Vaseline glass with an amethyst or purple faceted bead or ball connecting the bowl to the stem. I have four sherbets and four waters. I am hoping you can tell me how old they are, who made them, if they are rare and their value. Also, I thought since they are so beautiful, they would make a great addition to your column in The Gainesville Sun. I am enclosing a photo. As you can see, they glow well with just the flash from the camera. They are not under a black light. Thank you so much for your time.
— C.C., Internet
A: I think your decorative stemware was made in America between World Wars I and II. They would go well in an Art Deco interior. To discover the maker and pattern, contact Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, N.C., at 800-REPLACE, or www.replacements.com. They might be a potential buyer as well. Good luck, and let us know what you discover.
Q: Please find enclosed pictures of two items which I would like information about. Thank you very much for anything you can tell me. The desk has been in my family for many years. Back in the 1950s, my grandfather refinished it.
The Bible was given to my great-great-uncle and aunt by his mother on my uncle's and aunt's wedding day, June 18, 1888.
Perhaps you can give me an idea as to the value of these items. I also would like to know if there is someone in the area who repairs old Bibles, as the front cover is loose and needs repair. Thank you for your time and advice.
— R.J.M., Ocala
A: I think your slant-lid, lift-top desk was made in the United States more than 100 years ago. It has a nice decorative look, and was probably made by a hobbyist. Potential dollar value is $100 to $200.
Family Bibles like the one you have were produced in massive quantities during the late 19th century. It would be nice to have it restored for future generations. Paul Sawyer in Daytona specializes in Bible restorations. The website is www.sawyerbinder.com. The phone number is 386-253-1161.
Q: We recently rediscovered a box of 16 mm movies that belonged to my wife's grandparents. They include 2-inch, 3¾-inch and 7-inch reels. I think some are homemade and some are movies or newsreels. One is titled “Lindy Does It and Peck's Bad Boy,” written in pencil on the canister. One of the reels starts with “The First Officially Released Picture Record Our Part in the World War Compiled By Military Experts.” Another starts with “Especially released by the War Department to the Eastman Kodak Company for the Second AEF.”
— F.F., Internet
A: I was not able to find any specific collector interest in your 16 mm movies, although the times are changing relative to interest in this subject matter. Manion's International Auction Company specializes in military memorabilia. I suggest you contact them at www.manions.com.
Q: In light of all the excitement about the new royal baby, I was wondering if there is any collector interest in a paper doll book I bought in 1982 titled, “Chuck & Di Have a Baby.” It was created by John Boswell, Patty Brown and Will Elder, and published by Simon and Shuster in 1982. The 9-by-12-inch paperback is in excellent condition except that the store where I bought it wrote the number “14” on the cover on Chuck's undershirt. There are sporty, formal, including their wedding outfits, and royal clothes, along with a baby nursery and baby and baby carriage, perambulator to Chuck and Di.
— J.C.G., Ocala
A: Currently there is very little interest in your book. Potential dollar value is $15 to $25.
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.