1880s family Bible, Lincoln Beautyware and a secretary
Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:31 p.m.
Q: My husband was given a large, antique family Bible many years ago by his father. I am thinking about trying to sell it, but do not know what it is worth. There are no names or photos in it, and the date on one of the pages is 188_. It is in remarkably good condition.
Could you please give me some idea of how much it might be worth, and where it would be best to try to sell it?
— V.McF., Internet
A: Large Bibles like the one you have were produced in massive quantities. There is no specific collector interest. If you were to sell it for $100, it would be a lucky day.
Q: Can you give me any information about Lincoln Beautyware kitchen items?
— A., Internet
A: Your four-piece kitchen set is in the Kitchen Collectibles category. The style is mid-20th century modern. The set was likely made after World War II. Lincoln Beautyware sets are readily available on the Internet for sale. Four-piece sets range from $10 to $50, depending on color and decoration. For more information, contact the Kooks, Kollectors of Old Kitchen Stuff at www.kooksonline.com.
Q: My husband has two antiques that came from his grandparents' home in Illinois. One is a secretary, and the other is a taller curio-type cabinet with curved glass on the door. They have largely been left untended for many years. I would like to restore them to attractiveness again, but do not want to hurt their value, if any. The secretary is in OK shape. I do not have a photo of it. The taller cabinet has some damage that you can see in the photo, plus some of the wood veneer has become detached. I have a clamp on it for now. What are the big no-no's? What is OK to do?
— D.S., Summerfield
A: You have an American-made side-by-side secretary. It was a new idea in furniture in the late 19th century to combine a bookcase and display portion and a drop-front writing desk. The lion's head left and right at the top add a decorative desirability. I suspect the mirror was replaced at some point because it is not beveled like it would have been originally. Having it restored will increase its market interest should you ever decide to sell. When a piece of furniture is in need of refinishing, it generally enhances the value to have it done. The folks at Back in Time Restoration could do what it needs.
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.