Porcelain piece a Rococo Revival reproduction
Published: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:43 p.m.
Q: Here are pictures I have of a porcelain piece my friend is trying to appraise. On the bottom it is marked "Boane China."
— K.G., Internet
A: The figural porcelain mantelpiece is in a Rococo Revival style of the 19th century, though it was made in the 20th century. The words "Boane China" is not the maker. I was not able to find any information about Boane. I think it is a trade name used by some manufacturer that makes reproductions. There is no specific collector interest. Dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
Q: I am interested in information on selling the entire set of six plates for the "We are One" Bicentennial Series 6565. All six plates are solid pewter and are in the original box with the certificate of authenticity showing the plate number. They have never been displayed and are in pristine condition. Original purchase price was $270, and they were purchased through the International Silver Company in Meriden, Conn. They are registered through the American Archives Plate Registry in Wallingford, Conn. I have already attempted, unsuccessfully, to contact both of these businesses. Would you have any information on who I might contact to sell this set?
— D.W., Internet
A: Your bicentennial pewter plates are nice decorative items, but are not of any specific interest. Currently, there is very little secondary market interest as well. If you were to get $100 for the six plates, it would be a lucky day. It would be better to pass them on to someone in the family, if there is any interest. If not, try contacting Replacements Ltd. at 800-REPLACE. They might buy them. Good luck.
Q: I have a land grant document that has been in my family for years. It grants an uncle 40 acres of land in Wayne County, Mich., signed by Andrew Jackson on 20 Jan. 1836. Attached is a photo of the seal and signature. Would you know where I can have it verified as original? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
— K.V., Internet
A: I suggest you contact the signature authentication service website at www.psacard.com. They have the specialists on their staff to authenticate a wide variety of autographs and signed documents.
Q: In Saturday's column, there was a question from K.M., Internet, about a dresser she had purchased 25 years ago from the Jackson family in Rochelle. Apparently, when she started restoring it, she found an oil painting on the backboard. She also stated that she did some research on the family and found they were related to Stonewall Jackson. Apparently, she purchased the dresser in a sale that my husband, Archie L. Jackson, and I had when my father-in-law, Lovette Jackson, passed away. My husband died about 19 months ago, however I still live in Rochelle. I have become very interested in genealogy, and would love to speak with K.M. and see what she found out about the Jackson family and how they may be related to Stonewall Jackson, as I have not been able to trace them back that far.
— N.J., Internet
A: I am waiting to see photographs of the painting that was not in the first letter. We wait to hear from them.
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.
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