Sofa worth up to $1,000


Q: When this sofa was purchased secondhand around the turn of the century, it had black horsehair covering. It was refinished and reupholstered in 1965. Can you tell me when it was made and its approximate value?

A: This Victorian Louis XVI Revival sofa was made about 1875. A dealer would offer something like this for at least $1,000 in good condition.

Q: I have a ceramic cup in the shape of a fox's head. There is no flat surface for it to sit on. It has a lot of hairline cracks and appears to be very old. Have you any ideas about what this was used for?

A: Your description suggests that what you have is a stirrup cup. These were filled with wine and served to men on horseback at the start of a fox hunt. Yours was probably made in the 19th century and might sell for about $300.

Q: Please evaluate my countertop balance scale. It has a cast-iron base with a brass beam and weights. It is marked "Empire Hardware Co., New York" and "Patented 1867."

A: Your scale was introduced in 1867 and could have been made in any time in the next 10 or 15 years. It would probably sell for about $265 to $285. A patent is good for up to 17 years.

Q: Can you tell me what my Wallace Nutting print is worth? I know that it was made early in the 1900s. It is titled "Camden Clouds" and measures 14 by 17 inches. It depicts fishing boats in a harbor.

A: The latest sales price that I can find for this rare print is $660 in good condition.

Q: I would appreciate information about a flared bowl, 15 inches in diameter. It is gold in color with purple highlights. The bottom is engraved "aurene 2851."

A: Your bowl is Aurene Glass made by Frederick Carder for Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., about 1900. It would probably sell for $600 to $700.

Q: My father was given a coaster wagon when he was a little boy in the 1920s. It has red disk wheels and is marked "Express" on the sides. It has a handle to pull it or to steer it when coasting.

Wagons like this are selling for $400 to $500 in good condition.

Q: You have previously written about World's Fair collectibles, so I hope you can appraise this one. It is a ceramic tankard 10 inches tall. It is marked "Christopher Columbus" and has a picture of the Santa Maria. It was made by Doulton in Burslem, England.

A: This souvenir tankard from the 1892-1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago would probably sell for about $125 to $135.

Send your questions about antiques with pic- ture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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