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Antique bed could be worth up to $2,000


Q: Enclosed is a photograph of an antique bed that I inherited. Originally a rope bed, it's been modernized to hold a modern spring and mattress. I would appreciate any information you can provide.

A: This is a spool-turned bed, the precursor to the "Jenny Lind" bed. The turnings resemble a series of spools -- therefore, the name. Spool furniture usually was made of maple, birch or other native hardwoods.

A filled ticking mattress rested on ropes that were laced around pegs on the head and foot rails and both side rails, creating a webbing.

Beds of this type were made from the 1820s to the 1880s. One similar to yours is listed at $1,500 to $2,000 in "Country Furniture" by Ellen M. Plante.

Q: My mother gave me a chartruse water pitcher with a lid, which she bought in the 1940s. The shape is sleek and streamlined. On the bottom are the words "Russel Wright -- Mfg. By Steubenville." The name of the pattern is "American Modern."

What can you tell me about my pitcher, and is it collectible?

A: Dinnerware designed by Russel Wright is very collectible. Glassware, aluminum objects, textiles and furniture were some of the designs of the innovative Wright.

"American Modern" was designed by Wright for Steubenville Pottery Co. in Steubenville, Ohio. It was manufactured from 1939 to 1959. It was available in several colors, and creative homemakers could mix and match the pieces. The value of your pitcher would probably be $70 to $80 in good condition.

Q: I have a porcelain tea service, with six cups and saucers, a creamer, a sugar bowl and a teapot, all decorated with tiny black faces against designs of mostly white, yellow, red and gold. Each piece is marked "Made in Japan."

Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

A: This is known as "1,000 Faces" porcelain because it was decorated with many small hand-painted faces. Most of it was produced from the 1930s to the 1950s in Japan.

Although there are variations, the "Black Face" and the "Gold Face" designs are the most prevalent. A 15-piece tea set would probably be worth about $150 in good condition.

Q: What is the value of my porcelain platter and covered vegetable bowl with handles? They are both marked "Rosenthal -- Bavaria -- Chippendale."

A: Your bowl and platter in the Chippendale pattern were made by Philip Rosenthal & Co. in Selb, Bavaria, Germany, in the early 1900s. The firm began in 1879 and is still in operation. The value of the covered bowl would probably be about $100 and the value of the platter about $45 to $50.

Letters with pictures are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

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