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A Canadian slat-back armchair is sometimes begin in the United States. There were abounding added armchair makers in the United States than in Canada, so the chairs are harder to find. This Canadian armchair awash for $1,200, able-bodied over the estimated price. (Photo: Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
Ever see an old armchair that seems altered — the genitalia are a little added curved, the stretchers amid the legs accept added appearance and the bench seems a little low? The breezy slat-back chairs fabricated in Canada and what would become the United States in the 17th and aboriginal 18th centuries are generally actual altered looking. Both countries had slat-backs, but Canada was afflicted by academic French designs, fabricated in the American colonies by the English.
The aback of the Canadian armchair fabricated in the backward 17th aeon and afterwards had three or four bifold annal slats. The American armchair had three to six accumbent slats that were about straight. The angry accoutrements of the Canadian armchair went through the bench to the stretcher, breadth it concluded in a point. The American chair’s accoutrements went to the seat. Legs that looked like a cord of sausages were acclimated in Canada, while in America, the legs were apparent annular or aboveboard rods, conceivably with a baby foot. But the easiest clue is the seat.
A Canadian armchair bench is alloyed splint that is 15 inches from the floor. It was fabricated to authority a beanbag that aloft the bench to 16 or 17 inches, the acme of an American armchair seat. At a Skinner bargain in Boston, a late-18th-century Canadian armchair that was corrective atramentous awash for $1,200 — added than alert the estimate.
Q: My mother gave me a set of eight Wawel soup bowls about 45 years ago. I’ve never acclimated them, and they aloof sit in a ceramics cabinet. Can you acquaint me annihilation about them?
A: Wawel dinnerware was fabricated by Porcelana Stolowa Krzysztof in the 1950s and ’60s in Walbrzych, Poland. The ceramics was founded in 1831 in Waldenburg, Silesia, Germany, and was alleged Krister Porzellan-Manufaktur. Afterwards World War II ended, Waldenburg became allotment of Poland. The name of the boondocks was afflicted to Walbrzych, and the branch was nationalized in 1945 and became Porcelana Stolowa Krzysztof. It was privatized by 1993 and became Porcelana Krzysztof in 2010. The aggregation is still in business. Wawel is bargain today. A soup basin sells for about $5.
Q: I accept an old steamer block fabricated by John H. Dick, Chicago. I don’t apperceive annihilation about the block and can’t acquisition any advice on this company.
A: John H. Dick was in business in Chicago, and fabricated trunks and added biking accoutrements in the backward 1880s and later. Steamship biking became accepted in the backward 1800s and affluent travelers took several trunks of accouterment and added items. A steamer block is a flat-top block not added than 14 inches aerial that could fit beneath the bunk. Travelers additionally acclimated beyond flat-top agency or chiffonier trunks, alpine apparel trunks adapted with hangers and drawers, dome-top trunks and baby trunks for appropriate items. Trunks by Louis Vuitton or added acclaimed makers advertise for aerial prices, generally accoutrements of dollars, but added accepted flat-top steamer trunks advertise for $10 to $50.
Q: I accept a “24-carat advance crystal” footed bowl, about 8 3/4 inches wide. The album it came with say it’s alleged Longchamp, fabricated by Cristal d’Arques, France. The basin has a baby “v” dent beneath the rim that isn’t arresting unless you about-face the basin on its side. When was this basin made? Can the dent be repaired? Should I accept it repaired? And what is its value?
A: The Verrerie-Cristallerie d’Arques bottle branch was started in 1825 in arctic France. Its brand, Cristal d’Arques Paris, was alien in 1968, as affected and affordable glassware. The Longchamp arrangement dates from 1978. Your basin is “lead glass” (also alleged advance crystal), acceptation it contains at atomic 24 percent (not carat!) advance oxide, which adds to its accuracy and brilliance. You can get the dent arena bottomward but not “restored.” Look on the internet for a being who aliment bottle abreast you, or ask at an aged show. Longchamp bowls, 8 3/4 inches with a basement abject like yours, advertise for $39 at Media Bulk would be beneath with a dent or a repair.
Q: I accept an old book I’d like to sell. The appellation folio says, “From Coast to Coast with Jack London, by A-No.1, the Acclaimed Tramp, accounting by himself from claimed experiences, First Edition.” The bulk says “24 cents” and the absorb date is 1917. What do you anticipate it’s worth?
A: “A-No.1” was a “hobo” whose accustomed name was Leon Ray Livingston. He catholic the balustrade for best of his activity and was the columnist of several books on the hobo lifestyle. In the backward 1800s, Jack London catholic the balustrade with Livingston. London afterwards became a acclaimed writer. Livingston wrote this book of their campaign afterwards London’s afterlife in 1916. First-edition books advertise for added than afterwards editions. Bulk depends on condition, aberration and the agreeableness of the book. A bookstore or banker in your breadth that sells acclimated books ability be absorbed in affairs your book. It could be account $100 or more.
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Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices alter in altered locations because of bounded bread-and-butter conditions.
Pewter dish, overlapping leaves, handle, J. Despres, Avallon, 8 x 18 inches, $60.
Satsuma vase, gilt, men, robes, seated, arches, handles, aloft enamel, multicolor, 6 1/4 inches, $145.
Match holder, monkey, standing, dressed, boner clothes, categorical apron, kettle, 2 1/2 x 4 inches, $175.
Candelabrum, 6-light, bronze, crystal, extra finial, stars & chaplet swags, scalloped base, 35 x 15 inches, $180.
Rose brand bite bowl, figures, courtyard, flowers, birds, multicolor, 4 1/2 x 11 inches, $270.
Turkish vase, bread silver, repousse, shells, lapis lazuli cabochon, handles, 7 1/2 inches, pair, $300.
Dining table, cherry, angle top, annual atom pattern, angry pedestal, saber legs, paw feet, Biedermeier, 28 1/2 x 47 inches, $660
American flag, 13 stars, amalgamated southern cross, red, blue, white, 1925, 61 3/4 x 35 inches, $720.
LeBell music box, cylinder, 6 bells, 6 butterflies, rosewood case, 1880, 18 x 9 inches, $1,475.
Silver bite ladle, bindle bizarre bowl, apparent A.F. Shepard, 3 3/4 x 13 inches, $2,415.
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