- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 05:00
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A writer from Northumberland County asks about her Staffordshire gravy boat, which is a family heirloom. It is blue on white, and both stenciled and labeled by the maker, Brown, Westhead, Moore & Co. with a shield and crown, along with the pattern designation, "Meissen." It is in perfect condition, and is one piece, that is, the dish and platter were fired together.
This piece is a fine example of mid-nineteenth-century Staffordshire production.
As most readers know, Staffordshire is a county in England that was found to have extensive clay deposits, which were suitable for being the molds into which Plaster of Paris could be poured and fired in kilns. The resulting products became the staples for British and foreign middle class tableware.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2009 16:03
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A couple in the Northern Neck inherited this library table a few years ago. It is mahogany with yellow pine secondary wood. Even the drawer bottoms are solid pine, and not plywood. It bears a label in one of the drawers stating that it was made an authentic handmade reproduction by A. Sacks in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Another label on the back of the same drawer indicates it was sold by Woodward and Lothrop, the former prestigious department store in Washington, D. C. Several other pieces of furniture in the home have the same labels.
- Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2013 20:00
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 05:00
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A gentleman from the lower Northern Neck is moving to Florida and has asked about his two Champleve pieces. One is an urn with vibrant enamel inserts, and the other is a vase that has been made into a lamp. The urn is stamped “Made in Japan.”
The urn dates from the early 20th century, between 1900 and 1930. It is in the traditional form, and appears to be in fine condition. It is worth $75. The vase unfortunately has been drilled in the process of making it into a lamp, and the initial hole is quite visible. The dark tone of the metal was intentional, and does not indicate it has tarnished in comparison with the brass of the urn. The lamp is worth $100.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 05:00
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A local gentleman has asked about his three wooden items, with a view toward selling them prior to his move from the area. They have passed through his family, and he does not have any significant information on them, other than that the wood of both the mortar and pestle is lignum vitae. The top of the larger bucket has been repaired, and the upper band of the smaller one is very loose.
Looking at the buckets first, the smaller one could be repaired quite easily by gluing the rim in place. I recommend against using any form of metal fastener that would detract from the originality of the bucket. This one is worth $75.
The larger bucket is quite impressive, given its significant size. The filler used on the top should be sanded and stained to make it less obtrusive. The bucket should not be refinished, but once the rawness of the repair is ameliorated, the top should receive a clear coat to protect it. This bucket is worth $175. If it were perfect, the figure would be far greater.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 05:00
- Published on Wednesday, 04 November 2009 05:00
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Many years ago a lady in Kilmarnock befriended an elderly antique dealer from New York. Once when taking her for a ride, they stopped at an antique shop and the passenger insisted on buying this antique Victorian sofa for her friend. The latter has kept it in storage, waiting to see what to do with it. The donor died about 10 years ago, and the owner is trying to decide what now to do with the piece.