Q&A on Collecting
Sideboard dates to Victorian era
Q: My mother purchased this sideboard eight years ago in an antiques shop. The store owner had no information on its origin. It has very unusual carving and hardware. There are two labels inside one of the drawers indicating where it was shipped from and to whom. Unfortunately there are no dates on either one. The top looks to be made of marble. We are hoping that you can shed some light on its history and value.
A: Your sideboard is an example of Eastlake period of furniture. It was made in the Victorian era in the years between 1870 and 1890. The shallow incised carving, turned spindles, burled panels, brass bail pulls, marble top and the overall rectilinear lines are representative of Eastlake design.
The value of your sideboard would probably be $1,000 to $1,500.
Q: Enclosed is the mark seen on the bottom of a small vase that belonged to my great-aunt about 70 years ago. The vase is aqua, stands 5 inches tall and is in perfect condition.
Does it have any value?
A: The mark you provided was used by Nelson McCoy Pottery Company. They made stoneware and pottery in Roseville and Zanesville, Ohio, from 1848 to 1990.
Your vase is circa 1940 and similar vases sell in the range of $25 to $50.
Q: I have a coffee set that I inherited from my grandfather in Germany. There are six cups, six saucers, a coffee pot, a creamer and a sugar bowl. Each dish is decorated with a gold pattern over a dark blue glaze. The inside of the cups are all gold. “Echt Kobalt” is marked on the bottom of each piece.
I hope you can tell me what the value of my set is.
A: “Echt Kobalt” means real cobalt and it refers to the dark blue glaze that decorated your china. There were several Bavarian porcelain factories that included these words with their marks. Your set was made in the mid-20th century and would probably be worth $250 to $350.
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