Q&A ON COLLECTING
Cedar chest is filled with hope
Q: This is a photo of a cedar chest that I recently refinished. It was made by Lane Company, and I have never seen one like this before. The overall dimensions are 40 inches wide, 20 inches high and 19 inches deep. Anything you can tell me about the history of my cedar chest will be appreciated.
A: John Lane along with his son, Ed Lane, founded Standard Red Cedar Chest Company in Altavista, Va., in 1912. They had little experience in chest manufacturing and didn't want to use their name to identify the company until it proved to be successful. Their cedar chests were also called Hope chests and were marketed to young women and brides-to-be. In the early 1900s, most young women planned to marry rather than have careers. Hope chests were often given as graduation gifts and filled with linens and blankets to be used when they became wives and homemakers.
Yours was made in the early 1900s and would probably be worth $200 to $300.
Q: I have sent the mark that is on the bottom of a china cake plate that I recently bought at an antiques shop. It is decorated with multicolored sprigs of petite flowers against a white background and trimmed in gold. I know nothing about the history of my plate and would appreciate any information you can provide.
A: Adderley Ltd. has been located in Longton, Staffordshire, England, since 1906. Bone china is a term for a mixture of feldspar, kaolin and bone ash. Strength and a snow-white body are the results of adding bone ash to the formula. English potters developed the formula around 1800. It was their solution for their search for a way to produce china similar to the hard paste porcelain that was made in China. Adderly used this mark between 1912 and 1926. Your cake plate would probably fetch $50 to $100 in an antiques shop.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters.