Victorian table reflects 19th century ingenuity
Q: This is a photo of an antique machine, carved swing-leg table with the leaf down. It belonged to my great-great grandparent and has been in our family and the same house since the late 1800s. It is in mint condition.
Any advice on its value will be greatly appreciated.
A: Your table is circa 1880 and an example of the Victorian Eastlake period of design. The mushroom pull on the drawer, incised carving, porcelain castors, distinctive turned legs and overall rectilinear lines are characteristic of Eastlake furniture.
The industrial age inspired the era of 19th century ingenuity and innovative designs. A plethora of patented designs burst forth that included platform rockers, extension tables, folding tables and reclining chairs.
Your factory-made table would probably be worth $800 to $1200.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a tiered serving tray and a matching serving dish that belonged to my mother. It is decorated with a mottled, uneven gold glaze. There are three trays in graduating sizes and all held together by a chrome handle.
I don't remember her ever using the set and don't know anything about where it came from or how old it is. Anything you can tell me about its history and value will be appreciated.
A: You have a Weeping Gold set that was popular from the 1940s to the 1960s. The decoration was the result of pouring molten real gold over a textured glaze, thus creating a random dripping pattern.