The reader seeks help with a variety of British antiques
Q: I sent you a photo of our ’68 Morris Minor Woodlot a few years ago and you featured it on your radio show, which you may remember. Anyway, I am writing to you now about my friend who turns 102 on December 29th. He was an RAF squadron commander and flew Mosquitos during World War II. He is now in St. Pete with his daughter, but he still has a house in Washington, which is full of British antiques. I am attaching photos of them because I thought you might help us determine their value. – PS, internet
A: There are too many articles to help you and the photos are not very helpful. Here is a brief overview of some elements in the photographs. The large wall mirror with richly decorated porcelain frame depicting birds and foliage would probably sell for between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000.
The clock on the red marble top is probably late Victorian and less than $ 1,000.
The large display case with double gilded glass doors and two hand painted panels at the bottom of each door is French Rococo style probably circa 1880s. The potential dollar value is $ 1,500 to $ 2,500.
The potpourri vase with putti mounted on the left and right on the shoulder is in the Capodimonte style. I suggest you take a look below for the manufacturers’ brands. If there is none, then it is in the decoration category subject to the whims of fashion, currently very soft.
Among the many pieces of pottery and porcelain, there is nothing beyond the typical decorations of the Victorian era. The small round porcelain dresser is quite nice but has a crack. If these items are to be sold, I suggest they contact Weschler’s auctioneers and appraisers in Washington, DC. It is a high quality, old world organization and has been in business for decades. They offer free auction value assessments. The website is www.weschlers.com. Good luck and let us know how things are going.
Q: Thank you for helping me with the Mettlach mugs. I was looking for your online store. Do you have an antique store or are you an independent appraiser? I really appreciate the information on these steins. It’s fun to learn about them. – CS, internet
A: The Mettlach steins from Villeroy and Boch were and still are considered to be one of the best mug makers in the world. They have been a category of collectors for decades. I have had an antique store for over a dozen years. I currently have an assessment office in downtown Ocala on the plaza. My office phone is 352-351-1009.
– John Sikorski with over 35 years of experience is an Ocala-based antiques advisor, consultant and broker. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, c / o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or email [email protected]