"Pie crust" tables of this type are often described as far older than they really are, because they were designed to resemble examples made in the mid 1700s and are mistaken for them. They are of a type now called the "Colonial Revival" style....
There are some guidelines appraisers use in regards to things like encyclopedias, one being that most 20th century examples have very limited value in the resale market and barely get bids as box lots at auction. As with all things though, there...Continue Reading
Cast iron banks like this were almost a unique American phenomenon, more cast iron toys were produced in the U.S. than just about anywhere in the world during the late Victorian era. This one was designed and patented in 1890 by Peter Adams and...Continue Reading
Unmarked figures like this are very hard to determine a maker for, we have seen duplicates of this piece, also unmarked in more than one size. These are generally fairly modern European decorator pieces made in the 1950s forward, which originally...Continue Reading
This set of three Murano figures could be either art glass or Murano glass. Art glass being decorative glassware made in smaller studios other than those located in Murano, Italy. Strangely enough similar glassware was also made in smaller North...Continue Reading
Zippo is of course one of the best known makers of lighters in the world. Collectors like these pieces to be in as original condition as possible, the better the condition, the higher it's value. Zippo routinely issues lighters to commemorate...Continue Reading
Chess sets like this are quite modern as these things go, the marking “Made in Japan” generally date either just before World War II (1939) and the 1950s when trading relations resumed after the war. Most sets like this were made for the...Continue Reading
This "antique ivory chariot" figure is neither antique or ivory, it's actually quite modern and most likely Italian. Few of these predate the 1970s, but look older because they look like they are carved from ivory or marble, but in fact they are...Continue Reading
This treadle sewing machine was sold by the A. G. Mason Manufacturing Co., established in 1903-1916, in Cleveland, Ohio. The company was established by A.G.Mason, a former agent for the Davis Sewing Machine Co. The concern specialized in door to...
This urn is a 20th century reproduction of a Chinese export style example by Mottahedeh Porcelain. Mottahedeh has been in business for 75 years, specializing in hard porcelain, crystal, brass, silver plate, stoneware, faience, and lithographs....Continue Reading