Author Archives: Karen Waterman


Authentic Eames will fetch a nice price

Q. I am considering buying a chair from a neighbor. It is being advertised as an “Eames” chair. How do I know that is real, and what is a reasonable price to offer? My neighbor bought it at an estate sale in the 1970’s. A. Husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames are considered


Too much of a good thing

Q. I have a very large mirror from my last home in Utah. When we moved to Barrington, we found our current home doesn’t have room and I have the mirror in storage. I’ve thought about selling the mirror, but because of its size I’d like to get an idea of it’s worth before going


Sailor’s Valentines

Sailor’s valentines are often thought to have been made by sailors who had idle time on whaling ships in the 1800’s. However, most originated in what became a cottage industry from the island of Barbados. Barbados was a common port for provisioning and while there, sailors would buy or order these souvenirs to bring to


Collector plate market past its peak

Q. My husband received this plate recently from his 102 year-old aunt. The plate originally belonged to his great-grandmother. We estimate the plate to be around 150-200 years old, and it is in perfect condition. We are wondering if you can find any information about this item and its value. We have no history for