Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Karen Waterman

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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries death came early for many due to disease, childbirth and harsh living conditions. One way people coped with their loss was to memorialize their loved ones with mourning arts. They usually included the...
Q: I have a painting which I found when I was cleaning out a relatives house. It appears to be signed by the artist “Riviera” or “Rivera”. It has a paper stuck on the back which explains that it...
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...
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,...
Q. I have this old music box that belonged to my grandmother. The cabinet is 16” long and the cylinder is 12” long. It has a paper label with a list of songs including “Auld Lang Syne”. The rest...
Museums survive on the generosity of donors who give their money, their time and sometimes their personal property. They are very appreciative of their donors and are very hesitant to complain about any gift. However, museums do not want every...
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...
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...
Q. I have some plates with 2 inches of 22 K gold around the border. Three dealers have told me the plates in themselves are of no antique value but if you could remove the gold there could be some...
Q. I have a pitcher and basin set that has descended in our family. It has a mark on the bottom stamped ”Limoges.” Is this from France and is it valuable? A. Limoges porcelain has been around since the 19th...
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