Author Archives: Karen Waterman

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Chemically unstable framing materials damage paper Q. I have a print which I found stored in the attic of my parents’ house. It has a lot of browning on the edges and brown spots throughout. What is happening, and can it be removed? A. The greatest damage to works of art on paper occurs in

Col—Trash—9.25.13

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A valuable Gordon Grant etching Q.  I have an etching by Gordon Grant of men turning a wheel on a ship. It is signed by the artist and has the numbers 11/ 100 written in pencil. I inherited from my parents and believe they bought it in New York in the 1930’s or 1940’s. Anything

Col—Waterman—Tackle

A tackle box you won’t want to fill with bait

Q. I have an old wood fishing tackle box which still has its original decal (“PONDBROOK, PROVIDENCE, R.I.”) on the inside. Can you tell me anything about this and if it is worth anything? A. Your wood laminated tackle box was made by John W. Gilson in Stuart, Florida. He was an avid fisherman and

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Resale value of antique cradles impacted by modern safety standards Q. I have a cradle which I found in my grandmother’s home in western Pennsylvania. I have used it for my two sons.  Can you tell me anything about it? A. Cradles and cribs became a more common household piece of furniture in the 19th

Col—Waterman—8.14.13

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French Neoclassical windfall fashionable; likely valuable Q. My parents recently downsized their home and they gave me a few pieces of their antique furniture.  This buffet is one of the pieces.  Unfortunately it does not match my decor so it’s sitting in my garage. Can you tell me more about it? Should I make it

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Art Pottery and a Cast Iron “Fala” Q. I inherited a piece of art pottery that is stamped “Grueby” and I have been told it is valuable. Can you tell me a little about this company and what it is worth? It is eight inches high and four inches wide at its base. I have

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Victorian Balloon Back Settee and Screen Paintings Q: I have inherited my grandmother’s couch and footstool (I believe it is called a settee?) It is about 100 years old as it belonged to her mother. It was reupholstered 40 years ago, after a house fire, to resemble the original fabric. I am at a point in

Col—Waterman—Clock

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Q. I inherited this from my grandmother and do not know what it is. The handles appear to be silver and the rest looks like ivory. Can you tell me what it is and what it may be worth? A. All of you who have been watching “Selfridges” or “Downton Abbey” may recognize this. This

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