Author Archives: Karen Waterman

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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

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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

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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

Lithograph from “Die Ornamentik des Mittelalters”

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Architectural Prints and a Kodak “Pony” Q. I purchased these prints at auction approximately 15 years ago due to their architectural appeal. I have sent photos to the Boston Library for additional information but no information is available. The only data found was back to 1850, but there was no information on the school itself,

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An Amateur Still Life Painting and a Colonial Revival Coffee Set Q. I have had this painting in my family for years and have tried to find information on the artist, with no luck. Can you tell me anything about this artist and what it is worth? A. This lovely still life of fruit, cake

Vintage typewriter, circa 1935

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Q. I have a set of Gorham sterling flatware service for 12. I believe the pattern is called “Chantilly”. It was purchased in the late 1930’s. What is it worth today? A. Gorham Silver’s “Chantilly” pattern was designed by William Codman and first made in 1895, continuing in production until 1950. “Chantilly” is reportedly the

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