When decorating a room, it’s fun to include something that is out of the ordinary.
Maybe you can find an unusual lamp or a modern painting, or a piece of furniture in a unique style. Try something new and go to an auction to see what is selling.
The recent Neal Auction Company auction sold different styles of antique furniture, including a Campeche chair. It looked a lot like modern chairs, but there was a single curved piece of leather to form the backrest and seat on a simple wooden frame. The back was just tilted enough to make it a perfect place to take a nap. The legs were uppercase C’s upside down, one on each side with a central stretcher. It was a perfect conversation piece.
The name “Campeche” comes from its use in the city of Campeche, Mexico, where it was popular at the end of the 18th century. Historians believed the name came from the campeche wood, but most were made of mahogany. Research into the history of the chair requires skill as it is also referred to as the “Spanish chair” or “butac” (an abbreviated form of other words, “butaca” or “boutaque”, used for the chair). Some call it the “planter’s chair”. Thomas Jefferson had one of those chairs he called “Campeachy”.
The chairs, similar to previous X-frame chairs, were popular in Louisiana and shipped to New Orleans. They were used in Philadelphia in the 1830s and in London around 1845. Some modern artists, including goldsmith William Spratling, created similar pieces in the 1950s. The chairs are still made and sold in the United States today. .
May 23:Current prices
Question: I have quite a few “Lucy” Barbies that never came out of the package. I know they are collector’s items. Is it worth anything?
Reply: “I Love Lucy” was a popular TV show starring Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, who also played Lucy’s TV husband, Ricky Ricardo. It ran on CBS from 1951 to 1957. Mattel made “I Love Lucy dolls”, dressed in costumes representing episodes of the show, from 1997 to 2011. Lucy, Ricky, and Ethel dolls were made. The smaller Kelly “I Love Lucy” dolls, representing Lucy and her friend Ethel, were made in 2008 and 2009. The dolls in their original boxes sell for between $ 10 and $ 50. A few in the mint box cost over $ 100.
Q: I have a Carter’s fountain pen that belonged to my father. It is marbled black with gold colored bands on the cap, a 14k gold nib and is 5 1/2 inches long. Does it have value in addition to sentimental value?
A: William Carter, stationer, founded the William Carter Company in Boston in 1858 and began making ink. It became Carter’s Ink Company in 1888. Carter’s began manufacturing fountain pens in 1924.
The Carter Pen, the first fountain pen bearing the Carter name, was introduced in 1926. It was made of hard rubber and was promoted with the slogan “You Know The Ink”. Celluloid pens were made from 1927. The Pearltex pen, made of a new iridescent material combining mother of pearl and plastic, was introduced in 1929. Cheaper celluloid and hard rubber pens continued to be made. . Pens with clean styles were made from 1930 onwards.
Carter stopped making pens in 1932 but continued to make ink. The company was sold to Dennison Manufacturing Company in 1975. Carter pens were made for only a few years and are collectibles. The condition, material, style and rarity determine the price. They sell for between $ 15 and $ 450.
Q: I recently found an old copy of Motor Travel Magazine dated June 1921, priced at 35 cents. I also found a copy of the People’s Home Journal dated August 1921, priced at 15 cents. Both are in very good condition. Do they have a value? Where can I sell them?
A: The People’s Home Journal was published from 1885 to 1929. It included household tips, recipes, stories, and other articles that appealed to housewives. It could be sold in an antique bookstore for $ 2. Motor Travel was one of several car and road travel magazines published in the 1920s after car ownership became mainstream. Old magazines don’t sell much, but some old advertisements have a decorative appeal. They can be cut from the magazine and framed. If you want to sell the magazines, contact a seller who handles used books.
Q: My grandmother had a complete set of Blue Willow porcelain. Can you tell me the approximate value? It is marked “Flair, Japan” in a rectangle. Underneath it is written “Blue Willow, 603.”
A: Blue Willow dishes were first made in England in 1780. The design, depicting a Chinese landscape with willows, a bridge and birds, has been copied by many companies. Flair, a Japanese company, probably made Blue Willow dishes in the 1950s or ’60s. The plates sell online for between $ 6 and $ 10 each. You didn’t say how many pieces you have, but large dinnerware sets are hard to sell.
TRICK: Old or New Iron Garden Furniture: Old iron furniture usually weighs more, and iron is smoother than new iron. Also look for rust and faded paint. But remember, this too can be rigged.
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