This Old Thing: table and chair set serves breakfast vell
Q This is my very old circular Canadiana maple/pine table and four arrow back chairs. I have used this kitchen set for many years in our family home. We bought the table at an antique show in Cambridge in 1972 for $200 and bought the swept-back chairs at a farmhouse auction for $150. My husband repainted the chairs. The table has a 101 centimeter diameter (40 inch) top and we were told it was pine with a maple pedestal and was formerly a tilt top table. The chair seats are over an inch and a half thick (3.8cm) and are quite comfortable to sit on. I would greatly appreciate your expertise in determining the value of this set in today’s market.
A. I believe your set was made in Ontario and the converted table works well for breakfast. The swept back style of the Windsor chair was very popular for many years in the 19th century – still very nice and earlier with the single ‘plank’ seat like yours. This form of tripod table was a space saver as a tilting top and also very popular at the time. All your pieces date from around the 1850s. I could only suggest that the pedestal is cherry with a leg or two. The furniture market today is a market for buyers, not sellers. Before 2008, this set would have generated a good profit for you. Today, it might be good to review your initial investment. It’s a nice Canadiana set, whatever.
Q This is an acorn-shaped humidor that I received as a family heirloom. It belonged to my great-grandfather, who used it for tobacco storage. I think it’s caramel glass. It is 15 cm tall (6 inches). There is no identifying mark on it. Any information on its age and value would be appreciated.
A. Your legacy has obviously worked well as a cigar humidor. It is actually a covered sugar bowl and was produced at the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company of Greentown, Ind., (1894 to 1903) and collectors have called the products of this company “Greentown Glass”. The well-known type of “toffee slag” was originally sold and described as “chocolate glass”. The original company name for this model was “No. 400”, known today as the “Leaf Bracket”. Chocolate was invented by Jacob Rosenthal in 1900 when he joined the Greentown Company Your sugar bowl was part of a four piece set that included a butter, cream jug and spoon holder It is in pristine perfect condition to find – the feet being quite prone to damage – and is worth $60 today.
Q I got this bowl from my grandmother who once owned an antique store. I think it’s very early Wedgwood. It has a matte finish like jasper and the inside is shiny. The bowl measures 18 cm in diameter and 10 cm high at the ornate tips (7 by 4 inches). There are obscure marks on the bottom. Could you please give an opinion on the age and value of this bowl?
A. Your porcelain bowl was made by the firm of Schafer & Vater — founded in Rudolstadt, Germany, in 1890. The white relief decoration on the sides is molded — in Wedgwood pieces, the side decorations were applied separately. The contrasting pink interior is striking. This company is well known for producing comical and bizarre figurines, bottles, tea sets and ashtrays. Generally referred to as “German Jasper”, much of it was made around the 1920s. It is also common for the mark of a crowned star containing an “R” to be unclear. Your unusual and attractive serving dish is worth $65 today.