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Antiques Considered - January 21, 2009

 

 

   At the Washington Antiques Show this year several dealers displayed some fine toiletries cases, replete with all of the accoutrements which were deemed necessary for proper ladies and gentlemen of the nineteenth century.

Seeing them I thought of a lady from the Northern Neck who asked about her own box.  It is mahogany with mother-of-pearl inlay, and contains all of the original fittings.  These include perfume bottles, files, pomade jar, ivory comb, and tweezers.  The box is trimmed with brass corners, and has an ivory escutcheon.
The cases served a useful purpose for those who traveled.  Being tightly fitted and lockable with a key, they could be used safely on a coach ride or later on the railroad.  Some were for ladies, others for gentlemen.  Rarely, one finds a complimentary pair, which always have been together.
   More often, such duos have suffered separation, either through estate divisions, or simple sales, which have cast them to the wind.  In addition, many have lost some of their contents, items which were unique to each case, and thus cannot be replaced.  Other pieces of glass have been chipped or broken, thus a good, complete case is especially desirable.
   A good case can reach into hundreds of dollars, depending on the wood, trimming and contents.  Ebony ones with silver and ivory decoration are the most expensive.  Others with brass trim, usually sell for less.  An important aspect of value is the condition of the velvet or leather lining of the interior.  Ones with replaced leather or velvet never seem to look as good.
   Toiletries boxes must be distinguished from letterboxes or lap desks, which are an entirely different genre, one to which I shall return in another column.  Box collectors are a determined sort, and for all types of wooden boxes they can run prices up quickly at auction, particularly if the items are pristine and decorated in an ornate manner.
   This coming Saturday, January 24th, we once again shall be participating in the Saint Clement's Island/Potomac River Museum's annual Appraiser's Fair at the Museum at Colton's Point in Saint Mary's County, Maryland.  Each year it is a great event, and the attendance indicates that its popularity only grows over the years.  I hope to see our readers and their treasures there;   the Fair is always worth the effort.

• Lisa  and Henry Lane Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont  Hwy. (P.O.Box 35) Wicomico Church, Virginia 22579, a firm which he founded in 1973.  The appraisal service began in 1976.  Write to him there,  or by e-mail at comantqu @ crosslink.net, with pictures and descriptions of items you wish to have him treat in "Antiques Considered."
   Please include a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish a personal acknowledgement. Snapshots once sent on to the JOURNAL for publication, cannot be returned.

 

Antiques Considered - January 14, 2009

Last Saturday our family made the annual pilgrimage to the Washington Antiques Show.  This year offered a new venue, the Katzen Center at American University.  There, on three floors, one could visit with some of the finest antiques dealers from across the country, and see some of the best things that they had to sell.

As has been traditional for decades the first exhibitor which one encountered was Gary E. Young from Centreville, Maryland.  As usual, he presented an exquisite collection of pieces of furniture and works of art.  He deals in all aspects of the decorative arts from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Moments before we arrived he had sold a pair of George III mahogany side chairs which were among the finest items in the show.  He also showed a wonderful mahogany library ladder, and a pair of continental Gothic Revival wall brackets.

Malcolm Magruder from Millwood, Virginia, had a great array of American and English antiques, which included three Staffordshire figurines by Obediah Sherratt, representing Saint Paul, Elijah, and The Widow.  At most shows I rarely see even two of his pieces.

The doyenne of the Washington Show is Elinor Gordon from Villanova, Pennsylvania.  She had been in business for 55 years, and has exhibited at this show since it began 54 years ago.   She is the undisputed Queen of Chinese Export Porcelain.  That is all she presents, and to my knowledge, no museum can equal what she displays.  She has written numerous works on her field, and is the world's greatest authority on the Chinese porcelain trade, and like all profound scholars, she delights in sharing her knowledge with all who stop by her booth.

On Saturday afternoon the show seemed to be bursting with people, eager to see and to learn, and for the sake of the dealers, I hope to buy as well.  This show should be a must for collectors in our region, as it is for so many who travel from far and wide to attend. Leaving, one takes home the magnificently illustrated catalog filled with in-depth articles, and beautiful photography.  It alone is well worth the price of admission.

• Lisa  and Henry Lane Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont  Hwy. (P.O.Box 35) Wicomico Church, Virginia 22579, a firm which he founded in 1973.  The appraisal service began in 1976.  Write to him there,  or by e-mail at comantqu @ crosslink.net, with pictures and descriptions of items you wish to have him treat in "Antiques Considered."

Please include a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish a personal acknowledgement. Snapshots once sent on to the JOURNAL for publication, cannot be returned.

 

Antiques Considered - January 7, 2009

A couple from King George recently purchased this chair from an antique shop in Fredericksburg.  She refers to it as being tiger oak, but I suspect the possibility exists that it is English oak.  The finish seems to be in its original condition.  They paid $175 for it, and speculate whether it is a church chair or not.
My initial comment is that the couple got a wonderful bargain.  This chair appears from the photographs to be Jacobean Revival, dating from the mid-nineteenth century.  It is probably not an altar chair from a church, but rather possibly part of a larger dining suite.  The latter likely included another armchair, several side chairs and a large refectory-style table.  I see no carving of religious symbolism on the chair.
This chair replicates the style which was popular in the reign of King James I of England, the first Stuart king, who also James VI of Scotland, and who ushered in a new wave of furniture after the reign of Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch.   
The Jacobean Period, which was the predominant motif down to the reign of William and Mary at century's end, came back into vogue in the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, and pieces were in great demand.  From the dark tone of the oak, I question whether the chair is English, but it also could be American.  To be certain I should have to see it in person.
The carving is the great value in the chair.  It is done by a master craftsman, and shows a high level of sophistication.  Happily, no one decided along the way to strip and refinish the chair.  Given its excellent condition, it is worth $350, or twice what the sale price was.   Obviously, were the chair an original Jacobean piece from the seventeenth century, the value would be much greater, but the Revival pieces have a fine market of their own.
• Lisa and Henry Lane Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont  Hwy. (P.O.Box 35) Wicomico Church, Virginia 22579, a firm which he founded in 1973.  The appraisal service began in 1976.  Write to him there,  or by e-mail at comantqu @ crosslink.net, with pictures and descriptions of items you wish to have him treat in "Antiques Considered."
Please include a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish a personal acknowledgement. Snapshots once sent on to the JOURNAL for publication, cannot be returned.
 

Antiques Considered - December 31, 2008

This Victorian walnut étagère comes from an estate.  It was purchased many years ago, and now is on the market once again to settle the estate.  Minor damage exists on some of the woodwork, and the original half-turtleback marbletop is missing.  The finish is original, and in good condition.
This piece dates from the period immediately before the War Between the States, It is a nice example of the style that predominated in the 1840s and 1850s.  I suspect it is of Northern manufacture, and comes from a cabinet shop, rather than having been made by an individual craftsman.
The tone of the wood is excellent, and the patina seems to be fine.  The broken pieces of wood can be repaired easily and inexpensively if all of the components are still on hand.  The big loss is the marbletop, which could be quite costly to reproduce, yet without it the piece is a fragment of what it once was.
I suggest inquiring from a reputable marble company as to the types of marble available, and the cost of cutting and fitting it into the top.  Inasmuch as the original section is missing, whatever color marble one chooses would work, providing, that is, that the choice is consistent with what would have been used in 1850.  The greatest cost is going to come from having an ogee bevel carved around the edge, if the repair is to be successful, that is a must.
• Lisa  and Henry Lane Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont  Hwy. (P.O.Box 35) Wicomico Church, Virginia 22579, a firm which he founded in 1973.  The appraisal service began in 1976.  Write to him there,  or by e-mail at comantqu @ crosslink.net, with pictures and descriptions of items you wish to have him treat in "Antiques Considered."
Please include a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish a personal acknowledgement. Snapshots once sent on to the JOURNAL for publication, cannot be returned.

Antiques Considered - December 17, 2008

This week's entry is an antique mahogany humidor, replete with its original lining.  It has belonged to a family in Lancaster County since it was new, and is in excellent condition, with its original finish and tin interior.  The lock works perfectly, and there is a silver escutcheon.
The humidor dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when gentlemen retired in the evening to their smoking rooms to enjoy puffing away on a pristine Havana cigar, preferably sharing their stash with like-minded guests.
Unfortunately, over the years many of these boxes underwent radical transformations.  The tin interiors were stripped of the perforated tinware lining, and then painted or varnished, converting the pieces to letterboxes.  This one, having not only its interior, but also the silver escutcheon and brass corner pieces, is particularly nice.
By all means do not refinish, and do not paint the tinware.  The latter never will rust, and its presence doubles the value of the box.  In such fine condition, this humidor is worth $150, and at a good auction with cigar connoisseurs present the price might be even higher.
Humidor is an interesting word in that it speaks to the theory that the cigars should be able to breathe, that is, air should be circulating around them, thus the perforation of the tin top, all designed to keep the cigars fresh and moist.  Today, when smoking cigars offends many people due to the heavy smoke and odor, this custom has decreased.  To diehards it still is important, and items relating to the tobacco habits have their loyal followers.
Not being a smoker myself, I tend not to pay much attention to tobacco-related items, but I can appreciate the value of them to those who do.  This humidor would be a fine addition to any such collection.
Happy Antiquing ….

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