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Antiques Considered - April 3, 2013

The recent papal election has prompted a local resident to ask about his two papal cameos.  He purchased them separately at antiques shops, and had one inserted in the silver-finished frame.  The one on the left is Pope Pius IX, the longest reigning Bishop of Rome who ruled from 1846 to 1878.  The one on the right is Pope Leo XIII, who succeeded Pius IX from 1878 to 1903.   The latter was the second longest papal reign until exceeded by Pope John Paul II.

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Antiques Considered - March 27, 2013

A couple from the Washington area, who now live in the Northern Neck, purchased this pair of small dishes at an estate sale for $50.  They have been unsuccessful in getting the broken one repaired, and question whether they paid too much, given the condition of the one.  They also wish to know the purpose of the

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 27, 2013

Antiques Considered - March 20, 2013

This English Regency table was a purchase in England many years ago.  The wood is mahogany and the secondary wood is English oak.  The finish is original, as is the knob.  The owners, a retired couple in the Northern Neck, acquired the table from an antiques shop many years ago.  They do not recall the purchase price, but consider the piece to be one of their finest.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 20, 2013

Antiques Considered - March 13, 2013

An Englishman bought this Imari charger many years ago, and brought it with him when he immigrated to America.  It is 30 inches in diameter, and is in perfect condition, with the colors remaining brilliant.  The back has some decoration, but no marking to indicate the maker.  He is thinking of selling it, and asks what its current value would be.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 13, 2013

Antiques Considered - March 6, 2013

This Victorian painted dresser comes from a family that acquired it at an antique shop many years ago. It already was painted when they purchased it, and they question whether the present finish is original. The glove boxes are not attached, but are painted in the same vein as the chest. All of the drawers have the original locks.

Read more: Antiques Considered - March 6, 2013

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