The 19th century New England ram figure resting was a doorstop


Antique stoneware was often used in small local pottery shops in 19th century New England. They made useful objects in shapes and imaginative figures and vases that could be decorated by hand. Bristol slip glaze was popular because it was scratch resistant and added color.

A hobby artist built a resting ram as a doorstop. The 9-inch hand-sculpted animal sold for $ 144, likely because it was missing part of its horn and an ear.

Q: I was left with a Lane Cedar Chest which has an aroma sealing function. The chest is 17½ inches high, 19 inches deep and 44 inches wide. The inside of the chest is in excellent condition, but the outside shows some signs of wear. I’m not sure it’s worth holding on to. Is it worth anything

A: Lane began as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Co. in Altavista, Virginia in 1912. John Lane was President and his son Ed was Vice President and General Manager. In 1922 it became The Lane Co. The company was known for its cedar chests, often used as “hope chests” by future brides. Lane began making side tables in 1951 and expanded it to include bedroom, living room and dining room furniture in the 1960s and 70s. Today Lane is part of United Furniture Industries. You can find out the age of your Lane Chest by looking for the serial number on the bottom. If you read the number backwards you will find the production date. For example, the serial number 753150 indicates that the chest was manufactured on 5/13/57. An additional digit at the end of the serial number is the factory number. Lane cedar chests made before 1987 have the old style locks that can lock and lock a child inside. These locks should be removed or replaced. Value depends on style and condition. Some Lane Chests sell for less than $ 50, while others sell for over $ 100.

From a reader: The advertisement for the cold wheat cream featured in your July 2nd column didn’t show any cold, lumpy breakfast cereal. It showed a pudding. The pudding was made from uncooked wheat cream, cranberry or other fruit juice, lemon juice and sugar. It was boiled for about five minutes and then set aside to cool. After cooling, it was beaten with a mixer for at least 10 minutes until it was light and fluffy. Then it was refrigerated for at least two hours. It was served with fruit, whipped cream or whipped cream.

Q: I have a piece of Weller ceramics that belonged to my grandfather. It is stamped “Weller” on the base. He was a barber and used this piece to keep used towels in the barber shop. I don’t want to sell, but I would like to know more about the piece. I’ve seen some pieces with a similar glaze (dark green and burgundy red) but couldn’t find anything else in the same shape or size.

A: Samuel A. Weller founded a pottery in Fultonham, Ohio in 1872. The pottery moved to Zanesville, Ohio in 1882. In 1915 it was the largest ceramic art in the world. Hundreds of lines of pottery have been made. Weller’s Prestige Lines were discontinued around 1920. Commercial lines were made until the pottery closed in 1948. Some old Weller ceramics sold for thousands of dollars. Pieces from the 1920s and later are cheaper. It is impossible to make a good evaluation if you cannot handle the piece. You should take it to someone nearby who sells antique pottery or email it to with a picture.

Q: I would like to sell a vintage lamp from HA Best Lamp Co. of Chicago. It has a bronze base and a curved glass shade. What is its worth?

A: Harry Arthur Best founded HA Best Lamp Co. around 1915. The company produced lamps in Art Nouveau and handicrafts. It was in business until around 1935. The value of your lamp depends on the type of shade. Some HA Best Co. lamps with caramel shades sold for $ 250 to $ 850.

Top: Take the glass covers of your old lights and wash them in the top basket of the dishwasher, but only if they are not painted or enameled. Use the lowest heat possible on your dishwasher.

On the block

Current prices are recorded from antique fairs, flea markets, sales, and auctions in the United States. Prices vary in different locations due to local economic conditions.

Royal Doulton, Bunnykins Figure, Halloween, DB 132, Mouse Jumps Out of Jack-O-Lantern, End of Handle on Head, Brown Mouse, Orange Pumpkin with Yellow Stripes, Graham Tongue, 1993-97, 3¼ in., $ 60.

Textile, Christopher Columbus, holding globe with America printed on it, 1492-1892, FN and crosses on the sides, blue, red, and yellow on a white background, World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893, gilt frame, 34 x 24 inches, $ 135.

Wallet, purse, Judith Leiber, taupe bouquet, two handles, gold-tone clasp, interior compartments, coin pocket, mirror, metal plate with Judith Leiber New York logo, 8 x 11 x 3½ inches, $ 275.

Peking glass snuff bottle, red algae on matte and crackled bottom, bronze rope-edged stopper cap, 5 x 1½ inches, $ 300.

Wood carving, House Bird, black alder wood, smooth surface, two steel wire legs, Charles and Ray Eames, original Vitra Design Museum box, 8 x 11 x 3¼ inches, $ 460.

Furniture, chair, Windsor, arch back, nine spindles plus two side spindles, end-to-end arm, bamboo turned legs, black paint, Pennsylvania, circa 1820, 35 inches, $ 550.

Rookwood vase, forest scene, parchment glaze, slightly conical shape, flared and rolled edge, inscribed, Frederick Rothenbusch, 1920, 7 inches, $ 685.

Jewelry, lapel pin, lute-playing grasshopper, figural, 18k yellow gold, enamel details, ruby ​​eyes, Italy, 1970s, 2 x 1¼ inches, $ 935.

Furniture, table, coffee, two-piece wooden base supporting a glass top with three curved sides, Mid-Century Modern, Isamu Noguchi for Herman Miller, around 1950, 16 x 50 x 36 inches, $ 1,500.

Ceramic, bowl, blue stylized figures connected on hands and feet, textured brown glaze, steep sides, short foot, marked, Edwin and Mary Scheier, New Hampshire, 8¼ x 7¼ inches, $ 1,750.


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