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Antiques and Collecting: Copies of originals can sometimes prove valuable |

Antiques and Collecting: Copies of originals can sometimes prove valuable

Although antique dealers often say that early 1900s oak furniture doesn’t sell well, average Chippendale pieces are not wanted and fancy French designs of the past are out of style, some pieces — and even good copies — can be a good investment.

In 1899, Wallace Nutting began photographing, hand-coloring and selling scenes that had a “Colonial” look.


He bought and borrowed the furniture and accessories featured in the scenes, and he sold thousands of the pictures. There were some historic flaws in the images, such as hooked rugs in front of the fireplace in an early 1700s scene.

Eventually, he started to make and sell accurate copies of different types of furniture, including Queen Anne, Chippendale and Hepplewhite period pieces.

Today, there are collectors of Wallace Nutting furniture and photographs.

A Wallace Nutting tavern table made in the early 20th century as a copy of an 18th-century table sold at a Garth’s auction for $469.

Q: I have a Napanee Dutch Kitchenet in very good condition, except for missing brackets that connect the top and base of the cabinet. I’d like information on where I might be able to buy replacement brackets.

A: The Napanee Line of Dutch Kitchenet kitchen cabinets was introduced in about 1914 by Coppes Brothers and Zook of Nappanee, Indiana. Freestanding kitchen cabinets such as these were also made by Hoosier and other manufacturers. They were popular from about 1900 until the 1930s, when built-in cabinets became available. Sources for replacement parts can be found by searching online. One source for vintage kitchen cabinet hardware is hardwareofthepast.com.

Q: I have a cup and saucer marked with a crown over crossed swords and the letters “R” and “C” between the swords. An ampersand is between the sword handles. Below that, it reads “Pompadour.” Who made this, and what is it worth?

A: Your cup and saucer were made by Philipp Rosenthal Co., which started in Selb, Bavaria, in 1891. This mark was used from 1891 to 1904.

Several variations of the mark were used later. Pompadour is the name of the shape. Rosenthal bought other companies and eventually had factories in several other German cities. The brand became part of the Arcturus Group in 2009. The value of your cup and saucer is about $25.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

• Doll: Navajo, stuffed cloth, blue velvet blouse, red bottons, striped cotton skirt, beaded necklace, woolen black hair, 1950s; 12 inches; $84

• Toy truck: fire pumper, red, silver, white rubber tires, wooden rims, cast iron, Hubley, 1930s; 5 inches; $150

• Chess set: lapis lazuli, white marble, white border, fitted case, Morita Gil; 10¾ by 10¾ inches; $258

• Lamp: electric, three-light, caramel slag glass, laurel leaves, urn, silver tone base, vines, signed, Miller; 24 by 15 inches; $405

• Silver pitcher: cylindrical, quilted, twist handle, Earl Evans, Alfredo Ortega Sons, Mexico, 7½ inches, $1,020.

• Bronze sculpture: Sorel Etrog, walking figure, Canada, 1933; 8 inches; $6,875

Terry and Kim Kovel, authorities on collectibles, write for the King Features Syndicate. Visit www.kovels.com.

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