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As part of the Free Instant Appraisals Offering (currently discontinued) almost 200 objects were appraised by the renowned auction house, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  Readers provided a description and photos of the objects they submitted.  Browse through these pages to hone your skills or take the QUIZ, "You Be the Judge", to pit your knowledge against that of the experts!

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Asian Plate Nixon Inaugural Serigraph McClelland Barclay Painting Sugar Bowl
Ceramic Plate Gravy Boat Impressionist Painting Panoramic Painting
Bedroom Set Coach Set Antique Plate Meggido Collection Desk
Wine Cellar Carnival Glass Art Lovers' Weekly Vintage Bathing Suit

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Asian Plate

Description:

I believe this plate was owned by a Japanese American, but it looks Chinese to me. It's been in our family since the 1930s. Except for the flaws made during painting and firing there are no cracks or chips.  Its perfect. I would really like to know how old it is and where it may have come from. Its about seventeen inches in diameter.

Appraisal:

The charger is Chinese blue and white, seems to date to the early 20th century, and at auction would probably realize $150. Asian porcelain and works of art have a longstanding heritage and tradition, and it is difficult to truly ascertain the value or age of a piece through a photograph. This estimate is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Description:

This is a serigraph print which was a gift to those who contributed to the 1973 Nixon Agnew Inaugural and attended the concerts and candlelight dinners. The print and letter measure 8.5" x 11" which goes into the folder, which goes into the envelope. You should be able to read the letter which will describe it.  It's in perfect condition. We've had it from the beginning, but I'm not sure how it was obtained.

Appraisal:

Richard Nixon inaugural ephemera are very common and can be found on e-bay and other sites. I would appraise the items at $40-$60. This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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McClelland Barclay Painting

Description:

I've owned this painting for about 35 years. I bought it directly from McClelland Barclay's fiancé, I believe her name was Maddy. She was showing his work at a small gallery in West Hampton Beach, LI, NY about 1970. I came across it in a back room, it was unframed and not on display. I bought it because of the story she told me was interesting. She said it was the last thing he painted before going to war, where he died. It's done on illustrator's board with only red, white and black paint and she believed it was a premonition of death. Notice the match burning down to the man's fingers, the ghostly figure in the upper right corner and of course the colors. It was appraised in the early '80s for $2600. It's in perfect condition.

Appraisal:

Although it is difficult to see the details of the work, it looks to be a nice example of the artist’s work.  Based on current auction records a preliminary estimate for the work would be $2,000-3,000 or $3,000-5,000 (pending in house inspection).  I would be happy to speak with you further about the possibility of consignment.  This is based on the photo and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Sugar Bowl

Description:

This sugar bowl and spoon belonged to my great grandmother. The marking on the spoon is "WM Rogers." The markings on the silver holder are "Meriden and B Company" it also says quadruple plate, "260 USA." Under the lid it has the initials "ohk" in cursive writing. The bowl is thick cut glass with a very small chip in the base. Other than needing cleaned the whole set is in fantastic shape. I would love to find out the history of this piece.

Appraisal:

The Meriden Britannia Company of Meriden, Connecticut began in the 1850s and went on to form the International Silver Company. In 1862 they purchased the Rogers Bros. silver company, so the sugar bowl was a silver plated piece from the end of the 19th century made by the Meriden Britannia Company from one of the Rogers design lines. At auction silver plate sells very conservatively, even older American pieces, and this bowl by itself would probably realize around $15.  This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Ceramic Plate

Description:

This is a very old Henry Alcock dish, but it has defects that are original and are covered by the glaze. If you look at the lower right corner you will see the pattern is missing there, yet the glaze is covering it. You can also see that the pin stripe on the inside border of the pattern on the right side it doesn't match up, though it does everywhere else.

Appraisal:

This looks to be a 19th/20th century transfer decorated serving dish. With the industrializing of manufacture, many ceramic and porcelain factories moved towards using transfer decoration (transferring a print directly onto a piece) as a more efficient means of decorating and producing a larger volume of product. The print did not always transfer completely or was sometimes put off center. An auction estimate for this piece by itself would be $30-50. This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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Gravy Boat

Description:

This is a gravy boat made by HAUTIN& BOULENGER, 1804-1974, by CHOISY-LE-ROI from France. An antique dealer said it looks like it was buried for years because of the stains on it, but no one can seem to identify the gravy boat.

Appraisal:

This gravy boat is in the Japonais pattern by the Hautin and Boulenger firm, and seems to date to the end of the 19th century (the height of the age of Japonisme) and would have an auction estimate of $300-500. This based on the information and photos provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Impressionist Painting

Description:

This is an Impressionism painting on board of trees, clouds, and a house.  It has a long signature in bottom left corner, but can't make it out. There is old wallpaper attached to back. I bought it at an estate sale.

Appraisal:

It is difficult to tell the artist from the images sent in this email.  Based on the provenance, size and subject matter I would say that this holds a decorative estimate of $300-500.  If I could see a better image of the signature this estimate could change.  This estimate is based on the information and photos provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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Panoramic Painting

Description:

This panoramic painting on cardboard is signed "W. Howard - Toledo" - maybe Toledo, Spain? It looks like 1960's or 70's, but I am not sure. The frame is 39" x 31."   There is a chip on right bottom corner of frame. The picture itself is 30 ½" by 22."

Appraisal:

It is difficult to determine which W. Howard is the artist of this painting.  The subject does appear to be Toledo, Spain and the style looks to be from mid 20th century.  Given the size and lack of information about the artist, I would say a preliminary estimate would be $300-500 or $400-600.  This could always change upon in house inspection and is based on the photos and information provided. 
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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Bedroom Set

Description:

I don’t know much about this bedroom set it. It came to me when my great aunt passed away. It does have a few scratches and nicks but over all it’s in very good shape. Please let me know what you think.

Appraisal:

This appears to be a Rococo Revival bedroom suite, which may have been produced in the second quarter of the 20th century. I’d estimate $400-600 for the bed, mirror, and chest of drawers, based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Coach Set

Description:

I believe this Dewitt Clinton coach set is from the 1800’s.  It looks like to coaches are made of copper.  The track is brass and 38 inches long.  The wheels roll well. The side of the coach in back reads "m.h.r.r.co."  Overall it is in good condition.

Appraisal:

 The DeWitt Clinton was by most accounts the third locomotive to operate in the United States.  It was built in the early 1830's and was part of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad (hence the M.H.R.R.Co. on the side of your coach) which ran between Albany and Schenectady. Models such as yours don't come up at auction that often but a single model of the engine came up a few years ago and brought over $700.  Going back to the late 1990's a version much like yours came up for auction in England and brought almost $4000.  Currently I would put an auction estimate of $2000/4000 on your interesting model. This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Antique Plate

Description:

I have an antique plate that has passed down through at least two generations.  It is a painted plate that has a gold border on it.  There are no chips. The plate is a part of the art collections by Sabin.  The only other markings on it are the insignia and there are words "I L 2 maggio."  The artists name is F. Goya. Apparently, it is a part of a collector’s series, but this is the only one that I have.

Appraisal:

This plate is from a modern series of collector porcelain plates with decoration after famous works of art; this plate having a scene from a painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. On e-bay, these plates sell for around $10. This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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Meggido Collection Desk

Description:

This desk was given to me after it received some Hurricane damage during Hugo (1989) and I have been the sole owner since then. I completely restored it, as well as recovered the original chair seat. It is made from teak and all other ornamentation is solid brass. I overlaid the top with a synthetic leather. There are two seals on this piece and they both read "The Meggido Collection" made in Israel. I know it was purchased around 1972 in Israel. The original cost of the desk was $10,000 and the chair $1,500.

Appraisal:

Contemporary makers of reproduction furniture sell very conservatively at auction compared with their retail price. Often, people would rather spend nearly 10x as much on a brand new Baker table than on a Baker table with a few years of age on it at auction. We were unable to find any pieces from this Meggido Collection selling at auction or through any general furniture dealer. At auction, this would have an estimate of $800-1,200 with the chair.  This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Wine Cellar

Description:

I am curious if you have any knowledge on this wine cellar?   I have been told that is what it is. I bought it from my mom and it had an 1893 newspaper behind the mirror. It has very fragile carvings on it.

Appraisal:

About two years ago we had a very similar folk art cabinet come to auction.  Instead of the classical figures of your piece ours had figures with an American western motif.  Both themes were popular in the late 1800's and it makes sense them being on cabinets from this period.  At auction I would expect your cabinet to bring $1000/2000.  This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Carnival Glass

Description:

This is a Vintage Indiana Glass covered canister manufactured in the Grape Harvest pattern. The canister measures approximately 9 inches tall with the lid on. The opening across the top measures almost 6 1/4 inches. The container displays beautiful metallic iridescence on the teal blue base glass. There are no breaks, cracks, chips or repairs on this magnificent container. It is in outstanding condition.    

Appraisal:

Carnival glass was an inexpensively produced glass which was first made in the late 19th century and continues to be produced today.  Carnival glass is pressed in a mold as opposed to being blown and is often iridescent.  While this item is a good example the amount of carnival glass created has kept the resale value fairly low.  At auction I would expect your canister to bring around $100. This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Art Lovers' Weekly

Description:

I have 44 volumes of a periodical called "Art Lovers' Weekly." This is a large periodical 10 ½" x 13."  The front page has Morton Building, Chicago, USA

There are about 22 pages in each volume. Each page has a print on it with a description on the opposite page. All are in black and white or sepia tones. The inside cover reads "Artotype reproductions of the worlds famous paintings and sculpture with critical and descriptive text. Sketches of the lives of artists and sculptors and other interesting matter relating to art." Publishers note reads "The painting and sculptures brought together for publication in the Art Lovers' Weekly represent in a great many cases the choice made by national art jurors in the countries of origin. This system of selection has resulted in an array unprecedented in magnitude and universal in character."   I think they might be about 75 years old, but there is no date on any of them. I have attached pictures of the front and inside cover information on Volume 1, and one of the prints. I would like to know if these have any value and any information about the weekly and when it would have been in circulation.

Appraisal:

I’ve asked around and looked at the auction records and have found nothing about "Art Lover’s Weekly." Two of our appraisers have not come across them in all the years they have been in the business. Glenn Humphreys at the Chicago Public Library might be a good person to contact because he specializes in all things Chicago.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

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Vintage Bathing Suit

Description

My grandmother owns the bathing suit in the pictures. She is unsure as to the exact date of the suit, but she believes it is from the early 1900s. She is interested in learning more and finding out the value of the suit. The measurements are: 38 inches (shoulder to bottom of bloomer leg); 33 inches (shoulder to crotch); 11.5 inches at shoulder; 20 inches at bust line; 21 inches at waist line; 23.5 inches at hips. The tag on the inside says R.H. White Co. There is some material at the shoulder by the buttons and on the back that is wearing thin. There are also some small holes in the fabric.

Appraisal:

What a wonderful collectible bathing suit.  It seems to be in great condition.  While it is a really interesting collectors item, I am afraid that it would not have the best auction value.  There not any comparable items available for comparison on the market, which it makes difficult to put a price.  The designer also doesn’t seem to have any records.  I would give a preliminary fair market value of the item for auction at $100/200.  Since many of the items at auction are purchased to be worn, your suit serves more of a collecting aspect.  This is based on the photos and information provided.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

 
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