s: A relative gave me a ceramic vase many years ago, and I would like to know more about it. The owls have raised glossy and glossy leaves. The bottom has an oval label that says “Amphora” in the middle and “Made in Czecho-Slovakia” in a frame around that. Can you tell me anything about him?
a: The vase was made by Riessner and Stellmacher & Kessel Amphora. They were among the most famous pottery makers in Teplice, Bohemia, which is now in the Czech Republic. The label it describes was used by the company from 1918 to 1939. The vase is porcelain with an enamelled owl, leaves, and geometric motif. A vase like mine recently sold for $425.
s: How do I find the value of a painting of SS Port Caroline painted by a. Jacobsen in 1889? The painting was restored some 40 years ago and is in the original frame. I would like to find the value for insurance purposes. Can you suggest where I can get this information?
a: Antonio Niccolò Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921) was born in Denmark and came to the United States in 1873. He painted more than 6,000 pictures of sailing ships and steamships, some commissioned by ship captains. Some of his paintings sold at auction for several thousand dollars this year. Your painting should be inspected by an expert to get the value. An appraisal for insurance purposes differs from an appraisal of sale value. Find out what type of assessment your insurance company requires. Perhaps a written assessment by a well-qualified expert. You can find appraisers who specialize in drawing by contacting the major appraisal societies, the American Society of Appraisers, the American Association of Appraisers, and the International Association of Appraisers. Contact information is listed in the business directory on Kovels.com. An art museum in a major city may also be able to suggest appraisers in your area.
s: I bought a silver spoon set in 1981 or 1982. It contains all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The country name is on the handle and a country symbol at the end. The bowl of the spoon is engraved with a scene from that case. On the back are “American Collectors Guild” and “Heritage Collection of American States”. Will they have any value in the coming years?
a: The American Collectors Guild, a company in Dania, Florida, sells these spoons by mail order. The design on the end is the official state seal. The date of joining the federation and the official flag and flower of the state are below. The first spoon in the series, the Washington, D.C., was introduced in 1985 and cost a 10-cent coupon. Additional spoons may be purchased three spoons at a time. Spoons are made of silver plate, which is not sold for a very expensive price. A full set of 51 spoons recently sold for $15. You can further sell the spoons individually. They might appeal to someone looking to complete their collection. Individual spoons sell for about $2.50 to $6.
s: Can you tell me if the “Gentlemenity, Fine China” dinnerware you bought in 1968 is worth anything today? Not sure if it’s considered collectible after 50 years.
a: Dinnerware marked “heraldry” was made in many styles. It is also the name of a pattern made by Fine China in Japan and other makers. There is not much information about Nobility China. Some sellers say it was made by Jackson China, a company founded in Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, in 1914 and operating under various names and owners until 1985. Vintage dinnerware is hard to sell unless you find someone looking to fill in a set or replace pieces that have been outdated. Uncut. Dinner plates sell for $10 or less.
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