Gustav Stickley created icons of American design. Inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris of the English Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley started the Craftsman workshop in 1900. It was the originator of what was later called mission furniture, with its simple shapes and sturdy, hammered iron and copper hardware and an emphasis on skilled craftsmanship. and practicality instead of decoration. He favored oak because it is strong and heavy. Like the movement in England, Stickley’s style went beyond a brand of furniture; it was quite a philosophy. He published a magazine called “The Craftsman”.
This first Stickley desk, made around 1900, sold for $ 3,900 at Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York. It has a drop front that can be folded up when the writing surface is not in use, taking up less room in the room. Other adjustable or multi-function Stickley models include an adjustable recliner chair and a shelf that could also be used as a table.
Q: I have a small pin and a matching 8 inch hat pin from the San Xavier Mission in Arizona. Both are embossed with an image of the mission and marked with three hearts with the letters “P & B” and “Sterling”. My grandmother said her mother bought them when they went to California by train in the early 1900s. What can you tell me about them?
A: These were manufactured by Paye & Baker, a company operating in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, from 1901 to the 1960s. The company started as Simmons & Paye in 1896 and became Paye & Baker in 1901. Souvenir spoons, jewelry, and novelty items were produced until 1919, when the company began manufacturing dental and surgical instruments. Production of silverware resumed in 1923. The company became a division of the Bishop Company in 1952 and ceased operations in the early 1960s.
Q: I recently bought a cut glass decanter at an auction. There is a white residue at the very bottom. How can I remove it without damaging the crystal?
A: The white residue is caused by calcium, lime and other minerals present in hard water. It can be removed by filling the carafe with lukewarm water and adding white vinegar, vinegar and baking soda, or a denture tablet. Let sit for several hours or overnight. Rinse off the solution and wash the carafe in a plastic tub or sink covered with a towel or rubber mat to prevent chipping. Turn the faucet to one side or place a rubber collar on the spout to avoid hitting the metal. Wash in lukewarm (not hot) water and detergent, rinse and place upside down on a dish rack to dry. The inside of the carafe can be dried by inserting pieces of an old cotton sheet and using the handle of a wooden spoon or a wooden dowel to wipe it down.
Q: I have a reversible jacquard bedspread that belonged to my great-grandparents, who got married in Northwest Ohio in 1863. I kept it in a plastic covering, in a cardboard storage box on a shelf in my basement. It is 90 inches long and 82 inches wide and has fringes on three sides. The bangs are intact except for about 4 inches of space at the bottom edge. Part of the hem of the fourth edge needs to be sewn up. Overall, it is in very good condition. What should I do for its future preservation? What can he be worth?
A: Textiles should not be stored in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Cardboard contains acids and resins which can damage textiles. Plastic bags can contain harmful chemicals. If you are using a plastic container, make sure it is safe for long term storage of textiles. Blankets should be rolled up to avoid fold lines and wrapped in unbleached muslin or cotton sheet, then kept in an acid-free archival container. You can buy containers at housewares stores or online. You can also simply lay the bedspread flat on a bed in a room that is not in use and cover it with a sheet to prevent dust. Jacquard blankets have elaborate pictorial designs that are made on a special loom or using a special accessory. Many blanket weavers worked in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. They often wove their name or initials, the date, where the cover was made or a message in a corner block. A signed and dated corner block adds value. Condition is important and the missing fringe will reduce the value. Signed covers recently sold for $ 250 to $ 500. The value of your unsigned cover with missing bangs would be about half of it.
Q: My husband received a Camel lighter from his uncle years ago. It is 2 inches high and 2 inches wide and is in the original box. The box and the lighter represent a camel and pyramids, and the words “Camel, have a real cigarette!” At the bottom it says “Crown design Reg’d”. It is in excellent condition. Does it have any value?
A: This Crown lighter was made in Japan in the 1960s. Several other companies have made the same lighter, and they are easy to find for sale online. The lighter, in excellent condition and in the original box, is worth less than $ 25.
TIP: Never wear rubber gloves when cleaning or handling silver. The sulfur from the gloves tarnishes the silver.
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