Many Native American tribes nearly lost their culture in the 1960s due to US government rules in the 19th and early 20th centuries. American Indians could be evicted from their lands, resettled on reservations and even sent their children to special boarding schools to learn a new way of life. Children were punished if they continued to practice their ceremonies or speak their mother tongue. Children from the Potawatomi tribe went to a boarding school for boys or girls, where they learned English and a trade. The American Indian Religious Freedom Act passed in the 1970s led to the end of residential schools and the beginning of efforts to bring back Indian culture. A recent auction sold an Indian cradle decorated with silver beads and buttons, but holding a porcelain-headed European doll. It was made by Millie R. Hall, who lived in a Potawatomi boarding school in 1900, an important historical source for a handmade doll. It sold for $ 11,070.
Q: I have a pink glass bowl which I believe is called a “banana boat”. I was told the model name is Delaware. The bowl is 11 3/4 inches wide and has a ruffle edge. Could you corroborate my information and help me with some value?
A: Your bowl is indeed a banana boat. The name of the pattern is “Delaware”, but it was also known as “New Century” or “Four Petal Flower”. The design was first created in 1899 by the US Glass Co., a group of 15 glass companies that merged in 1891 and headquartered in Pittsburgh. Delaware was made of crystal (colorless), emerald green, custard, glass of milk, and ruby stain, just like yours. Some rooms had golden trim. Other Delaware forms included a sugar and a creamer; various bowls; agitators; celery vase; compote dish; burette; cup of pastry cream; toothpick; berry, table and water sets; dressers; and a pin tray. The first American pressed glasses were made between around 1850 and 1910. It fell into disuse in the 1920s. Prices peaked in the 1990s, when your bowl could have fetched over $ 200. Today it is worth around $ 50.
Q: I have an old Alfred Andresen cast iron waffle maker that makes heart shaped waffles. The cooking surface is divided into five heart-shaped parts that make five waffles at a time. It is marked “Minneapolis” and “999” on one side and “981” on the other. What is it worth?
A: Alfred Andresen & Co. was in business in Minneapolis from 1893 to 1913. The company sold household products made by other companies. Alfred Andresen was granted a patent for his “heart-shaped design of a lid for waffle irons” in 1904. The waffle irons were made for Andresen by Griswold. Alfred Andresen & Co. also imported Swedish spinning wheels, Swedish saws and other items that appealed to the Scandinavian community in the area. Waffle irons aren’t popular collectibles, but the heart shape and age of your waffle maker could earn it $ 100 if it still works.
Q: I have to sell a Stieff square grand piano, serial number 6153. I have been told that they are few and that one was in the White House. An antique dealer and auctioneer told me that old pianos are called “boat anchors” which means they are very difficult to sell. The piano is in good condition, but has not been tuned since 2002. Does it have any value as a piano, or for the wood itself? I was told it was Brazilian rosewood, which is no longer available in the US
A: Charles M. Stieff established his piano company in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1842. The business was wound up in 1951. The serial number on your piano indicates that it was made around 1880. Stieff pianos were from well made and were often sold by Steinway dealers as a cheaper line. If you want to sell the piano, contact a local piano dealer who also purchases used pianos. But square pianos are difficult to sell today, and the dealer may not be upset. If you decide to keep the piano, it should be tuned and played from time to time. The price is influenced by the location because it is expensive to ship a piano.
Q: My # 15 Architect Building Set was purchased from Home & Garden in 1944. It is in its original wooden box and cost $ 15 when new. All the pieces to build a model brick house are there, but the glue bottle is cracked. Was it a toy or for an architect? What is it worth?
A: This building set was made by Architector Co. of New York City and was introduced as a boys and girls toy. The complete set includes white and red bricks, wood moldings, shingles, glue and construction plans. The plans were designed by professional architects. Building sets are popular today and your set still contains all the parts and can be used to build a house, so it’s worth around $ 100.
Q: I am looking for information about a maker’s mark on a porcelain clock. The initials “GB” are embossed above a plow. The letters under the plow but the last three letters are “dare” with an accent on the “e”. It may be to drop. I wondered if it was Spanish.
A: This mark was used by Gustav Bossenroth, a German watchmaker. There is almost no information about him, but he is sometimes listed in Berlin and as working in the early 1900s. The word depose is French and means the design has been registered.
advice: 19th century Indian blankets are not generally restored by museums. They stabilize them, mount them on a fabric stand to prevent them from further damaging them, and hang or frame them. Some believe that even dirt could be searched for in its original condition in the future.
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Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Button, Animal Rescue League, Boston, Mass., Dog photo, pewter lithograph, blue and gold, lapel pin, 1930s, 1 inch diameter, $ 25.
Photo, engraving, Christopher Columbus on his deathbed, priest at the bedside, last rites, hand in hand, black and white, 1850, 10 x 9 inches, $ 50.
Herend Nut Dish, Scallop-Shaped Trilobed Bowls, Center Rose, White and Rose, Gold Trim, Hand Painted, c. 1900, 11 inches, $ 155.
Stuffed Animal, Waggy Weasel, Brown and White Dralon Plush, Felt Paws, Plastic Whiskers, Glass Eyes, Tag, Steiff, 1962, 7 inch, $ 210.
Naval Bell in Bronze, Curved Top Handle for Mounting, Silver Plated, Rope Bell, USN Embossed, 1938, 7 x 7 inches, $ 300.
Musical Instrument, Temple Drum, Ritual, Wood with Yak Skin, Double Leather, Symbols, Forged Nails, Tibet, c. 1905, 7 x 23 inches, $ 450.
Pin, Love Knot, 14k Yellow Gold, Blue Enamel Flowers, Center Diamond, Victorian Love Symbol, c. 1910, 1 inch, $ 545.
Desk, Professors, Walnut, Sloped Top, Turned Legs, Dovetail Back Panel, Top Knobs, Book Storage, c. 1900, 33 x 52 inches, $ 800.
Worcester dessert set, cake and plate stand, turquoise enamel beaded edge, flowers, marked, c. 1845, 9-inch plates, 5-piece set, $ 1,500.
Button, plique-à-jour enameled glass, green and white, silver dome frame, mistletoe, openwork, 1800s, 1 1/2 inch diameter, $ 2,525.
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