Sikorski’s Attic: Valuable Furniture, Mom’s Hand, Currier & Ives | Home and outdoor
Dear John: I am looking for information and value on a hutch that I have had for over 30 years. It was made in Grand Rapids Michigan, that’s all I know. Your knowledge is greatly appreciated! – TW, internet
Dear TW: Grand Rapids Michigan was a mecca for furniture making during the last quarter of the 19th century and well into the 20th century. There were many furniture makers in Grand Rapids who used 17th and 18th century English and European styles of furniture.
This type of furniture was made in large quantities during the Great Depression in America. It was rediscovered in the last quarter of the 20th century and became known as “Depression era” furniture after a book titled “Depression Furniture” was published.
For a few years prices have been skyrocketing then came the crest of the wave and currently the dollar values are in the bottom. Currently, if you received $100 net, that would be normal for the course.
For more information on furniture made in Grand Rapids, see the website www.furniturecityhistory.org, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission. Enjoy.
Dear John: I have a mom’s hand nicely mounted on a hinge inside a beautiful wooden box. I have papers from when my dad bought it legally in Germany around 1950. That also explains where the hand came from.
I wonder how I could sell it and the real value. A few years ago, a man who collected Egyptian artifacts offered me $10,000, but my family was unwilling to sell it at the time. Do you have any advice for me? -LA, Internet
Dear LA: Maybe the offer was genuine. There is an old jealousy among old world antique dealers who don’t want the next dealer to have the chance to buy the item in question. Thus, an offer is made well beyond what it could be worth and thus “burns” the article for the next retailer who has the possibility of making an offer which then appears much too low.
In order to give you my opinion on the current potential dollar value, I need a good clear photograph as well as a copy of the documents.
Dear John: I inherited several Currier & Ives prints. I don’t know and may not keep them if they are valuable. I assume there are collectors, but I don’t know how to find them. Can you help me? -GH, Internet
Dear GH: Currier & Ives prints are highly collectible. Yes I can help you. To do this, I need good, clear photographs of your Currier & Ives prints. Make sure all the information in the margin can be clearly read or write down what is there.
John Sikorski has been a professional in the antique trade for over 30 years. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, PO Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or [email protected]