Chairs and china have little monetary value

Q: I found this chair at Antique City in Micanopy a few years ago. We love it and have never seen anything like it. Do you have any idea where this could be coming from? Also, is it worth more than the $70 we paid? We plan to keep it whether it has value or not. Thank you for your time and expertise. — M. and AH, Micanopy

A: The corner chair you have is traditional in style and widely available on various websites. Most sellers with examples like the one you have list the country of origin as China. I suspect your chair was made shortly before you purchased it. Internet sellers charge between $150 and $500 and more. I doubt they are selling like hotcakes. The price you paid was probably the importer’s cost.

There is no special interest for collectors of these Haviland porcelain pieces.

Q: My 89-year-old mother recently gifted me, at age 67, some dishes that she said belonged to my great-great-grandmother. My internet research indicates that this porcelain pattern is Albany, Schlesinger #107, Greek key pattern, probably made in the 1940s, which based on simple math makes it more likely that it was purchased by my grandmother or my great-grandmother. It is in very good condition, no chips or cracks, and the pattern is not worn. Photos are attached.

Although not a complete set, there are approximately 35 pieces, including several serving dishes. Can you confirm the identification of this porcelain? And, is there any real interest or value for collectors? I guess not because I easily found parts to sell on eBay. Thanks for your help. —JH, Internet

A: There is no particular interest for collectors of your Haviland porcelain pieces. The dollar value is relative to the replacement market for porcelain models. I suspect interest in the design you think of your coins is quite low. I suggest you contact Replacements Ltd in Greensboro, NC; they buy Haviland porcelain. Depending on the demand for your model, if they are currently buying it, they will send you a buy sheet with the prices they are willing to pay. The phone number is 1-800-REPLACE. Good luck.

Q: One of your posts from the Gainesville Sun just appeared on my feed in Houston. I appreciated your concrete evaluation of the presented articles. As a Corningware reseller, I see false claims about its value all the time. This, in addition to inflation, really increased the asking prices. As a graduate of the inaugural class of Vanguard High School in 1971, it was a pleasant surprise to see where you are based. Thanks. —JH, Internet

A: I appreciate your letter. Thanks for mentioning all the exaggerations on the values.

— John Sikorski, with over 35 years of experience, is an Ocala-based antiques advisor, consultant and broker. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, c/o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or email [email protected]

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