This is an excellent example of a solid oak bookcase, desk combination, also known as a side by side. The molding is applied carving thereby allowing for a quicker production process than hand carving.
The shelves in the bookcase are adjustable.
This piece of furniture was made between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The 1902 Sears, Roebuck catalog has them listed for the sale price of $11.50! However, this is at a time when $11.50 would have been about a week’s wages for a lot of folks.
This appraisal is for a beautiful pair of Karl Sterrer plaques. Sterrer was an Austrian artist. He lived from 1844 to 1919. The plaques measure 24″ x 12″ unframed. They measure 34″ x 23″ in the frames.
These are dated 1892. The allegorical motif features a sculptor and his muse. Thus, it’s possible that this is a self portrait.
Careful framing is critical with art like this, therefore value is added for the skillful framing. The frames are made of gold gilt gesso over wood.
Sometimes you’ll find these plaques painted over in gold. There’s less value in those due to lost their eye appeal.
These Sterrer plaques work well with mid-century decorating options.
The antique photograph album has 150 pictures in it. Seventy of them are tintypes and the remainder are cabinet card photos. The people in the pictures are mostly local to Gloucester, MA. Below many of the photos
There are no known major historic personalities. Nor are there any “occupational” or sporting photographs which would add value to the album.
Each photo or tintype is approximately 2″x4″ and in good condition.
There are always variables when conducting an appraisal on items that contain many pieces and this photo album is a perfect example. For example, extensive research could reveal one of the photos to be of a historically important person. Barring that, here are my values.
Retail value: $225
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