Antique Oak Bookcase & Desk Combination

Antique Oak Bookcase & Desk Combination
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Antique Oak Bookcase & Desk Combination

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.

Retail value: $350

Wholesale $150

Karl Sterrer Plaques

Karl Sterrer Plaques

Karl Sterrer Polychrome Sculpture Pair Value

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.

Retail value: $900

Wholesale value $400

Antique Photograph Album

Antique Photo Album

Antique Photo Album

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

Wholesale value:$150

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