The following info applies to this Nichols & Stone Rockport armchair as well as other pieces by N&S.
A Nichols & Stone shop mark was burned into most pieces to verify authenticity. However, when we see a chair without a burned in shop mark it may have happened because of oversight or broken branding irons.
Nevertheless, when there is no brand there is often a paper label. The one that appears on your chair was used extensively in the 1930″s. Though our research was unable to produce an exact match we are confident that this chair would be in the date range of 1930-1940.
Catalogs were very expensive to publish during the The Great Depression and were not published every year. In addition, there were many variations made of the Windsor design included chairs produced to special order. It is not unusual that a chair manufactured during this time not appear in a catalog.
This chair has very nice wear and is in excellent condition.
Retail value: $275
Wholesale value: $95
The reason for the extra large gap in wholesale & retail pricing is due to a single chair being more difficult to sell than a set.
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.