What is my two volume set Les Miserables worth? 2 editions Les Miserable books in excellent condition published by Thomas Nelson Co.
all pages are in tact, no tears, rips or marks on any pages
I cannot find any date on the books
red cover is also in above average conditions
AW says: Two Volume Set Les Miserables Appraisal: That’s a very nice two volume set of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. The beautifully impressed covers are excellent examples of art work of the Art Nouveau period in America.
It’s circa 1910s, thus, is quite a few editions after it’s original publication in 1862. While your two volume set is lovely and has some collectible value, it is not especially rare or valuable at this time. From the pictures you’ve sent, I can see that the condition is excellent and that helps.
I hope these pics are good enough for you to figure out some info on this cabinet . The only writing on it at all is the # 420 written in chalk on the back .
I was with my mother when she purchased it at a small antique shop in SLC Utah during the late 1980’s , I thinkshe paid about $300 for it then . Itis in very good condition without any damage or chips that I can see. It does have a quite old light fixture bar installed at the top but it looks like it was added rather than being original.
I think it is so beautiful with the curved glass doors that open on each side . The silver detail seems to be more of some type of thick paint rather than truly etched in to the glass but I’m not sure. I’m not planning on selling it I just find antiques so interesting and wonder what it’s story is. I appreciate any info you can help with and let me know if I should try to get somebetter pics .
Thank you , Staci
AW says: This is certainly one of the nicer double bow-front curio cabinets that I’ve seen! It’s definitely in the Art Nouveau style and circa 1910s. It’s made of Oak. The decoration is silver paint and the item appears to be in excellent condition.
Pieces like this were in high demand in the 1980s and I’m very surprised at the price of $300 that you think she paid for it. Are you sure of that? It seems very low.
The chalk mark on the back of #420 is probably a buyer’s # from an an auction house.
Here’s the 2nd of 3 pieces for appraisal. This should be an easy one for you, but I have yet to master the art of identifying cut glass. This bowl is 3 1/2″ in height, 6″ diameter at top, 3 3/8″ diameter at bottom. Weighs 1 lb. 13oz. No cracks, no chips, no repairs. Thanks!
Cut Glass Bowl Daisy and Button
AW: That’s A beautiful cut glass bowl. In The right like it should throw colors like a diamond. The pattern is Daisy and buttons. It appears to be a piece of American Brilliant Period cut glass. (1876-1915)
At this time America had the best glass cutters and techniques in the world.