Ceramic Horse Figurine
I purchased this little ceramic horse figurine in the early 1950ss at a thrift store for 25 cents. This was all of my allowance at the time.
I know it is not valuable, but I’ve wanted to know more about it for years.
The glaze is a very deep green, there are no mold marks, and the unglazed bottom of the feet looks like stoneware perhaps. It has been one of my life long treasures, so any information you might have would certainly be appreciated.
Thank you, Margaret
AW says: Actually, this is a fairly rare piece of vintage ceramic ware. It likely had a paper label glued to it somewhere and got peeled away.
This could have been manufactured by a number of makers. The most likely suspects here are Haegar or Frankoma pottery.
There is also the possibility that this was made in Japan, but the price of 25 cents at the time would have been high for a MIJ piece. We’d expect to see something closer to 10 cents if that were the case.
The material is definitely ceramic, and it was cast in a mold, although the thick glaze probably makes the mold marks invisible.
Although, for the life of me, I could find no exact examples of this piece, it is most likely made by a US co. The dark color is indicative of this at the time period this was made.
The piece is probably late 1940s, and has an art deco revival feel to it.
It’s wonderful that such a simple treasure brought you so much pleasure throughout the years!
Bentley & Gerwig Desk
I picked up this antique Bentley & Gerwig desk at a thrift store. It has the original drawer dividers and harware.
It is in good condition except for a crack on the top and some scratches around the legs. I was wondering what it is worth and when it was made. Let me know if you need additional photos.
AW says: Teresa, your Bentley & Gerwig desk is made of mahogany and is circa turn of the 20th century. At the time, this was a very nice office desk, of good quality materials and well made.
The trays in the top draw enhance functionality. The deeper drawer on the lower right would of course have been for larger files etc.
Retail value: $250
- office desk
- bentley & gerwig
European Canvas Print
This European canvas print is not a painting as the client originally hoped. However, it is a very nice European print on canvas or board. It depicts a classic masterpiece. The era is circa late 20th century. It is what is commonly called in the trade a “decorator piece”.
Retail value: $95
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