Sikorski's Attic, 3/30/14: Weller pottery tankard likely would catch eye of collectors

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Dear John: I am not sure these pictures are good enough to tell anything from them. The outline of the fish and plants are etched into the clay. On the bottom of the vase, it says “Dickensware — Weller- #X328.” On one side at the bottom rim is “Upjohn 1902.” On the other side, it says “Ferrelli.” The finish is matte.


Some of the scales and mouths are also etched. It is 12 1/2 inches high. I have tried library books and of course found things by Dickensware and Weller but nothing like this. Anything you can tell me will be appreciated. — G.D.S., Leesburg 

Dear G.D.S.: Art Pottery is a large specific category of collecting. Weller Art Pottery is widely recognized by collectors. Samuel A. Weller formed the Weller Company in 1872 in Ohio and the company continued until 1949. They produced a number of lines in Art Pottery, as well as large quantities of commercial tableware. 

The Dickensware Art Pottery line was first issued in 1900. The dolphin handle and spout decoration gives your Art Pottery tankard lots of pizzazz factor. The overall detail appears to be well done. I think your tankard would sell in the $300 to $600 range, perhaps more on a lucky day. 

Dear John: I read your column in the Chronicle. I thought I should write to you about my mother’s Haviland china that is mine now. It must be 150 years old or older. The 12-piece set I have is green and gold. I think one dinner plate is cracked. There are all kinds of pieces that go with it — covered dishes, gravy boats, etc. I would like you to tell me what it is worth.

How can I put it out for sale? I did run it in the paper for seven days and just one person called. I am interested in getting rid of it. — D.B., Internet 

Dear D.B.: The Haviland China Company has been in business in Limoges, France since 1842. They are probably one of the most recognized brand names in the world for fine porcelain tableware. Sets are not easy to sell, as you have discovered.

Individual pieces of holloware, e.g. oyster plates, chocolate pots, coffee pots, teapots, etc., are of collector interest. It would be better to pass the set on to someone in the family.

However, if there is no interest and you are determined to sell, contact Replacements Ltd. They buy Haviland china. The phone number is 1-800-REPLACE (737-5223).

Dear John: I have a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s Verse — Inclusive Edition, 1885-1918, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. The binding is all but gone and I am afraid to even handle it. I would like to have the book refurbished, rebound and made accessible again. It belonged to my mother and was one of her favorites. I have kept it stored for years, not knowing what to do with it.

I inquired with the Tampa Public Library once, but they-said if it could be repaired it would have to be sent to New York. I am reluctant to ship the book so far away and have been hoping I could find a bookbinder closer to home. Could you possibly recommend someone? 

My mother, as a child, also put together a wonderful little collection of greeting cards, business calling cards, and postcards of her time, circa 1917 to 1920. It must have been a popular pastime for children to cut out the beautiful birds, flowers, etc. from cards and paste them into volumes for their own picture books. The artwork of these times is spectacular. The binding on this book is also in need of repair and I wonder if it is cost-prohibitive. Perhaps the bookbinder you could recommend would know. Some of the cutouts are worn, but the bulk of the work is in very good shape. Your help in this matter of refurbishing these books will be greatly appreciated. — S.S., Brooksville 

Dear S.S.: Yes, there is a book conservator in Daytona Beach who could help you. I have had several good recommendations from people who have used his services. His name is Paul Sawyer. His website is www.sawyerbinder.com, and his phone number is 386-253-1161.


John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. He hosts a call-in radio show, Sikorski’s Attic, on WJUF (90.1 FM) Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or asksikorski@aol.com.