Sikorski's Attic 7/6/14: Turquoise jewelry has lost its luster among collectors

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Dear John: Can you tell me anything about the necklace in the enclosed photo? I believe this is old and has been restrung. It has inlaid turquoise. It has a stamping of “K Y.”


Do you have any information on this artist? I have seen another one on a lady in Florida. 

I have a smaller one with three birds with no stamp on it. It is possibly newer. — B.H., Beverly Hills

Dear B.H.: American Indian turquoise and silver jewelry is not as popular currently as it was in the 1980s and 1990s. The necklace you have with turquoise-inlaid thunderbirds appears to have been made within the past 25 to 30 years. It would be better kept than sold. 

Dear John: I have a chair that I have been told is late 18th or early 19th century. I have tentatively identified it as a slipper chair because it is low to the ground, with an upholstered seat and back, with space between the seat and the back. It has a decorated wooden base with original webbing and springs in good condition. The upholstery is not in good condition.

Is there a market for this item, and, if so, how do I go about finding it? — D.R., Internet 

Dear D.R.: Slipper chairs were a Victorian era creation, so your chair was probably made in the 19th or early 20th century. They were manufactured in large quantities and a variety of styles.

In order to help further with an opinion of dollar value, send a couple of good, clear photographs. 

Dear John: I need info on a picture or black and white print of dancing men signed by “e/a ijaky.” I just need to know if this could be an artist who is important.

The only info I found is that a Josef Ijaky has a painting in I believe a New York museum.

I would appreciate any information you have on this artist, or maybe where I can have this sketch evaluated. I have a few other paintings and prints that I wonder about — a couple I have had for over 40 years. One is the golden child, another is an oil painting by Gassman of the old sea captain grandfather with grandson.

I would appreciate any information. Thanks for your time. If I should be going about this in a different manner, please let me know. — H.A.V., Internet 

Dear H.A.V.: I was not able to find any track record or biographical information about an artist Ijaky, so the artist is not important. This does not mean your picture is not of interest. If you want an opinion of potential dollar value based on subject matter, send a couple of photographs. Likewise on the other pictures you have. 

Dear John: I have visited with you in the past and always read your articles. I have my dad’s antique smoker and wonder if there is any value, other than extremely sentimental.

My father was born in 1907 and I believe he received this as a wedding present in 1925. Any information would be appreciated. — N.H., Lecanto 

Dear N.H.: Extremely sentimental, that is wonderful! Remember to write your memories down and place them in the cabinet for posterity. 

Your humidor, or smoker cabinet, was made in America. The time of production is likely the 1920s, as you suspect. They were typically marketed through mail order catalogs like Sears & Roebuck.

Potential dollar value is $75 to $150.

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.