Sikorski's Attic 8/3/14: When is a bowling pin not a bowling pin?

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Dear John: A short while ago we sent you a letter asking about what we thought were bowling pins. A friend had told us they were not bowling pins and you suggested we send photos of them. We sent a photograph of one of the six we have, as they are all identical. There are no marks or labels on them. The dimensions are 26 inches high and 3 3/4 inches in diameter. We appreciate your help, thank you. — G.K., Internet 


Dear G.K.: You have Indian clubs used for physical exercise and strength training. They were first used in India and Afghanistan. British soldiers stationed in India learned to use them and brought them back to England in the 19th century where the practice became very popular. They were made of maple, mahogany, walnut, oak, and other woods. Some were plain vanilla without decoration, while others were polychrome decorated in vivid colors. They were made in different sizes for women, men and children with books of instructions for various swinging techniques. Indian clubs was an Olympic event in the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, and the 1932 Olympics. There is a lot of interesting information about them available on the Internet. Potential dollar value is below $50 each. 

Dear John: I purchased this dining room, bedroom set and clock in Germany 40 years ago. It is time that I sold these pieces, but I have no idea of value. The clock is a French wall clock that chimes, circa 1880 to 1890. I have not used it in a number of years, but it worked when I last used it. I had it worked on once because I overwound it. 

The dining room set is circa 1920. It is French farmhouse used more in country homes. The table, chairs and buffet were all bought on separate trips in France, but all have the same fruit carvings. The table is oval and the top of each leg is carved to screw directly into the top. It did not have the extension with it, so I had one made afterwards. It will hold six chairs with the extension in. I have six chairs, all in good shape. Some were recaned by hand about 30 years ago. The buffet has all working drawers and doors and is beautiful. 

The bed and nightstands are French transition period. The bed is full-size, put together with a metal peg with a ball with four holes in it at one end to screw it into the wood. 

I have attached pictures. Can you help me at all with the value of these items? — B.H., Internet 

Dear B.H.: Box clocks were manufactured in massive quantities in Europe during the late 19th to early 20th century. The case appears to be made of mahogany and the ormolu metal mounts at the upper portion of the clock are quite decorative. The two winding arbors on the dial indicate the clock strikes once on the half hour and the full hour on the hour. I think it was made during the early 20th century. Potential dollar value is close to $200 or over on a lucky day. 

The style of the buffet is art deco, but low on the totem pole relative to those interested in art deco. Potential dollar value is below $1,000. The chairs would likely sell in the range of $50 each and the table $100 to $200.

John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or asksikorski@aol.com.