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This piece of furniture is done in the style known as “Eastlake,” and may date to the 1880s. It was probably made in Grand Rapids, Mich.

John Sikorski

John Sikorski


Dear John: The piece shown in the attached pictures has been in my husband’s family for three or four generations. He first remembers it in his grandmother’s house and his great-grandparents lived with her. His grandmother was born in Columbus, Ohio about 1894 and even graduated from the Ohio State University in 1913. This piece may have been her mother’s. She married an aspiring farmer and moved to Dorset, Ohio, so he could pursue dairy farming. I have always admired her for that transition. It came to Citrus County with us in 2013.

The mirror alone is 55 inches high with two shelves. The dresser alone is 37 inches wide by 18 inches deep and 28 inches high with three drawers, each of which locks. The top is very heavy and almost appears to be painted stone. We were unable to find any company or maker’s name. Anything you can share on its style or potential age would be greatly appreciated. — G.McC., internet

Dear G.McC.: Yes, it is possible that the dresser belonged to his grandmother’s mother. It was likely made in Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1880s. The style is Eastlake and the two little shelves on the mirror are candlestands. Charles Lock Eastlake, 1836-1906, was an English furniture designer. His book “Hints on Household Taste,” circa 1868, was a popular success in England and America. Large quantities of Eastlake style furniture were produced by numerous furniture manufacturers in America. Current potential dollar value is below $500.

Dear John: I have this green glass pitcher. It is blown glass, approximately 15 inches tall and 10 inches across. It has no markings and looks as though it was made by a glass blower who was perfecting his or her technique. Although the piece is in excellent condition, as you can see in the photo, the handle is not perfectly symmetrical nor is the pouring spout.

It is a beautiful piece. Do you have any idea as to value and when it might have been made, and if it would be a collectable of any sort? — Q.K., internet

Dear Q.K.: The green glass pitcher is Modernist in style. The time of production is after World War II. It looks very similar to Modernist glass being produced in Sweden, as well as Italy, during the 1950s. This type of glass, when made by recognized artisans and signed, is rapidly moving into the limelight of collector interest. Without better photographs it is hard to say more.

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.