Dear John: The exquisite box in the photograph was on my mom’s dresser as long as I can remember. It means a great deal to me. It is 6 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and 4 1/2 inches high. Any information you could give me about it would be appreciated.
There are a few pieces broken on the flowers that I would like to have restored for sentimental reasons. Is there anywhere you can recommend I take it to get it restored? — E.C., internet
Dear E.C.: You are correct your porcelain treasure chest form box full of flowers is beautiful. The Lladro Porcelain Company was formed by the Lladro brothers — Juan, Jose, and Vicente — in Almacera, Spain in 1951. They are recognized for their high-quality porcelain figures worldwide and continue into current time.
The porcelain flowers inside the box that are damaged can be restored, but if the fancy lace surrounding the interior is damaged, it cannot be repaired. I suggest you contact Leak Enterprises in Belleview to have the restoration done. The phone number is 352-245-8862.
Dear John: I read your column every Sunday in our local newspaper and always enjoy your articles. I have been given a Domestic sewing machine in an oak cabinet with a drop leaf left side. It is in excellent condition, has six drawers and an instruction book.
I have checked with a couple of local antiques dealers and no one knows anything about it. Can you give me any information about the value or background? It would be greatly appreciated. — T.F., internet
Dear T.F.: The Domestic Sewing Machine Company was first located in Norwalk, Ohio, during the 1860s. The sewing machine you have was manufactured after World War I, sometime during the 1920s. Later, they became a wholly owned subsidiary of the White Sewing Company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Current market interest in sewing machines made during this timeframe is very low. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
Dear John: I enjoy your informative column. I have a working Oliver No. 5 typewriter that I bought secondhand in the late 1970s. I even have the original owner’s manual, though the cover is a bit yellowed with age.
I would appreciate any information you can give me on the value to a collector of this typewriter. — T.W., internet
Dear T.W.: Typewriters are a specific category of collector interest. Until recently, the greatest interest in typewriters and other mechanical office equipment has been for mostly European products in Europe, and especially Germany. Now there is interest in American typewriters of the 19th century in Europe as well as the United States.
Typewriters manufactured after World War I are currently of little interest in general. They do get bought and sold by people who prefer the mechanical movement to word processing. Potential dollar value is below $300.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.