Dear John: We have been reading and enjoying your column in the Citrus County Chronicle for years. The other day we were going through some boxes of stuff and came across this small print. We do not know how we came to have it. Before we put it in our friend’s garage sale, we thought we would ask you if it has any collector value beyond the garage sale level. The dimensions are 6 1/2 inches high by 4 1/2 wide. In the lower right hand side, it is signed W.A. Eskey. What do you think? — J.H., internet
Dear J.H.: You have an original etching. I see it is signed in the subject matter lower left as well as hand-signed by the artist in pencil in the lower right margin.
William A. Eskey specialized in etchings. He was born in West Virginia in 1891 and died in North Hollywood in 1937. Over the years he exhibited at the Chicago Society of Etchers, The Brooklyn Society of Etchers, The California Print Makers Society, and the Laguna Beach Artists Association. He also introduced Lionel Barrymore to the technique of etching. I think your etching would sell in the $50 to $100 range.
Dear John: I am trying to find a good home for my old 1950s reel to reel Revere tape recorder. I am hoping to find someone who would enjoy this rather than sending it to a landfill. Do have any suggestions? Thank you. — S.S., internet
Dear S.S.: If your reel-to-reel tape recorder is in excellent condition and works, there might be some interest. Auction Team Breker specializes in science and technology items. The website is www.breker.com. Good luck.
Dear John: I read and enjoy your column regularly in the Sunday Citrus County Chronicle. Awhile back you suggested to a reader some folks who might help out valuing and buying a numismatic collection! Do you have any suggestions for philatelic items? Thanks. — F.C., internet
Dear D.C.: Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, specializes in stamps. I suggest you contact them about your stamps. The website is www.ha.com. Good luck.
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.