TREA­SURE CHEST

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How much are your

col­lecta­bles worth?

I in­her­ited this beautiful W Berndt Kun­st­glas vase. It’s in per­fect con­di­tion. Can you give me some in­for­ma­tion on it and a value?

In­grid Aron of Kalk Bay An­tiques Cen­tre says, “This is a lovely piece. It’s turn of the 19th to early 20th cen­tury or there­abouts and ob­vi­ously Ger­man. Usu­ally items like these were made from hand-cut crys­tal with painted over­lays and gild­ing and fea­tured clas­sic Ger­manic or Teu­tonic mytho­log­i­cal sub­jects.” She val­ues it at around R4 500.

Paul Mills of An­ti­quar­ian Auc­tions says this Bi­ble was pub­lished by T. Nel­son and Sons in 1869 and bound in wood us­ing a tech­nique called Mauch­line Ware. “Mauch­line is a town in Scot­land where the print­ing of trans­fers or sten­cils onto wood, and then heav­ily var­nished, was de­vel­oped in the 1830s and was mainly used on small boxes and other trin­kets. Books with Mauch­line Ware boards were also pro­duced and Bibles were pop­u­lar. This one is typical of the genre. There’s con­sid­er­able col­lect­ing in­ter­est in Mauch­line, but the prices are mod­est, usu­ally about R1 000 – R2 000, de­pend­ing on the con­di­tion. This one might be worth R1 000 – R1 500.”

Ac­cord­ing to Charles Kerr of Charles Kerr An­tiques, dealer in Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian fur­ni­ture, “This Vic­to­rian ma­hogany dress­ing ta­ble mir­ror dates from around 1870. It would nor­mally have sat upon a chest of draw­ers or a ta­ble. The lovely scrolling carv­ing and the in­ter­est­ing break-front shape makes it slightly bet­ter than the usual run-ofthe-mill mir­rors pro­duced pro­lif­i­cally dur­ing the last half of the 19th cen­tury. I’d say it’s worth about R3 500.”

Can you please tell us more about this Holy Bi­ble dat­ing from 1869 and if it has any value? It has a wooden cover and coloured, plated maps.Chris­tine and Jacques Jonker EX­PERT TIP “BIBLES USU­ALLY HAVE NO COM­MER­CIAL WORTH. THE VALUE OF THIS ONE LIES IN THE MAUCH­LINE BIND­ING,” SAYS PAUL MILLSTHANK­S TO OUR SPE­CIAL­ISTS In­grid Aron Kalk Bay An­tiques Cen­tre 021 788 8882Charle­s Kerr Charles Kerr An­tiques 083 327 7769 or [email protected] Paul Mills An­ti­quar­ian Auc­tions an­ti­quar­i­anauc­tions.com I bought this beau­ti­fully carved dress­ing ta­ble mir­ror on auc­tion.It’s 75cm high and the base is 60cm wide. It has all its orig­i­nal hinges and screws and a space for jew­ellery or makeup. I’ d like to know the vin­tage and if it has any value.Es­lia Gillen Knott

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