This century-old phonograph still plays records. What is it worth?


Pieces that stand the test of time and retain their beauty and value are showcased in this month’s collectibles. From art to furniture and decorative items, it’s a fine selection that gives us a glimpse into a far distant past of the 21st century and its seemingly endless range of “disposables”.

Brunswick phonograph

– This old Brunswick record player still works well.Courtesy of the collector

Q. My husband’s great-grandparents bought this old Brunswick record player. It works well and comes with a large number of bamboo needles and several steel recording needles. As you can see, there is a special area to store the recordings. It has a beautiful Asian pattern on the top and on all four sides. It is 48 inches tall and 22 inches on all sides. It’s a laptop with wheels on the legs.

LS, Northwest Portland

A. The Brunswick-Balke-Collander Company of Dubuque, Iowa, began producing phonographs in 1916 and then created their own line of records. Your phonograph is a Japanese Brunswick model. From your photographs, it seems to date from 1917-1918. The style was fitted with an Ultona Reproducer, which allowed it to play all three types of records available at the time and helped make Brunswick phonographs very popular. At auction, similar phonographs fetched a price range of $ 2,000 to $ 3,000. A dealer specializing in vintage phonographs could charge $ 5,000 to $ 7,000 for this model, in excellent original condition.

chinese cloisonne vases

Two black vases are represented;  both have images of brightly colored dragons

– These cloisonne vases are Chinese and seem to date from the beginning of the 20th century.Courtesy of the collector

Q. These were bought by my paternal grandmother in 1926, while traveling abroad by boat. They moved with her all over the United States and visited my home several years ago. I have always been curious about their value. The vases are 6.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches at the widest point.

SK, Hubbard

A. Your cloisonne vases are Chinese and, from your photographs, appear to date from the beginning of the 20th century, either at the end of the Qing dynasty or at the beginning of the Republic of China. Cloisonne is the technique of creating patterns on metal using colored enamel painted inside copper or bronze enclosures, then fired at low temperature. In China, partitioned objects were generally found in temples and palaces and were highly prized. At auction, you might see a sale of $ 150 to $ 250 for this pair. A dealer specializing in Asian decorative arts might charge $ 700 to $ 1,000 for the pair, if they are in excellent condition.

Spindle marquetry

Close-up on a panel representing a village scene, with a horse and a buggy on a road.

– This marquetry panel is by the French painter Jean-Charles Spindler.Courtesy of the collector

Q. I have a piece of Spindler marquetry that my father had in Europe in the 50’s or 60’s. I’m always amazed that the print is actually made of tiny pieces of wood. It appears to be in great shape, bears the Spindler signature, and measures 29 inches x 19.25 inches inside the frame.

MK, fold

A. This marquetry panel is by the French painter Jean-Charles Spindler (1865-1938). Marquetry is the art of decorating a surface (most often a piece of furniture) by cutting and assembling many fine pieces of wood, metal or an organic material such as mother-of-pearl. Thin coats are applied with an adhesive on flat surfaces. Spindler learned the art of marquetry from his grandfather Charles and began working in this technique in 1893, using it to create art rather than decorative ornamentation. The Spindler Art Marquetry workshops and gallery are located in the former Saint-Léonard abbey in Boersch, a small town in Alsace, and the works produced there are world-renowned. At auction, you might expect a sale of $ 200 to $ 300. A dealer specializing in European decorative arts from the late 19th to the early 20th century could ask for between $ 400 and $ 600.

Heywood Wakefield seesaw

A close up of an empty wicker chair

– This wicker rocker is from the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. Courtesy of the collectorCourtesy of the collector

Q. This Haywood Wakefield rocker has been in our family for quite some time; the seat has been recanned and is in fairly good condition. What can you tell me? How should I take care of it?

JD, Gresham

A. Your wicker rocker is from the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts. The company was formed in 1897 from a merger of the Wakefield Rattan Company and Heywood Brothers, then changed the name to Heywood-Wakefield in 1921. The company made wicker and rattan furniture in Victorian styles most popular, including aesthetics, art deco and the arts. & Arts and crafts. The company declared bankruptcy in 1981 and sold the rights to the company name to the South Beach Furniture Company in 1994. The company today manufactures several designs of original Heywood-Wakefield furniture. Your rocker probably dates from 1897-1907. At auction, you might expect a sale of $ 150 to $ 250. An antique dealer specializing in late Victorian furniture can charge between $ 600 and $ 800.

Maintaining wickerwork is fairly straightforward, and this site offers some great tips:

Engraving by Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt

A black and white engraving of two standing birds

– This engraving is by Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt, a German artist known for his depictions of animals.Courtesy of the collector

Q. I bought this print, unframed, at a thrift store a few years ago for $ 5. As a bird lover, I love it. Now that I’m retired, I’ve become more interested in the art that I have, so I was wondering if this etching has any monetary value. It measures 6.25 inches x 8.5 inches.

Sir, Manhattan

A. Your etching is by Kurt Meyer-Eberhardt (German, 1895-1977). He was a popular artist known especially for his depictions of dogs, cats, and other animals. Your print represents a pair of African marabou storks. Since 1917 his prints have been published by the Hanfstaengl publishing house in Munich, printed on acid-free paper made by hand using the original copper plates. This artist’s prints are most often seen in unnumbered editions. Yours is numbered 2 from an edition of 50, and this relatively small edition size may make it more desirable for collectors. At auction, you might see a sale of $ 150 to $ 250. A dealer specializing in prints may charge $ 300 to $ 500 for that print, if it is in excellent condition, unaltered.

About today’s collectables

The values ​​discussed for the items shown in this column were researched by the Portland Rater Jerry I. Dobesh, ASA, an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a specialty designation in Antiques and Decorative Arts. Its services include providing assessments for inheritance rights, charitable contributions, insurance planning and loss, and fair distribution needs.

To find an assessor, contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Association of Assessors of America. The estimates suggested in this Collectibles column are for general information purposes only and cannot be used as a basis for sales, insurance or IRS purposes.

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