What would be the value of this cut -glass bowl? It is very old but it is in good condition. It is 8-inches tall and about 7-1/2 inches wide. Thanks.
Your bowl is from the third period of cut glass. How do I know this? There are two features of your bowl indicating that it was made after World War I, perhaps as late as 1925.
The round shape and the three splayed legs are a later design. The second indicator is the decoration. The large leaves and the open petal flowers are decorative motifs which appear late in the production of cut glass.
I cannot tell from a picture if the bowl was blown or molded. Some of the later cut glass was molded to save costs. Then the decoration was cut with a wheel. The molded and cut is generally less expensive that glass that is blown and then cut.
It is a beautiful flower bowl and I hope you use it. The replacement value in a good antique shop is about $75. The fair market value is about half of that.
This bench has been in my family for many years and I’ve been told that only two were made, however, I have no verification of that fact. One supposedly was made for my relatives and one for the L.S. Ayres family in Indianapolis, Ind. I recently found a name on the bottom of the bench and contacted the Kittinger Furniture Company in Buffalo, N.Y., and received the following message from them.
“I had a few extra minutes today, so I looked in our 1930s catalog and I found the bench. Its number 809, is made out of walnut and it measures 54-inches width x 18-inches widgth x 16-inches high. Other than that, I can’t tell you how old it is, we stopped doing the ornate carvings in the ’40s. As to a value, we are not appraisers, so I really can’t help you with that. It is definitely valuable, I just can’t tell you more than that. Enjoy your beautiful bench.”
— Liz Schelble Sales/Customer Service, Kittinger Furniture, Buffalo, N.Y.
You have already found out most of the information about your bench. Kittinger is consider to be one of the finest furniture brands in the 20th century. They made the reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg and only the finest furniture stores carried Kittinger.
I am not sure about today’s production, but up until the 1970s Kittinger furniture was hand carved, not machine made. They used solid wood of fine quality. Getting a response from a furniture company is unusual and shows what a quality company Kittinger still is.
The resale value of Kittinger furniture is strong. While a lot of antique furniture is in the doldrums, I see advertisements asking to buy furniture by the better furniture companies, and Kittinger and Baker are always included.
The replacement value of you bench is about $900 to $1,000. If you want to sell it, look to get about $500.00.
Julie McClure, who has 30 years of experience in the appraisal business, is a member of the Appraisers Association of America. Send queries and photographs via e-mail to McClurescolumn@AOL.com. Please include the measurements of a piece.