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Furniture pieces are worth collecting

I inherited this furniture from my aunt about 15 years ago. These pieces were in her home in New York and she would have purchased them in the 1950s, that would be my best guess.

One of the tables needs some work and the couch and chair need to be recovered. I would like to learn more about the pieces and get an idea of what they may be worth before I invest.

Thank you.

Though I did not use them in this column, the other pictures you sent told me everything I needed to know. The pictures you sent included a drop leaf table, a wing chair, a sofa and this tilt top table.

I could not tell which marks went with the various pieces of furniture, but I could see enough to tell you about your furniture. The CW on some of the furniture stands for Colonial Williamsburg. The label with the name Kittinger is the maker of all of this furniture. It looked like the label was on either the chair or sofa but I am sure Kittinger made all the furniture.

Kittinger also made furniture for other historic centers such as Historic Newport, Richmond Hill and Old Dominion. These pieces are labled HN, RH, and OD respectively.

When I used to go to Colonial Williams- burg in the 1970s, I would go to the Craft House where you could see examples of the Williamsburg reproduction furniture made by Kittinger. I can remember looking at a secretary bookcase costing more than $20,000.

I have some of the old catalogs from that period and your pieces are all in them. Along with Baker and Kindel, Kittinger was one of the finest makers of American reproduction furniture. Though they no longer produce the furniture for Williamsburg, Kittinger is still in business, and they will restore older Kittinger furniture. Their address is 2495 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14214. The web address is sales@kittingerfurniture.com.

Unless you pay for antique furniture at a high cost, you cannot have any better furniture than the pieces you are inheriting. Your tilt top table can be valued at $800 to $1,200, depending on the condition.

I find your column most interesting and enjoy reading it very much. I am attaching pictures of a glass butter dish and a pitcher (jug in England) for your advice as to whether they have any antique value. Both have been in my family from when I was a child and I brought them with me from England in 1946.The butter dish has no marking on the bottom. I believe Felix the Cat was the first image broadcast on television when television was in its infancy. Thank you.

You did not give the measurement of the jug but it looks small enough to be a cream pitcher or cream jug. I could not find this exact creamer but I did find another Felix cream jug. That one was in the form of Felix playing a guitar. It was estimated to sell for $400 to $800.

Generally, Felix items sell well. Recently a platform toy sold for $644.Six 1 ¾-inch high china Felix figures sold for $150. A 14-inch plush toy sold for $210. A wind-up speedboat with Felix sold for $300.

If your creamer is in perfect condition, $400 is a conservative value.

Julie McClure, a member of the Appraisers Association of America, has 30 years of experience in the appraisal business. Her company, Appraisals and Sales by Julie McClure, Inc., is based in Bradenton (wwwappraisals4u.biz). Send queries and photographs via e-mail to McClurescolumn@AOL.com or regular mail to About Antiques, The Herald, 102 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205-8810. Please include the measurements of a piece and a phone number.

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