Pieces put collectors on the edge of their seats

Paul Evans
is a famous
He made
unique furniture that
fit into the
and houses
being introduced after
World War
II. His studio was in New Hope, Pa., and in
the 1960s he was making furniture from steel
and other metals. He had to learn to weld,
torch cut and create a patina to make his boxy
chests and tables. Unexpected woods and
metals were used in the furniture he made
at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was
successful as a sculptor and as a designer and
maker for the company Directional Furniture.
After his death, his work was forgotten for a

few years,
but soon it
was realized
that Evans’
designs were
and prices
have been
going up. His
pieces seem
to be the
most popular,
but Argenta
chairs and
tables are wanted for dining rooms in modern
houses with large windows and plain walls.
Each piece is handmade, all are heavy, difficult to move, unusual and sure to be noticed.
A pair of armchairs made in the 1960s of steel
paired with flowered upholstery sold at a
Rago Modern Design auction in the fall. The
chairs estimated at $9,000 to $14,000 sold for
$20,000 – well over the estimate. Each chair is
26 × 25½ × 20 inches.

These unusual chairs were designed by Paul Evans. His furniture is selling for
higher prices each year as collectors come to realize his importance.

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I’m trying to find the
maker of a silver or
silver-plated pitcher I have.
It’s about 5½ inches high
and has several marks
imprinted on the bottom.
The top row has “W & W,”
then underneath that are
three symbols: a lion, cat or
jaguar head and a lowercase italic letter “f.” There
are numbers hand-etched
or scratched underneath
the row of symbols. Can
you tell me who made this
pitcher and about how old
it is?


This mark was used
by Wakely & Wheeler,

London silversmiths. James
Wakely and Frank Wheeler
worked together by 1884.
The “W & W” mark was
registered in 1909, the year
the company name became
Wakely & Wheeler. The lion
is the English silver standard
mark, which indicates the
pitcher is sterling silver. The
“cat” mark is a leopard’s
head, the town mark for
London. The lower case “f”
is the London date letter
mark for 1961. To learn more
about English silver marks,
How can I find the
value of four Royal


Doulton figural creamers?
Each one has the head and
shoulders of a historical


You have character
jugs, not creamers.
Royal Doulton started
making character jugs in
1934. Smaller versions
were introduced in 1935.
Each jug was a portrait of a
famous person’s head. Some
of the characters are historical figures or characters
from literature while some
represent famous people or
occupations. The title of the
figure may be on the outside
of the jug or included in the

marks on the bottom. First,
determine which of the sizes
you have. Kovels’ “Antiques
& Collectibles Price Guide”
explains the sizes. Then,
check current prices online,
but be sure to look for sold
prices or completed auctions.
A large character jug sells for
$8 to $90. A few sell for high
prices, but most are hard to
sell. Asking prices are often
higher than the final prices.
I have a whale’s tooth
scrimshaw made by
Frank Barcelos in very good
condition. I want to sell it
but don’t know if I should
use eBay or an auction.
Would you be able to help?


Scrimshaw – carvings
or etchings on whale’s
teeth, bone or ivory – was
first carved by North American whalers and others about
1800. A scrimshander is someone who makes scrimshaw.
Frank Barcelos was born
Francisco Jose de Barcelos.
He came to the United States
from the Azores in 1969.
Some of his scrimshaw sells
for high prices. There are federal laws governing the sale
of whale ivory, and it can’t be
shipped between states. You
should contact an auction
house to see if they can sell it.

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If you are remodeling
or redecorating,
think about any antiques
and collectibles displayed
in the work area.
Someone could hammer
on a wall without worrying
about the shelves
on the other side.


Current prices are recorded from
antiques shows, flea markets,
sales and auctions throughout
the United States. Prices vary
in different locations because of
local economic conditions.
Underwood standard typewriter,
No. 5, round keys, ruler, halfmoon opening, black, 11 × 12
inches, $120.
Coverlet, “Manufactured on
the Latest Fashion,” trees, urn,
flowers, circles, blue and white,
fringe, Seifert & Co., 89 × 96
inches, $330.
Baccarat vase, cut glass, gold
enamel, leaves, 19 × 5 inches,
Wrought iron gate, 4 sections,
scrollwork, repeating kidney
shapes, center hinged gate, 73 ×
97 inches, $800.
Galle vase, pink flowers, brown
stems, leaves, waisted neck,
cameo glass, 15 inches, $810.
Ship’s binnacle, brass, iron,
mahogany, lift off dome, doors,
gimbal mounted compass,
adjustable prism, H. Hughes &
Son, 19 × 17 inches, $1,230.
Vanity, mirror, drawer, inlay,
bronze mounts, candelabra
sconces, curved, 63 v 46 inches,
Minton plate, pate-sur-pate
center, cupid, grasses, reticulated
rim, gilt, 9 inches, $1,625.
Carousel horse, jumper, tucked
head, ears back, white, brown
saddle, pommel, blue parcel gilt
breast strap, brass pole, 64 × 46
inches, $2,770.


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