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Dear Connie Sue,

I recently found this “creamer” at an antique shop. I am a sucker for anything that has a beach scene. I did a small bit of research in hopes of finding some matching pieces but had no luck. I did find that this piece is possibly from the late 1800s. This has piqued my interest.


Dear Donna,

I agree; your blue transferware creamer is interesting. The diamond-shaped mark in the base indicates the piece was made in June of 1873 in Burslem, England, by the E.F. Bodley & Son pottery company. During the Victorian era, regular people had money to buy pretty little things for everyday use. This lighthearted creamer with shells is a good example. Today, I would expect to pay from $15 to $35.

Dear Connie Sue,

Hello! I have a set of six dining room chairs. I am looking to sell them and wondered about their value and what type of chair they are.


Dear Vicki,

Your chairs appear to be ash or oak, made 1920 to 1940, during the Colonial Revival period. The set might sell for $200 to $325. If they are slow to sell, try reupholstering the seats to complement the kicky deco backs, or sell them in pairs. Try two for $75 or $85.

Dear Connie Sue,

I recently purchased this glass basket at an estate sale. I know from the maker’s mark it’s a Heisey basket. It is 13 inches tall from handle to its base, 7 inches wide and has no damage. Can you tell me more about the company, age and value of the basket?

Nell, Lebanon

Dear Nell,

Heisey Glass was produced from 1895 to 1957 in Newark, Ohio. Most of its fine glassware was marked on the base with the distinctive “H” inside of a diamond. The company made high-quality clear and colored glass. When production ceased, Imperial Glass Company bought the molds and continued making glass until 1984. In 1971, enthusiasts formed the Heisey Collectors of America and opened a museum in Newark. I encounter members at antique shows amid booths of sparkling glass.

Heisey made baskets primarily from 1912 to 1933. Your tall basket was made to hold flowers. Similar pieces sell for $75 to $125.

Dear Connie Sue,

This bowl is light blue and shows peacocks on a fence. My grandmother told me her boyfriend gave it to her when she was 12. He got it at a carnival. My grandmother was born in 1901. What can you tell me about this treasure?


Dear Sandra,

Your grandmother’s bowl was made by the Northwood Glass Company. It is the ice blue Peacocks on the Fence pattern bowl with opalescent tips — first made in 1912. They are not plentiful in today’s antiques market. One sold in 2016 for $650. At this writing, the high bid on another bowl at auction has reached $800. It will go higher.

Even a tiny nick to the scalloped edge could reduce value by 50 percent. Please let go of the metal plate rack.


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Connie Sue Davenport

Connie Sue Davenport, ISA AM, offers antique appraisal events, private appraisals and estate sale consulting services to individuals, businesses and organizations. Sign up for “IT’S JUST STUFF,” her FREE quarterly newsletter, at Send your inquiry with photos to the mailing address or email below. Only published appraisals are free. Private appraisals are available for a fee. Call 615-672-1992 for an appointment. No appraisals are given over the phone. Connie Sue Davenport, P.O. Box 343, White House, TN 37188 615-672-1992 • email:

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