Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Feb. 3, 2014

Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Hunting for treasures seems to be an inborn trait. Perhaps it’s from the need of the caveman to search, find food and store some for later use. For centuries, the very rich surrounded themselves with expensive art and artifacts to impress each other and “the peasants.”

Today, many people enjoy collecting a variety of things, like costume jewelry, bottles, tools, prints, pottery, 1950s furniture, advertising and sports and political items. Sometimes the best information about collections comes from the clubs and publications devoted to the subject.

One subcategory of advertising we recently noticed are talcum powder tins, since lawsuits related to talcum powder have been in the news recently. Talc is a mineral. It absorbs moisture, and in powdered form it has been used for centuries to keep skin dry. Some natural talc contains asbestos, which can be dangerous to health, so since the 1970s the talcum powder sold in stores has been processed to be asbestos-free.

Collectors like old talcum powder tins because of their clever designs made to attract buyers. Tins were decorated with images of babies, flowers, nursery-rhyme figures and clever graphics. Egyptian talcum powder made by Palmolive was in a tin that looks like an Egyptian column. Mennen’s early tins feature a seated baby that we are told was actually the brand owner’s child. A 1964 can of Beatles “Margo of Mayfair” talc has a drawing of the four Beatles. Look for tins by Watkins, Colgate, Johnson, Caswell-Massey and other major brands, and also brands from other countries or long-gone companies. Prices range from $10 to about $150 for most tins offered online, but the rarest and most beautiful may cost as much at $800.

Q: About 40 years ago, I bought an oak lawyer’s rotary desk at auction. It was in awful condition, having been used in the office of a grain elevator for many years. I refinished it and used it as my office desk for many years. One side section of the desk swivels and the other side has a large drawer for files. Pasted inside one of the small drawers is a form for ordering accessory items from the E.H. Stafford Desk Co. of Muskegon, Mich. Any history?

A: The E.H. Stafford Co. was founded in 1890 and was reincorporated as E.H. Stafford Manufacturing Co. in 1904. The company made school, church and office furniture as well as opera chairs. It was in business until at least the 1920s. Because it’s an interesting desk, it probably would sell for $500 to $700.

Q: I’m trying to find information about my old copper barrel. It’s stamped “Lippincott, 8 gal.” and “916 Filbert St.” It also has an eagle on it and the abbreviation “Phila.” Can you tell me who made the barrel and how old it might be?

A: Several members of the Lippincott family ran a business at this Filbert Street address from 1832 until about 1911. John and Charles Lippincott of Philadelphia made special copper machinery before expanding into the production of soda water, syrups and equipment for carbonating water. Charles took over the business from John, his older brother, in 1865. He made ornate soda fountains with multiple spigots for different flavors. Charles Lippincott & Co. joined with three other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co., a trust designed to monopolize soda fountain manufacturing, in 1891. When Charles retired, his sons A.H. and F.H. Lippincott took over the business. They withdrew from the American Soda Fountain Co. in 1907 and moved to a different address in about 1911. By 1916 the company was no longer making soda fountains. Your copper bucket was made before 1911.

Q: I have about 100 different-colored airplane cards that were packaged in Wings cigarettes during World War II. They picture U.S. and Royal Air Force warplanes with identification and other information on the back. The cards are 2 by 2 1/2 inches. What are they worth?

A: Wings cigarettes were first made by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. of Louisville, Ky., in 1929. The company sponsored a radio show called “Wings of Destiny” from 1940 to 1942, and the cards were issued as premiums in cigarette packs during those years. They are part of a series called “Modern American Airplanes.” There were three sets of cards with 50 cards in each set. The company originally intended to issue just one set, but later decided to issue two more. The sets are labeled A, B or C, although not all of the first set had a letter code. Cards from the first set are harder to find than those from later sets. The cards, in good condition, sell for about $1 to $2 each today.

Q: I have a leather card case marked “Wilro Shop.” Can you tell me something about the maker and possible age of the case?

A: The Wilro Shop was founded in 1902 by sisters Rose and Minnie Dolese of Chicago. They made leather and metal goods, dower and wardrobe chests, pottery and other items. Tooled purses, card cases, desk sets and illuminated leather book covers were decorated in the Arts and Crafts style popular at the time.

Tip: Don’t ignore vintage transistor radios (1955-1963) if you see them at house sales or flea markets. Collector interest in all kinds of radios is growing and the supply of old radios is shrinking.

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CURRENT PRICES

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.

  • Sterling-silver ladle, Mechanic Sterling Co., 8 3/4 inches, $180.
  • Federal stand, cherry, maple, drawer, scrolled legs, 28 x 19 inches, $180.
  • B.O. Plenty walker toy, holding baby and gift, tin lithograph, clockwork, 9 inches, $210.
  • Redware pitcher, applied hearts, scrolls, Pennsylvania, 1800s, 5 1/4 inches, $595.
  • Madame Alexander Wendy bride doll, plastic, walker, garter, veil, white gown, box, 18 inches, $225.
  • Sampler, alphabet, urn, flowers, butterflies, strawberry border, silk, linen, Caroline Malilda, age 8, 1835, frame, 19 x 13 1/2 inches, $300.
  • Dog doorstop, seated, leash, collar, locket, stoneware, brown mottled, Albany slip glaze, circa 1890, 9 1/2 inches, $430.
  • Bohemian pottery vase, amethyst, iridescent, wavy rim, bulbous base, Rindskopf, 7 x 14 inches, $440.
  • Magnifier, tabletop, figural, nude girl, kneeling, reflecting pool, bronze, 3 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches, $525.
  • Empire-style table, mahogany, gilt metal mounts, round, tri-part base, 18 3/4 x 33 inches, $1,000.

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Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

Scott Snyder's vignette from last year's Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Palm Beach Show Group image.

Leading interior designers lend talents to Palm Beach show

Scott Snyder's vignette from last year's Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Palm Beach Show Group image.

Scott Snyder’s vignette from last year’s Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Palm Beach Show Group image.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Hope for Depression Research Foundation has brought together five outstanding interior designers to create the HOPE Designer Showcase as a central highlight of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Feb. 14-18.

In the showcase, the designers have created five fascinating room settings that show how art and antiques can be integrated into today’s major decorating trends. These rooms show how the best of our past can be used to enhance and elevate the environments of the present.

The designer showcase will be featured at the HOPE Private Preview, benefiting HDRF, at 6 p.m. on opening night, Friday, Feb. 14. It will be on display through the entire run of the show ending Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Scott Snyder, renowned interior designer and HDRF Palm Beach chair, has coordinated the showcase, which will feature his central room setting as well as the work of acclaimed designers Bruce Bierman, Campion Platt, Jennifer Post, Jim Aman and John Meeks.

All of the showcase designers are members of HDRF’s Arts Committee, a group of 40 leading talents from the visual and performing arts, who lend their time and talent to help bring awareness to depression as a major worldwide health issue. HDRF formed its Arts Committee in 2006 – the same year as the organization’s founding – to recognize that the incidence of depression is up to four times higher in the creative community than in the general population.

The five designers have selected items from more than 180 dealers at the show and have incorporated them into rooms that reflect their unique, individual aesthetic – from traditional to minimalist contemporary.

“The goal of the showcase is to inspire the audience with new ideas about how to use art and antiques to enhance their environment and their lives,” said Snyder.

The annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show will once be presented at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, Feb. 14-18. This five-day art event will feature more than 180 international galleries and offer a curated blend of fine art, jewels and antiquities. It is produced by the Palm Beach Show Group.

For more information, visit www.palmbeachshow.com.


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Scott Snyder's vignette from last year's Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Palm Beach Show Group image.

Scott Snyder’s vignette from last year’s Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. Palm Beach Show Group image.

An authentic portrait of Chagall by Yehuda 'Yuri' Pen, his first art teacher in Vitebsk, Belarus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Committee intends to destroy fake Marc Chagall painting

An authentic portrait of Chagall by Yehuda 'Yuri' Pen, his first art teacher in Vitebsk, Belarus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

An authentic portrait of Chagall by Yehuda ‘Yuri’ Pen, his first art teacher in Vitebsk, Belarus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

LONDON (AFP) – An art-loving British businessman said Monday he faced the “bizarre” prospect of seeing a treasured painting that he thought was by Marc Chagall destroyed because it has been judged to be a fake.

Martin Lang spent £100,000 (121,000 euros, $163,000) on what he believed was an original work by Russian-born artist Chagall in 1992.

For a BBC TV program on art forgeries, the painting was tested by experts and sent to the Chagall Committee in Paris for verification.

But Lang, a 63-year-old property developer, was shocked when the committee deemed it to be a fake and told the BBC that under French law it must be destroyed.

The committee has kept the painting – a nude said to date from 1909-1910 – in Paris and will meet on Tuesday to discuss its fate, a spokesman told AFP.

Lang blasted the committee’s decision as “draconian.”

“I was confused because I couldn’t see the logic of destroying something which is possible evidence if forgers were ever caught in the future,” he told BBC radio.

“And also, it is basically my property. I just couldn’t understand why a committee would be so draconian.

“I believe they intend to destroy it in front of a magistrate.

“It is bizarre. … It is almost vindictive. I do sympathize with the committee – insofar as you want to do away with forgers and dissuade forgers, but it’s not dissuading the forgers, it seems to me you are dissuading honest decent people from coming forward to have their art verified.”

Lang said he had written to the committee to propose that they mark the word “forgery” on the back of the painting and return it to him, but is still waiting for a reply.

He said he feared the cost of legal action to force the committee to return the painting would be prohibitive.

“I don’t think there is a lot we can do at the moment, we can appeal to their generosity,” Lang said.

Chagall, who died in France almost three decades ago, is considered a pioneer of modernism. His work can sell for millions.

The Chagall Committee is run by the artist’s grandchildren to protect his reputation in the art world.


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An authentic portrait of Chagall by Yehuda 'Yuri' Pen, his first art teacher in Vitebsk, Belarus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

An authentic portrait of Chagall by Yehuda ‘Yuri’ Pen, his first art teacher in Vitebsk, Belarus. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.