Today, the name Tiffany may mean leaded glass lamps or a jewelry store started by Charles Tiffany. But the name Tiffany is on many different types of art.
In 1893, Arthur Nash moved from England with his sons to work at the Tiffany Glass Works in Corona, N.Y. Arthur developed many special types of glass for Tiffany, including the famous iridescent Favrile.
The factory history gets complicated. Tiffany added a foundry, survived the rationing of the war years, and started making new designs for metal work in 1921 under Arthur's son, A. Douglas Nash (1885-c.1940). And in 1928, Tiffany Furnaces became A. Douglas Nash Corp. Nash continued to make enameled metal pieces, including cigar boxes, picture frames, ashtrays and desk sets, in designs similar to but simpler than earlier Tiffany pieces.
In 1932 the company closed, and A. Douglas Nash went to work for Libbey Glass and the Pittsburgh Glass Co. He died in 1940. Some pieces marked with the Nash company name are appearing at auctions and shops.
A bronze box with a colorful enameled landscape set in the top was sold at a 2015 Skinner auction in Boston for $1,353, five times the estimate. Did the bidders know that Nash was the famous glass maker who worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany? Or were they collectors of artistic 20th-century enameled metal, a collecting field that still is not well known?
Q: I have a glass hatchet from the St. Louis World's Fair. It's 7½ inches long and has a picture of George Washington and "The Father of our Country" on one side of the blade and "World's Fair, 1904" on the other side. What is it worth?
A: The first glass hatchets with Washington's portrait were made by Libbey Glass Co. for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The words "Libbey Glass Co. Toledo, Ohio" are embossed on the handle. Your hatchet, made for the 1904 World's Fair, doesn't have the name of the company on the handle, so it probably was made by another manufacturer. At least five different glass hatchets were made as souvenirs for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Glass hatchets were made as souvenirs of several cities and events through the 1920s. Some have a person's name engraved on the handle. Glass hatchets are often found for $25 to $35.
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Prices are from shows nationwide.
Auto gas tank, Evinrude, embossed eagle, metal hose, orange, white, 1930s, 9 by 9 inches, $30.
Sterling-silver bowl, Nancy Lee pattern, everted repoussé gadrooned rim, bellflower band, 1946, 9 by 2 inches, $115.
Advertising, door pull, Double Cola, red, orange, gold swirl accents, 1930s, 12 inches, $240.
Blown glass vase, Cordee, oval, raised ropes design, clear to ruby base, France, about 1965, 11 inches, $310.
Bench, Louis XVI style, painted, padded, beaded apron, shaped feet, about 1900, 19 by 35 by 17 inches, $340.
Document box, cherry, dovetailed, hinged lid, key, about 1860, 5 by 12 by 6 1/4 inches, $425.
Cribbage board, whale bone, whale shape, shell panels, 19th century, 13 inches, $585.
Pottery vase, Art Deco, gourd shape, green, L. Lourioux, 1929, 9 1/2 by 4 1/4 inches, $725.
Bronze sculpture, courting couple, stepped marble base, marked, Claudion, about 1900, 14 by 16 by 7 inches, $740.
Art pottery vase, green matte glaze, cylindrical, shouldered, flat rim, stylized flowers, 1910, 9 inches, $2,185.
Toy ocean liner, gold, black bands, three white decks, three stacks, Bing, Series IV, about 1930, 16 inches, $2,950.
Q: I went to a charity auction in the spring of 1960 that raised funds for a community project. Sen. John F. Kennedy was asked to make a donation. He contributed a white handkerchief with the initial "K" embroidered in one corner and his name scrawled alongside it. Does it have any monetary value no, and if so, how much? What's the best way to sell it?
A: It has value and would sell well at an auction of political items or at a shop that sells political items. Letters and memorandums signed by President Kennedy while he was in office command the highest prices, in the thousands of dollars. Your autograph was from before he was president and would be worth hundreds of dollars. Be sure to write a letter telling the story of where you got the handkerchief.
Q: We have a gallon whiskey jug that has a brown top with writing on it. Part of it says "Italian Swiss Galaxy Wine House, Whallen Bros., Wine, Whiskey, Brandy & Gin, 217-221 W. Jeff. St., Louisville, KY." How old is it and is it worth anything?
A: Whallen Bros. was founded by John and James Whallen about 1902. The company made blended whiskeys and sold liquor wholesale, retail and by mail order. Your jug was made before 1909, when the street numbers were changed. It's worth about $700.
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