How much are my ‘treasures’ worth?

PUBLISHED: 09:16 21 February 2018

This chair was one of many mass-produced between the 1890s and 1920s.

This chair was one of many mass-produced between the 1890s and 1920s.


Collectables: Mike Hicks looks at two more of your queries.

A reader received this vase as an engagement present in 1947.A reader received this vase as an engagement present in 1947.

We received an email from Peggy, who asked: “I have always wondered about this vase, which is about 4in high, since we received it for an engagement present in 1947. We were told it was from Vienna but were naïve then and still are!”

Thank you for your enquiry about the vase; it is quite beautiful.

Whilst the Vienna region did produce some beautiful glass in an area we know as Bohemia, this, to me, looks more like a product of Venice and more likely Murano.

The skillful decoration of the gold seems to point me in that direction but it would have been quite expensive to make and I would have thought that in 1947, this was quite a handsome present. Although not large, it would probably command somewhere between £50-£100 in today’s market.

We had an email from Michael asking us if we could put a value on his chair. This was originally part of a drawing room suite, extremely popular between the 1890s and 1920s. The suite would have comprised of a small sofa, two tub chairs similar to yours, possibly four or more side chairs (sometimes used for dining erroneously) and, quite probably, a low nursing chair.

At this time, rows and rows of terraced houses were being built and people wanted instant furnishings, and the newly-established furniture shops were quick to make available a wide range for the new homes.

Much of these products were mass-produced with very little handwork involved in the production. The manufacturers were also pretty canny in that they would make the frames from a white wood, which could be stained oak, mahogany, rosewood or walnut, thus keeping the production line extremely simple.

The original cost of these suites was probably around about twelve guineas (£12.60) and although comfortable, they have never been very popular in the last 20 years. I think your chair would make less than £50, mainly due to the fact that, if it had to be upholstered, it would cost somewhere between £150-£200 to recover... and you still end up with a chair worth £50.

Mike Hicks runs Stalham Antique Gallery at 29 High Street, Stalham (NR12 9AH). You can contact Mike on 01692 580636 or

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