This medal marks Yale’s bicentennial; what is it worth? Today’s Collectibles

This month’s collectibles represent the various courses our lives can take, from a Yale University medal by Tiffany & Company, to a nursing degree buckle, to cash. stylish from the Civil War. We have also received requests for a beautiful still life and an oak lawyer’s desk.

Oil painting

This painting is by William Muller-Lux (born in Bohemia, active in Arizona, 1911-2007).Courtesy of the collector

Q. My mother gave me this painting in the late 1980’s. It is oil on canvas and measures 15 ½ inches x 19 ½ inches including the frame. Can you tell me something about it, or the artist?

FT, Vancouver

A. Your painting is by William Muller-Lux (born in Bohemia, active in Arizona, 1911-2007). Muller-Lux studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, before coming to the United States. He was active for decades traveling the American Southwest, Mexico and Europe, while maintaining studios in Phoenix and Payson, Arizona. Looking at your photographs and considering previous auction results, you might see an estimate of $200-300 for your painting. Based on the decorative appeal of the piece, a dealer specializing in 20th century decorative paintings might charge between $400 and $600 for such a work by this artist.

Silver Spoon Set

Four silver spoons with long handles that have a seashell design at the end of the handle

These sterling silver spoons are for eating ice cream. Courtesy of the collectorCourtesy of the collector

Q. These spoons have been in our family for as long as I can remember. They look like silver and part gold.

KH, Northwest Portland

A. Your spoons are in the “Grecian” pattern by Gorham, of Providence, Rhode Island, and date from about 1861. They are sterling silver, with gold reservoirs, and are specifically for eating ice cream. At auction, similar spoons have already sold for between 50 and 70 dollars each. A quality American silver dealer might charge between $275 and $375 for such a set, if it is in excellent condition.

silver buckle

A silver nurse buckle is pictured

This nurse buckle was popular in the late 19th and early 20th century.Courtesy of the collector

Q. We have this buckle and would like to know who made it and its value.

KH, Northwest Portland

A. Your buckle is commonly referred to as a “nurse buckle” and was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, given as a gift to nurses upon graduation. The nurse would fit a belt matching her uniform to this buckle. The “two towers” mark on the back indicates that it is Danish, silver-plated, and dates from around 1890-1910. At auction, similar earrings have recently sold for $30-50. A dealer specializing in collectibles or antique jewelry may charge between $50 and $70 for this type of buckle, if it is in excellent condition.

Oak reception

This wooden desk has a rolling top and a glass front at the bottom

This office, which dates from around 1905, is often referred to as a “lawyer’s office”.Courtesy of the collector

Q I was given this desk in exchange for looking after a neighbor’s store in the 1970s. My wife refurbished it and replaced the glass. I would like to know how old he is and where he is from. It is 45 inches tall.

HD, Seattle

A. Your desk is American, quarter-sawn oak, and dates from around 1905. This type of desk is often referred to as a “lawyer’s desk” because it was designed to work with sectional stacking bookcases with lift-up glass doors that were popular with lawyers in the early 20th century. Originally, the door glass would almost certainly have been transparent. Avocado stackable bookcases are always sought after by collectors. At auction, you might see an estimate of $400 to $600 for such a desk. A dealer specializing in antique American furniture might charge between $1,000 and $1,500 for such a desk, if it is in excellent condition with the original glass.

Yale University Medal

Both sides of a brass medal are depicted with a figure mounted on a chariot on one side and words on the other

This medal commemorates the bicentennial of Yale College.Courtesy of the collector

Q. I bought this medal many years ago at an auction. I always wondered what it was. It says “Tiffany & Co” on the edge and measures 2 ¾ inches in diameter.

HH, Washougal, Washington.

A. Your medal commemorates the bicentenary of Yale College and dates from 1901. It was designed by American artist Bela Lyon Pratt and was indeed made by Tiffany & Company of New York. At auction, examples have already sold in the $225 to $295 price range. Yours appears to have a small dent on the edge, and a slight discount might be given to account for this fact. A mint condition copy, with its original case, is currently priced at $375 through an online website.

About Today’s Collectibles

The values ​​discussed for the items featured in this column were researched by Portland Appraiser Jerry L. Dobesh, ASA, a Senior Accredited Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers, with a designation specializing in antiques and decorative arts . Its services include providing appraisals for estate tax, charitable contributions, planning and insurance loss and equitable distribution needs.

To find an appraiser, contact the American Society of Appraisers, the International Society of Appraisers, or the Appraisers Association of America. The estimates suggested in this Collectibles column are for general informational purposes only and may not be used as a basis for sales, insurance, or IRS purposes.

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