Amazing what hangs on the wall

It’s amazing what just hangs on the wall for years on end and nobody realizes its value. We had one of these items come in last week, the shock on the owner’s face when I informed them what it would go for at auction made me think I might have to call an ambulance.  To say there were amazed was an understatement.

The item in question they contacted us to appraise was a Wall clock, not much to look at from the average persons eye, but to a Collector or an Appraiser it would set off alarm bells. This rather plain looking clock is a late 19th Century E. Howard No. 70 Regulator, which could sell at auction in the $15,000.00- $20,000.00 range. Some of the even rarer Howard wall clocks, such as their model No. 47 Astronomical Hanging Regulator have sold for over $250,000.000.

Art Nouveau Weller Umbrella Stand

wellerbaldwinEvery dealer and collector has a soft spot for certain styles and periods of design that is almost a case of love at first sight. In my own case, it was Art Nouveau, a rebirth in design that reigned supreme from about 1895-1910. This Weller “Baldwin” series umbrella stand, with it’s vine like florals and hand-hewn look is a good example of the style produced in North America up until the First World War.

Sam Weller, the founder of Weller pottery, began with the production everyday items such as jars, jugs, tiles and utility pottery. With the move to Zanesville, Ohio, area about 1889, Weller followed the lead of other local potters and began making a line of art pottery.

Weller soon expanded into a line of Portraiture pottery with Indians, animals and themes based on the books by Charles Dickens, called “Dickensware.” A large number of other series wares such as Woodland, Oriental, Hunter, Auroral and Sicardo were also produced and well received at the time.

Like many manufacturers, Weller was forced to scale back production during the years of World War I, and the company concentrated on molded, mass-produced wares similar to those of the Roseville company. Sam Weller died in 1925, when the pottery was being run by his nephew Harry until his own death in 1932. The Weller pottery company survived the Depression and World War II, but it’s glory years were behind it when it closed for good in 1948.

The value for most original Art Nouveau designer pieces has climbed beyond the average collector, but some potteries like Weller automated enough of their production that many examples are still available at reasonable prices today.

If you have a Weller Umbrella Stand and want an Instant Evaluation of it’s current value, we do have reports listing their current Retail and Auction values on file. They’re ready to deliver for $4.95, a very substantial saving over our regular $14.95 appraisals.

Mike Wilcox

Wilcox & Hall Appraisers