The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City with a parade of trade unionists, followed by a huge outdoor party with speeches and picnics. President Grover Cleveland enshrined the holiday into national law in 1884, and Labor Day parades have been held across the United States since then. And what’s a parade without flags to wave?
This turned wooden flag stand, filled with 20 miniature fabric flags on wooden sticks, is ready for a celebration. It was originally a store display and recently sold for $540 at an AntiqueAdvertising.com auction.
The auction describes it as a Victorian item with no specific date, so it may predate Labor Day. Based on the number of stars, the flags date from the beginning of the 20th century. But, it’s likely stores offered flags in displays like these for early Labor Day parades, as parade-goers continue to wave flags today.
Q: My father, an American born in France, received a series of eight engravings of important events of the French Revolution. It was a gift from his great-aunt in 1938 or 1939, before he came to the United States at the start of World War II. The prints had been on a roll for many years, then poorly framed, and I had them reframed last year. Prints measure approximately 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide. They depict events from the French Revolution, including guillotine depictions of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The printer’s mark is “O. Chardon, Paris. They are speckled, some are cracked, and all are a little discolored from years and conditions. Can you tell me something about the printer and the age of these prints?
A: These prints are based on illustrations made by Charles Monnet (sometimes listed as Charles Monet), le painter du roy (royal painter) to Louis XV. He produced 15 illustrations of scenes from the Revolution and portraits of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. They were engraved by Isidore-Stanislas Helman and first published in 1798. Twelve of the images were published that year. The first edition including all 15 images was published around 1802. A second edition was published by Chez Decrouan in 1838. Chardon published the third edition in 1864. Your images may be reprints of the original engravings. They should be viewed by an expert to determine authenticity and value. Reproductions have little value and they are worthless if they are in poor condition. But, due to your family background, you may still want to hang them on your wall.
Q: I’ve had this oval bowl for a long time and I don’t know anything about it. I recently saw a similar one. It was a different color and looks like it’s glass. Mine is ceramic but the grape clusters and vine details are the same. Could it be a Northwood bowl or is it a fake?
A: The Northwood Glass Company made pressed carnival glass, known for its iridescent sheen. It was called “the poor man’s Tiffany glass”, designed to mimic the look of expensive blown glass. The Grape and Cable pattern was a popular mass-produced pattern by Northwood. Most Northwood glasses have their “N” mark underlined on the bottom. From your photo the bowl looks like a ceramic version of the popular glass pattern and not an attempt to imitate carnival glass. Your bowl shows how popular the Grape and Cable pattern was with collectors. The Northwood Grape and Cable Carnival glass bowls recently sold for between $150 and $175.
Q: I have several pop cans that I bought at Disney World in 1986. They all have Disney characters on them. One is “Alice in Wonderland” on a TaB soda can. Are they valuable?
A: Disney World in Orlando, Florida celebrated its 15th anniversary in 1986. A series of aluminum soda cans featuring many Disney cartoon characters as well as other Disney collectibles were made for the anniversary. TaB was Coca-Cola’s original diet soda. It was discontinued in 2020. An Alice in Wonderland tab may have recently sold for $5.
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Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.
Kutani, vase, porcelain, multicolored clouds, flowering branches, flying and perching birds, rust trim, gilding, shoulders, flared rim, red stamps, Japan, 17¾ inches, $40.
Toy, marble, glass, swirl, double red, blue and green stripes, white latticino heart, handmade, 2¼ inches, $90.
Cabinet, sofa, art nouveau, bentwood, double medallion back, scroll armrests, caned seat, stretcher base, attributed to J. & J. Kohn, Austria, late 19th century, 40 by 46 by 26 inches, 215 $.
Fulper pottery vase, flamed glaze, cat-eye crystal green, bulbous body, short six-ridged neck, vertical mark, 5¼ by 6 inches, $270.
Daum vase, marbled glass, blue, green, yellow, oval body, flattened rectangular mouth, marked Daum Nancy, 4½ by 7 by 2¾ inches, $315.
Quilt, pieced, log cabin, Ombre et Lumière, multicolored, white diagonal stripes, red outer border, cradle, late 19th century, 17¼ inches, $345.
Auto, sign, school bus, four-sided, red rectangle, “Stop”, two green circles, “Go”, yellow lettering, turns, 1920s, 20½ x 8¾ x 5 inches, $540.
Sign, Euclid Beach Park, “Labor Day Mon. September 6” in green, “Admission to park and all rides” in red, “$2.50 per person, 75 (cents) per child”, hand painted, 36 by 72 inches, $990.
Inkwell, pewter, domed, three penholders, flared base, hinged lid with finial, marked, William Will, Philadelphia, 3 by 4¾ inches, $1,135.
Cabinet, cabinet, neoclassical, marquetry, parquetry, walnut veneer, two doors, inlaid bellflowers, two interior shelves and slide, tapered square legs, Southern Germany, 37½ by 56 by 23 inches, $3,300.