Q: I acquired a cedar chest from my family and would like to know if there is any history. I have included some exterior and interior photos. There is a lock and the key is available. The drawers are not functional; they are for show only. I look forward to hearing from you. — AR, internet
A: I suspect most people, when asked to name a cedar chest maker, would say Lane. The Lane Company was in business in North Carolina beginning in 1912 and closed in 2001. They produced a wide variety of cedar chests with a lift top to access interior and exterior appearances that mimicked the furniture styles of period from the 16th to the 20th century. In general, they can be found on the secondary furniture market at affordable prices.
Q: We appreciate your column each week and would appreciate any information you could give us about a doll I have. It is 30 inches tall. On the back of the head is printed “Handwerck Halbig”. As far as I know, she is wearing the original dress and her wig is human hair. I don’t know anything else about her; it belonged to my aunt who had dolls all over her house. We always thought it was a bit scary. Is this doll collectible? Where do I go to sell it? —LG, Internet
A: Yes, your doll is totally collectible. German doll maker Handwerck Halbig is well known among doll collectors. Your doll was produced between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Doll prices have fallen since the beginning of this century. Currently, it would likely sell for between $250 and $500. If you are determined to sell the doll, I suggest you contact Sherry Minton, doll collector and expert in the world of doll collecting. The phone number is 407-293-3164.
Q: I have two figurines that I would like to know more about. They both measure 7 inches tall and at the bottom they both have ‘Royal Adderly’ above a circle and then ‘Annette’ with ‘Staffordshire Lace’ written in gold on the girl figurine. Can you tell me something about their age and value? I’ve had them for over 50 years. —TG
A: The two porcelain figurines were made in the Staffordshire district of England by the Adderly company. William Alsager Adderly founded the company in 1876. In the early 20th century they became part of the Royal Doulton group and continue to this day. Your two figurines were produced after 1920. Currently there is no particular collector interest. The potential dollar value is $25 to $75 each.
— John Sikorski, with over 35 years of experience, is an Ocala-based antiques advisor, consultant and broker. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, c/o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or email [email protected]