It’s a Wiener dog from a Wiener workshop! Vienna, Austria, or “Wien” in German, was a major European cultural center. The Weiner Werkstatte is perhaps the most famous Viennese workshop of the 20th century, but it was not the only one.
This dachshund-shaped letter opener sold for $813 at an auction in Rago. It was made by Werkstatte Hagenauer, which was founded in Vienna by silversmith Charles Hagenauer in 1898. Like many workshops, it was a family business. Hagenauer’s sons became influential art deco designers. The workshop closed in the 1980s. There is now a museum and a shop in its former premises.
Despite their name, Wiener dogs did not originate from Vienna, but from Germany. Officially called dachshunds, the breed goes by many nicknames due to its long, thin, sausage-like build.
Q: My then 11 year old daughter loved the Disney movie “Frozen” when it was released in November 2013. That Christmas we bought her 16 inch plush dolls of the two main characters, Elsa and Anna. We ended up getting all the main characters from him, including the hard to find Sven the reindeer. They cost $20 each. Are they worth more than what we paid?
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A: The cinematic phenomenon “Frozen” was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”. Queen Elsa with “chilling” magic and her fearless sister, Anna, learned to appreciate their unique talents with the help of a snowman named Olaf.
Disney has a history of creating toys related to their successful characters. When Mickey Mouse became popular in the early 1930s, Walt and Roy Disney wanted to meet the demand for consumer products. The first merchandise contract was signed in February 1930, granting Geo. Borgfeldt & Co. is responsible for licensing Disney products to manufacturers in the United States and abroad. Some early Mickey dolls are worth thousands, depending on their condition. Your “Frozen” plush dolls are worth what you paid for them.
Q: I have a necklace made of clear faceted beads that I was told were crystal. Does this mean that it is cut glass or rock crystal?
A: “Crystal” can be used for both rock crystal and cut glass. Some manufacturers and collectors use the term for any colorless clear glass. To add to the confusion, both rock crystal and glass beads are found in antique and vintage jewelry.
Rock crystal is a clear, colorless quartz stone that was fashionable in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some 19th century cut glass was made to look like rock crystal until around 1860 when colored glass became popular. Stones “in paste”, or glass stones imitating precious stones, were invented around 1730 and have been used in costume jewelery ever since.
Glass jewelry was especially popular in the early 1900s. From around 1918 until the 1930s, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) exported glass beads, faceted glass stones, and finished jewelry in the whole world. The necklaces are often marked “Czechoslovakia” on the clasp.
To find out if your beads are stone or glass, hold them in your hand. The glass feels room temperature and will warm up the more you hold it. Stone is cooler to the touch and takes longer to warm up. Natural rock crystal is more valuable than cut glass.
Q: I have a copy of the April 23, 1945 issue of Life magazine in good condition. This is the original issue that came out after the sudden death of Franklin Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. The cover features a portrait of the successor president, Harry Truman, but there is extensive coverage of FDR’s death, his funeral and people’s reactions. What is the value of a historical problem like this?
A: It’s really a historical problem, and a lot of people realized it at the time and kept their copies. Therefore, it is not uncommon for it to be worth an extraordinary amount of money. Copies in good condition sell for between $20 and $50.
Q: I am an antique enthusiast and I read your column every week. I have a former dental practice. The milk glass on the work area was broken when we bought it. Where can I find milk glass that is 11¾ by 30½ inches and ¼ inch thick?
A: You will need professional restoration for your cabinet. Most repairers will have milk glass and can restore your part.
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.
Wooden sled, arched head and foot boards, shaped sides, marked Hutton & Co., 15 by 30 inches, $65.
Cut glass toilet jar, diamond cut, gold and gold bands, round, hinged lid, 1800s, 2½ inches, $110.
Toy M-4 Combat Tank, tin, decals, bump and go action, rotating barrel tower, spinning light, battery operated, box, 12 inch, $275.
Barometer, banjo shape, wooden case, yellow glaze, thermometer in neck, PF Bollenbach, Barrington, Illinois, c. 1920, 40 x 15 inches, $315.
American silver dish, swan shape, cut glass liner, marked, Theodore B. Starr, NY, c. 1920s, 3 x 5 inches, $410.
Furnishings, pair of chairs, Louis XV style, walnut, shaped back, closed arms, oyster colored upholstery, loose seat cushions, 34 by 28 inches, $550.
Lamp, electric, arts and crafts, weathered copper, four sided, down flared stem, shade with copper frame and four yellow textured dairy glass panels, ball and chain handle, 14 inch, $690.
Garden bench, wrought iron, old white paint, palmette crest on five-panel openwork back, alternating leaves and flowers, scrolled armrests, openwork gothic trellis seat, branch legs, Victorian, 37 x 34 inches, $835 .
Jewelry, pin, scarecrow, hanging from a pole, textured 18k gold, enamel scratches and stains, diamonds, mobile hat, 1970s, 2½ inches, $1,090.
Flag, USA, woven cotton, 36 hand sewn stars, 1865, 71 x 116 inches, $1,560.