KOVELS: Advertising posters caught attention with colorful illustrations – Maryville Daily Times

This 1894 poster could have been made for an Olympic event in the early 1900s or well into the 20th century. Tandem bicycling was a Summer Olympics event in 1908 and then again from 1920 to 1972. Two-rider teams raced for 2,000 meters on tandem bicycles. In 1908, …….

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This 1894 poster could have been made for an Olympic event in the early 1900s or well into the 20th century. Tandem bicycling was a Summer Olympics event in 1908 and then again from 1920 to 1972. Two-rider teams raced for 2,000 meters on tandem bicycles. In 1908, 34 riders from seven countries took part. France won the gold medal. In 1972, the last year before it was dropped, the event included 28 riders from 14 nations. Tandem bicycle races are still part of the Paralympics.

This antique bicycle advertising poster sold for $6,600 at Poster Auctions International. It pictures a pair of riders on a tandem bike racing from Earth toward the stars. The prophetic poster was created by Ferdinand Lunel (1857-1933), known best for his humorous drawings.

Q: I have a Victorian cast-iron parlor stove that belonged to my grandparents. It’s impressed “S.H. Ransom & Co., Albany.” It has four short legs and is decorated with ornate raised designs. The top decorative piece is broken. Can you give me any information about this stove, the maker and possible value? Is there anyone who restores cast-iron stoves?

A: Albany, N.Y., was the heart of the stove industry in the United States from about 1820 to 1870. At one time, there were about 350 stove manufacturers in Albany and nearby Troy, N.Y. Samuel H. Ransom and John F. Rathbone established a foundry in Albany in 1840. They parted ways in 1844, and S.H. Ransom & Co. was started in 1845. The company made wood, oil, coal and gas stoves. It also made cookware. The company was in business until at least 1887. Style, rarity and condition determine price. An S.H. Ransom & Co. cast-iron parlor stove patented in 1847 and elaborately embossed with pictures of royalty on the front and warriors on the sides, in perfect condition, was offered for sale for $2,450. Other S.H. Ransom & Co. parlor stoves have sold for $375 to $400. A source for information and repair of old stoves is Good Times Stove Co. (goodtimestove.com). Other sources can be found in Kovels.com.

Q: Would there be any interest in a five-piece cherrywood furniture ensemble consisting of a loveseat, platform rocker, armchair and two straight chairs? It’s been in the family since the 1890s. The wood framing is beautiful. Does it have any value?

A: Furniture in good condition will sell. Pieces by a famous maker sell for the highest prices. Look for a maker’s mark or label on the underside of the furniture. If you find a maker’s name, search online to see what the furniture sells for. Large, heavy pieces in styles that aren’t popular are harder to sell. They usually do better in a house sale, which attracts multiple buyers. You can contact a local antiques dealer to see if they can sell your furniture. If they aren’t interested and you have to sell it yourself, consider donating it to a charity instead. They will usually pick it up, and you can take a tax deduction for the value of the furniture.

Q: My mom lives in Colorado and has some furniture that she believes may be worth money, and she would like to have the pieces appraised. I’m helping her, but I’m not sure what to look for when looking for an appraiser. Can you provide me with some guidance?

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