Many factors determine value of gateleg table
This William and Mary style gateleg table should be appraised to determine its true worth, but values of similar tables range from $3,500 to $17,500 based on age, size and condition.

Question: I believe the pictured antique is a William and Mary table. My grandfather purchased it nearly a century ago, and my father said it is about 300 years old. I would like to know the table's age and worth. - L.D., Atlantic County

Answer: Your table's D-form drop leaves, block-vase-and-ring-turned legs, and box stretchers are earmarks of gateleg tables made in the American Colonies from 1700 to 1750. Such tables imitated innovative furniture constructed in England during the 1689 to 1702 reign of King William III and Queen Mary II.

Sturdy American gateleg tables were popular space-savers used in small homes since they could be placed against a wall when leaves were dropped but became dining tables when pulled away and extensions were lifted. Frequently fashioned from maple or walnut, antique gateleg tables were produced with oval, square, rectangular and round tops. Your table's style suggests it may have been made in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York.

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Values of similar tables range from $3,500 to $17,500 based on age, size and condition. Tables that fetch high dollars have original finish and hinges with no warp, damage, repairs or replacements. In order to establish your table's age, condition and value, it should be examined by an appraiser such as C. Robert Harrison, whose specialty is 18th- and 19th-century American furniture. Harrison can be contacted at

Question: Enclosed are photos of a purple glass vase, about 8 1/2 inches high and signed "VSL Belgique." The woman who gave the vase to me said it was made to celebrate the 1936 Olympics. Information about the vase and its value will be appreciated. - C.P., Berlin, Camden County

Answer: Your vase has the mark of the Val St. Lambert glass factories located in Belgium. Founded in 1825, Val St. Lambert is noted for its pressed, blown and molded art glass, often decorated with intricate wheel engraving and cutting. The company's elegant 1920s and 1930s Art Deco items are favorites of collectors.

Designed by Charles Graffart (1893-1967) for the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, your Luxval line, flared square vase featuring basketball players in relief against stippled glass panels is titled "Le Basketteur." Folks who collect basketball or Olympic-games memorabilia consider the piece very desirable because it commemorates the 1936 debut of basketball as an Olympic sport, and the American team won the gold medal that year. Collectors currently pay $250 to $300 to own Le Basketteur.

Alyce Hand Benham is an antiques broker, appraiser and estate-liquidation specialist whose consulting firm, Treasures Unlimited, is based in southern New Jersey. Send questions to: Alyce Benham, Life section, The Press of Atlantic City, 11 Devins Lane, Pleasantville, NJ 08232. Letters may be used in future columns but cannot be answered individually, and photos cannot be returned.

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