What's It Worth With Dr. Lori: Feb. 23, 2021 (Pt. 2)

Dr. Lori is appraising more of your antiques and family heirlooms!

Video Transcript

- All right, we are back with expert antiques appraiser, Dr. Lori, to look at a few more items sent in by you, our viewers.

- And starting with a tea set sent in by Kevin. Tell us more about this one.

DR. LORI: This is a lusterware tea set made in Japan in the early to mid 1900s. It's for children. It's a child tea set. I never had-- I never had tea parties with my dolls and stuff. I didn't do that. Did you do that Heather?

- You know, I vaguely remember it. I was-- I had my sister to do that sort of thing with, and then we could add in our stuffed animals and dolls too. But I remember we had one other child's tea set or something, once before here on the show. And they're not quite as valuable.

DR. LORI: They're pretty common. A lot of people had them. Typically they're made-- this one's made in Japan. They're either made in Germany or Japan, typically. This one's lusterware, that's that purple and orange kind of, lavender and orange color. It's called lusterware. It's made of ceramic. It's in its original box from the early to mid 1900s.

- The boxes-- I mean, to have it in the box too, and all the pieces there.

- Yeah I was-- well, you've answered my question. I was going to ask whether it's like china or something but it's not.

DR. LORI: Yeah, it is. It's china.

- Oh it is?

- It's ceramic.

- Oh, it is?

- Low quality ceramic, but it is ceramic, like china. And it's important that you have all the pieces. That's all those lids, right? And then it's equally important that you have the original box, which is in good condition I would say.

- All right, I feel like I'm going low here, but--

- I'm just not sure. I just don't know.

- Go ahead you go first, David.

- I'm saying 150.

- I said $55.

DR. LORI: It's worth $100.

- OK.

- Oh, so you win? You get the point.

- First point of the day for Heather. All right, next up we have a chair from Lisa.

DR. LORI: This is a gossip chair. And the reason why it's a gossip chair is that, you see that side that's open? That's where the table would go for your telephone. My Aunt Dorothy had chairs like this.

- I need a gossip chair.

- I love this. I've never heard of this Dr. Lori.

DR. LORI: Yeah, yeah. Because, well, my mother was one of nine, so everybody was always on the phone. But yeah. So, basically, the idea was you had a little table right next to this chair and then you talk on the telephone, It was the gossip chair. This one actually comes from Lisa and it's nice upholstery. It could be re- fashioned if you wanted a different upholstery, that would not impact the value negatively. It is hand turned on a lathe. This particular chair dates to the early years of the 1900.

- Is it made of oak?

DR. LORI: There you go! David Highfield, I do love you, David. That's right!

- I try to be a good student, Dr. Lori.

- On the nose.

- So it is made of oak?

- It is made of oak. This is the early 1900s which is the era that we've learned from Dr. Lori is often made of oak.

- Now it's just all pine. OK, all right, let's see then.

- OK, I--

- One single chair, made of oak.

- And it's a handsome chair, and it's a unique piece, because it only has the one arm. I mean, the whole gossip chair thing, like you're going to-- that's a story you tell people when they come--

DR. LORI: That's right.

- You better not bet too low, Heather.

- I went 125.

- I went 300.

- [GASP]

DR. LORI: It's worth 300.

- It is!

- Wow! There is no chance I could come back now, but we still have one more.

- Yeah, we're still going to do this other one. So it's a decanter and the picture was sent in by Susan.

DR. LORI: From the 1980s, it's a decanter, very traditional. It's cut glass. It's got the original stopper which has to match, and this particular piece is crystal.

- It looks to me like when you say 1980s, it reminds me of like Crystal Carrington in Dynasty. Like this is the kind of thing they would have, right?

- That's right! That's right. They'd have the whole thing, that's right. And they'd have their scotch, you know, as they plotted to get one another.

- Yes, what are we going to do to Alexis?

- What a good show.

- Dr. Lori, when you're looking at something like this from the 80s, I mean, it's obviously worth maybe keeping around and not tossing if you're decluttering your house, but is there value to something like this from the 80s?

- Yeah, don't think just because it's a young piece, like it's younger, that it's not valuable. So we always think, oh it has to be old to be valuable? That's not true. Pieces from the 2010s can be valuable. Depends on quality. Which is what I'm trying to teach you. It is 24 or more percent lead crystal. It's in beautiful condition. It has the original stopper. It is cut, so it's handcut and basically it's made by one of the big manufacturing firms for crystal decanters.

- All right. I'm going to guess, $200.

- I went 250.

DR. LORI: Very, very, good it's worth $200.

- All right! And David--

- I got another one. [LAUGHS]

DR. LORI: David was hot today!

- --almost with a complete steal of the show.

- Well this was fun, I really liked today, Dr. Lori.

DR. LORI: You're doing great. You're both doing great. You're learning some stuff and you're passing on the knowledge. That's what I like, and Heather, as usual, always looks beautiful.

- Oh, you look nice today, too. And Thanks for sharing your phone story with us

DR. LORI: Oh, I love the phone.

- All right, thank you. And thanks to everyone for sending us your photos for a future episode with Dr. Lori. Watch next Tuesday to see if she features your item.