"Sorry, but I can't help. Surprising. I can't see any possibility for the last name besides Otis. And I found three artists Otis on signaturefinder.com, but don't see an A. Otis. He/she clearly had skill. Could it be the name of the…"
"A ton of reproductions of cast iron lawn furniture has been and is still being made. You should start by checking this with a magnet - In your last pic I think I see an aluminum color peeking through some missing paint, and if made of aluminum it is…"
"You didn’t say the size, but it looks like a poster to me. Playbill is the booklet that is handed out when you go to the theatre and are usually 8.5 by 5.5 inches.
Rare doesn’t always mean valuable. In this case I doubt there is much…"
"I don't want to rain on your parade, but don't want you to be wildly misled either. Where you are located can make a difference in furniture prices. But based on values in my part of the US (New England), I don't see how this could…"
"The pics aren't close enough for us to know what is there for marks, or at least I can't tell. Based on what I can see neither seems to be a German silver mark but can't be sure. Unless a well-known maker, it won't affect value…"
"Those pictures confirm my guess, and I would say definitely not period (i.e. not 18th century as the marking would suggest). Made in the late 19th century at the earliest. However, I am an anonymous person on the internet, so there is no particular…"
"I own a lot of old (including some 18th century) pewter but mostly American. This is clearly European. It doesn't look that old to me, but you absolutely need to include a picture of the bottom of the item because without that it will be guess…"
"It's missing the top lid, these were often broken and tossed. It looks to be one "vase" from a garniture set, which were made from the 17th century to the 1950's or so as decoration for fireplace mantles. Looks like a later one,…"
"Could be, but the company well known for putting the date backwards was Lane; maybe Heritage did it also, but I'm not aware of it, and those number 097510 don't make sense - 090751 would make sense. Plus this looks significantly newer to…"
"I don't think that is authentic precolumbian pottery. It is too roughly made and I don't see that style. Maybe a student piece without too much age. You can compare to authentic pieces in a museum or auction site online to see what…"
"Tom, she had a correct answer already. Stating as you did that I was wrong and this was made in Iraq in 1995, and not Yugoslavia in mid century, was simply wrong. There is no law against that, but maybe you should try to say "sorry, I was…"
"Studio pottery often has felt or other material glued to the bottom so it won't mess up the shelf it is sitting on. Without seeing a picture I assume that's what you're describing. It is necessary to pull that off in order to properly…"
"I was thinking window blind but thought they would be too heavy and likely to bump the glass with unfortunate results. I like the picnic tablecloth idea. Having four of them is consistent with that idea:"
I hear ya about figuring all this stuff out :) I sent you a friend request and think we need to be friends LoL so I can send you a message :) I would love to chat with you about this plate and what I'm learning :) All the best!
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