Persian Sarouk rugs are highly regarded
Q: We have six Persian Sarouk rugs in various sizes, made in Iran, circa 1905. The rug in this photo is 3 feet by 4. Is there a market for them, and how or where could I find out the value?
— T.R.R., Internet
A: In the world of Persian and Oriental rug collecting, Sarouk rugs are highly regarded. I suggest you contact Cyrus Rug Gallery on the downtown square in Ocala. They have been there for decades. Ask for Bahram Cyrus Assary. I am confident he can help. The phone number is 352-629-3200.
Q: Attached is a photo of the mantelpiece connected to the "Sad Sisters." In Gainesville during the 1980s, the area behind the Sun Center was demolished to make room for the condominium [that is] there now. Four houses were spared and moved to the corner of Southeast Seventh Street and East University Avenue, but, eventually, they too were demolished. During their time on that corner, they were called the "Sad Sisters," and became a part of local lore. The mantel in the photograph was removed prior to the houses being relocated. I believe this is a great piece of Gainesville history and would like it to go to someone who has an appreciation of local history.
— J., Internet
A: I have a vague memory of the houses called the "Sad Sisters," but that is all I can say. Perhaps our readers will recall them and have suggestions.
Q: I have this beautiful, framed, 3-D white porcelain horse picture that once belonged to my grandparents. Can you please tell me what type of art this is, and if it is worth anything?
— T., Internet
A: If possible, open the back of your framed porcelain relief and see if there are any notations about the maker, etc. There is no specific collector interest. If you do not find any information, dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
Q: Is there someone close to Ocala who is interested in Fostoria glassware? I have quite a few pieces, all of which were obtained in the early-to-late 1950s.
— A.B., Internet
A: I suggest you contact the Fostoria Collectors Club,www.fostoriaglass.org. I am not aware of any local resources. The other suggestion to sell would be to contact Replacements Ltd. in Greensboro, North Carolina. They buy Fostoria Glass. The phone number is 800-REPLACE. Good luck.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski`s Attic,`` on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski`s Attic, c/o The Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave.
By John Sikorski