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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 16, 2014

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Written by TERRY AND KIM KOVEL   
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:53
This pyramid-shaped tin lithographed can is hand-soldered. It probably was made before 1940. It sold for $4,830 at a William Morford auction in Cazenovia, N.Y., in March.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Vintage motor oil cans are popular among men. There is very little information available about the cans, but there's a lot about the companies that made the oil. So it's easy to date a can by its logo and style, which makes it easy to find great early examples.

The tin can was invented in 1810 to hold food for Napoleon's army. Cans were made by hand in the early 19th century. About six could be made by one man in an hour. By 1900 the main products stored in tin cans were food and petroleum products. Cans made around the turn of the 20th century had a soldered seam on the side that looks like a gray strip.

Cardboard cans were introduced in the 1940s but were widely used from the 1950s to the 1980s. The first soft drink aluminum cans were used in 1953. The first aluminum cans for motor oil were made in 1958. The square cardboard quart oil can came into use in the 1960s.

Most popular with collectors are the quart size, then the gallon, then the 5-gallon, and it does not matter if the can is full or empty.

An unusual Marathon motor oil container sold in 2014 at a William Morford auction. It's shaped and decorated to look like an oil well. The 15-inch-high can has the brand's "Running Man" logo, a silhouette of an ancient Greek runner and the slogan "Best in the long run." The logo dates back to the 1920s, but the brand was purchased by the Ohio Oil Co. in 1930.

Q: I have a New York Mets pennant from the 1969 World Series. It's red with white and blue lettering that reads "New York Mets, 1969 National League Champions." It has the Mets logo, Mr. Met, and the words "World Series." The last names of all the players and the manager are listed. The pennant is in good condition. What is it worth?

A: The New York Mets was an expansion team that ended up in last place in 1962, its inaugural season, and second to last the following seasons until 1969, when they clinched the National League pennant. The "Miracle Mets" upset the Baltimore Orioles and won the World Series that year, too. Mets pennants like yours in good condition sell for about $50 to $100.

Q: We have a Fleischmann's model steam engine that's 9 1/2 inches tall. It's in a box marked "Fleischmann 105/1" and "Western Germany." There also are operating instructions. We can't find a date or any other information, but it seems to be an old toy. Can you give us any information about this model?

A: Jean Fleischmann founded his toy company in 1877 in Nuremburg, Germany. The company began making steam toys after World War II. Model steam engines were made to power model trains and other toys. Fleischmann was taken over by Modelleisenbahn (Model Railways) in 2008 but continues as a separate brand. Your model steam engine was made between about 1950 and 1964. The steam engine sells for under $50.

Q: My small Victorian parlor table is made of oak. It has a shaped top and intricately turned legs and four little claw feet, each holding a little glass ball. I cannot find a mark or label. What would the table sell for today?

A: Those glass ball-and-claw feet were popular during the late Victorian Golden Oak period of furniture-making. If your table is in excellent condition, it could sell for $300 or more.

Q: I have a deck of playing cards with pictures of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and his henchmen. The joker lists the ranks of Iraqi military next to ranks of the U.S. military. Can you tell me anything about these cards and their value?

A: A set of "personality identification playing cards" like yours was developed in 2003 to help members of the U.S. military identify "wanted" Iraqi government officials and party chairmen. Each card had the person's picture, if available, his or her last known location, and their government or committee position. High-ranking officials were pictured on the aces and face cards, and less important people on low-number cards. Saddam Hussein was pictured on the highest-ranking card, the ace of spades. The day the deck of cards was announced, an enterprising civilian downloaded the images from the U.S. Department of Defense website and offered them for sale on eBay. Soon other people also were selling the cards. Decks of Iraqi Most Wanted Playing Cards have sold online for $5 or less.

Q: In the 1970s, I was a salesman for Wilson's tennis equipment. I recently uncovered long-forgotten boxes of unused tennis rackets from the days when Wilson was far and away the leading manufacturer of rackets. The rackets are in perfect condition. Most of them have never been strung and most also come with a cover. Is there a market for these?

A: There is a market for vintage tennis rackets, although competitive players would never use them today – technology has improved rackets too much. You should contact a dealer or auctioneer who specializes in sports collectibles. And organize your collection and any related printed material to prove the age of each model. It is likely that a single racket could sell for $25 to $50.

Tip: Check wires and screw eyes before hanging an old picture.

Take advantage of a free listing for your group to announce events or to find antique shows, national meetings and other events. Go to the Calendar at Kovels.com to find, publicize and plan your antiquing trips.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Postcard, "To Dear Dad," flowers, anchor, embossed, 1908 postmark, $5.
  • Factory wheel tool, six spokes, wood, metal, Gifford Wood Co., Hudson, N.Y., circa 1900, 40 inches, $20.
  • Accordion, metal, cutout design, ivory keys, side strap handles, Alfred L. Fischer, case, 1950s, $70.
  • Cuff links, oval, mother-of-pearl, 10K gold, 3/4 inches, $120.
  • Teplitz pottery pitcher, applied dragon handle, berries, impressed Amphora mark, Austria, circa 1900, 11 inches, $270.
  • Shaving mug, occupational, cooper, man standing with barrel, gilt lettering, Haviland, stamped CFH/GDM, 1800s, 3 1/4 inches, $330.
  • Victorian chair, griffin-shaped arms, carved front legs, grotesque masks, shaped top rail, upholstered, late 1800s, 53 x 27 inches, $425.
  • Radiator cap topped by Indian hood ornament, headdress, thermometer, metal, H. Briand, Paris, circa 1930, 6 inches, $900.
  • Napoleon figurine, wearing coronation robes, porcelain, Scheibe-Alsbach mark, Germany, circa 1945, 14 inches, $1,000.
  • Cigar store Indian, standing, zinc, multicolor paint, William Demuth & Co., circa 1859, 65 inches, $2,070.
Contemporary, modern and mid-century ceramics made since 1950 are among the hottest collectibles today. Our special report, "Kovels' Buyers' Guide to Modern Ceramics: Mid-Century to Contemporary," identifies important pottery by American and European makers. Includes more than 65 factories and 70 studio artists, each with a mark and dates. Works by major makers including Claude Conover, Guido Gambone, Lucie Rie, as well as potteries like Gustavsberg, Metlox and Sascha Brastoff, are shown in color photos. Find the "sleepers" at house sales and flea markets. Special Report, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 64 pp. Available only from Kovels for $19.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at www.Kovels.com; or mail to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE
This pyramid-shaped tin lithographed can is hand-soldered. It probably was made before 1940. It sold for $4,830 at a William Morford auction in Cazenovia, N.Y., in March.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:52
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 9, 2014

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Written by TERRY AND KIM KOVEL   
Monday, 09 June 2014 12:39

This jigsaw puzzle pictures young Susan Hayward, an Academy Award-winning actress. She was born in 1917 and stopped making movies in about 1972. The puzzle was one of seven novelties that sold as a group for $250 at a Swann Galleries auction in New York in April 2014.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Collectors sometimes find an unusual "go-with" for their collection. Collectors buy a standard one-sheet movie poster, 27 by 41 inches, or a three-sheet, 40 by 81 inches, or a half-sheet, 22 by 28 inches, or lobby cards that usually are 11 by 14 inches. Sometimes a full set of lobby cards – seven scene cards and one title card – is found. There also are cardboard window cards, autographs, promotional items, jewelry, T-shirts, toys and games, all related to a movie.

A lucky find for movie buffs this year was a jigsaw puzzle made with a photograph of Susan Hayward (1917-1975), a movie star and leading lady from 1937 to 1972. While there are many movie-star paper dolls, there are very few jigsaw puzzles.

Q: My grandmother was married in 1899 and received a curvy birch bedroom dresser and chest as a gift. Both pieces are mounted with a beveled mirror in a carved wooden frame. My mother wasn't fond of the furniture, but she kept it and now we're using it because we can tell its quality is a lot better than anything else we own. The label on the back of each piece says "Robert Mitchell Furniture Co., Cincinnati, Ohio." Please tell us about the manufacturer and the furniture's value.

A: Robert Mitchell was an Irish immigrant who partnered with Frederick Rammelsberg to open a furniture-making business in Cincinnati in the 1830s or '40s. Mitchell & Rammelsberg incorporated in 1867. In 1881, after Rammelsberg had died, the corporate name was changed to Robert Mitchell Furniture Co. It remained in business until about 1940. Any Victorian-era furniture made by Mitchell & Rammelsberg or Robert Mitchell Furniture Co. is high-quality and prized by collectors.

Q: My 85-year-old mother-in-law gave my wife and me a six-sided large glass Planters Peanuts jar she has had for years. She told us her aunt worked in a bar a long time ago and the jar was on the counter for patrons to reach in and grab peanuts. There are fired-on yellow Mr. Peanut images around the outside of the jar, which has its original glass lid with a peanut finial. Are these old jars collectible?

A: Planters Peanuts have been around since 1906, and Mr. Peanut became the company's logo in 1916. Jars like yours have been made in many shapes and styles since then, but yours probably is the six-sided jar made in 1936. If your jar is in excellent condition, it could be worth $50 to $100. Advertising collectors love Mr. Peanut.

Q: I'm looking for information about my black amethyst vase. Can you help?

A: Black amethyst glass looks black until it's held to the light. Then it looks dark but not black. It has been made in many factories since 1860, so unless the piece has a maker's mark, it's impossible to tell who made it. Look for similar shapes online or in books about 19th- and 20th-century glass.

Q: I was given several Lladro figurines and would like to find out what they're worth and the best way to sell them, if I choose to.

A: Juan, Jose and Vicente Lladro started making Lladro porcelain in Almacera, Spain, in 1951. The company moved to Tabernes Blanques in 1958 and is still working. Figurines are made in both limited and unlimited editions, and a figurine may come in different colors and with different finishes. Most have a glossy glaze, some have a matte finish and some were made with Gres finish, a brightly-colored satiny finish introduced in 1970. Lladro figurines can be hard to sell. Price depends on condition, glaze and rarity. You can check online to see what they are currently selling for, but most unlimited edition figurines sell for $50 to $150.

Q: I have two volumes of The History of the Civil War in America, by John S.CIRCA Abbott. The first volume was published in 1863 and the second in 1865. The books have leather bindings and include engravings of battle scenes, maps and pictures of important men.

A: John Stevens Cabot Abbott (1805-1877) was a writer and Congregational minister who wrote inspirational books before he left the ministry in 1844. He wrote books about historical events and biographies after his retirement. Abbot was one of several northern authors who wrote histories of the Civil War while it was still being fought. The books helped shape public opinion about the war. Much of his information came from newspaper accounts of battles. Abbot's history of the Civil War was published in German as well as English because there were many German immigrants in the North. The History of the Civil War in America was sold by agents or by subscription, and a list of subscribers was printed in the books. Two volumes sold at auction last year for $75.

Tip: Pewter looks best when displayed against a blue background. Silver is most attractive against a red background.

Sign up for our free weekly email, "Kovels Komments." Terry writes about the latest news, suggests tips, answers questions and gives her views of the market. If you register on our website, there is no charge.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Boehm Porcelain bridal rose, white, baby's breath, entwined hearts, "Our Love Forever," circa 1981, 4 x 6 inches, $60.
  • Mail Pouch advertising thermometer, porcelain, red, blue, yellow, 1900s, 39 x 8 inches, $125.
  • Odd Fellows pottery jug, hexagonal, symbols, text, Staffordshire, circa 1850, 7 1/2 x 2 inches, $430.
  • Barbie doll, No. 3, brunette ponytail, striped swimsuit, Mattel, circa 1960, $435.
  • Bronze candlestick, Egyptian seated figures, filigree lotus-flower rim, France, circa 1850, 7 inches, pair, $720.
  • Snuff bottle, agate, amber, carved peanuts design, coral stopper, oval, 1800s, 2 inches, $920.
  • Delft tobacco jar, blue flowers, scrolling cartouche, brass dome lid, oval, St. Omer label, 1700s, 15 1/2 inches, $960.
  • Map of North America, hand-colored, engraved, John Senex, London, 1710, 29 x 26 3/4 inches, $1,200.
  • Queen Anne corner chair, walnut, shaped slats, curved legs, Pennsylvania, circa 1765, $1,900.
  • Tall case clock, mahogany, convex glass, engraved brass dial, alarm wheel, brass weight driven, Massachusetts, circa 1810, 38 inches, $3,900.

"Kovels' A Diary: How to Settle a Collector's Estate." Our new week-by-week record of the settlement of an estate, from your first days gathering legal papers to the last days when you're dividing antiques among heirs and selling everything else – a even the house. How to identify pottery, jewelry and other popular collectibles. Tips on where and how to sell furniture, jewelry, dishes, figurines, record albums, bikes and even clothes. We include lots of pictures and prices and explain the advantages of a house sale, auction, selling to a dealer or donating to a charity. Learn about how to handle the special problems of security and theft. Plus a free current supplement with useful websites, auctions lists and other current information. Available only from Kovels for $19.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at Kovels.com; or write to Kovels, P.O. Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This jigsaw puzzle pictures young Susan Hayward, an Academy Award-winning actress. She was born in 1917 and stopped making movies in about 1972. The puzzle was one of seven novelties that sold as a group for $250 at a Swann Galleries auction in New York in April 2014.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:53
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 2, 2014

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Monday, 02 June 2014 12:39

This signed Japanese bronze elephant sculpture with ivory tusks was made in about 1900 and sold in March 2014 at a Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y., for $920. If the suggested new antique ivory regulations become law, this antique bronze will be worthless because it will be illegal to sell it or even give it to a museum.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – An heirloom bronze elephant with ivory tusks, great-grandmother's piano with ivory keys, a vintage ivory chess set or an antique silver teapot with a small ivory inset in the handle to keep it cool may be "endangered" by proposed laws that could be in place sometime in June. Buying, selling or importing ivory from recently killed African elephants already is illegal and has been for about 25 years. But an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would extend the ban to include all antique ivory harvested from elephants that died before 1914. There would be a law forbidding sales, even gifts to museums, of any ivory, including antique pieces. This affects antiques dealers and collectors, knife makers and collectors, Inuit craftsmen, owners of mahjong and chess sets, and manufacturers of musical instruments, including guitars and violins – the list could go on.

And those in favor of strong endangered species laws want to also insist that all confiscated antique carved ivory art be destroyed – not even given to a museum. Already thousands of pounds of ivory art objects have been destroyed. This will cause huge losses to companies, collectors and museums. Express your opinion in this controversy. There's still time to contact your U.S. senator, representative or the Fish & Wildlife Service to make your thoughts known. For links to more detailed information, go to www.kovels.com/latest-news/new-ivory-ban.html.

Q: My bedroom suite has a chest of drawers and dresser made of light wood. They are marked "Birchcraft by Baumritter." Does the suite have any value other than as used furniture?

A: Baumritter Corp. was founded by Theodore Baumritter and his brother-in-law, Nathan Ancell, in New York City in 1932. The company sold housewares. Baumritter and Ancell bought a furniture company in Beecher Falls, Vt., in 1936. The company introduced a 28-piece line of "Ethan Allen" furniture, named after the Revolutionary War hero, in 1939. The name of the company became Ethan Allen Industries in 1972. Furniture with a modern look and light color is bought by those wanting a '50s look and sells for a little more than other used furniture.

Q: I bought a heavy glass vase at auction several years ago. It's 14 1/2 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The signature on the back is "Legras." The vase is decorated with trees around a lake. The orange-colored sky and reflection in the lake look like it is sunset or sunrise. When light shines through the glass, it looks like the sun is shining through the trees. Can you tell me anything about the maker and the vase's value?

A: Auguste Legras founded his glassworks at St. Denis, France, in 1864. Legras is known for its cameo glass and enamel-decorated glass in Art Nouveau designs. The company merged with Pantin in 1920. Legras vases sell for a few hundred to over a thousand dollars. A vase with a similar scene sold at auction for $355 earlier this year.

Q: My mother left me her complete set of Salem China. It was a wedding gift, and she may have used the china once or twice through the years. I have used the dishes a couple of times since she gave them to me. All the pieces are perfect. They're decorated with a central bouquet of colorful pastel flowers. The mark on the bottom is a small circle with the word "Salem" inside it and a coffee cup in front of it. Under that are the words "Princess Margaret, 23 K Gold, 51 Y." Please estimate a value for the set.

A: Salem China Co. manufactured dinnerware in Salem, Ohio, from 1898 to 1967. The mark on your dishes dates the set to 1951, the year before Princess Margaret's older sister, Elizabeth, became Queen of England. Salem China named the pattern to take advantage of Americans' fascination with Great Britain's royal family. The Princess Margaret pattern is not a common one. A 12-piece set of dishes in the pattern recently sold online for $225.

Q: My World's Fair souvenir is unusual. It's a little booklet titled "New York World's Fair 1939 Needle Book" and holds all 90 of its original needles inside. The color design on the front is of the fair's Trylon and Perisphere. The booklet, marked "Copyright Pilgrim Needle Co.," is about 6 3/4 by 4 1/2 in. Is it worth anything?

A: New York's 1939 World's Fair is one of the most popular among collectors of World's Fair memorabilia. But your needle book, while unusual, is not rare. Several versions were handed out at the fair. Most of them sell today for $5 to $10.

Q: I have some beer cans my father got at his 25th college reunion at Harvard in 1964. Are cans for special events like this collected? I know a very small number were made.

A: Beer can collectors like to specialize by brand, city, size, shape or other differences in cans. There are collectors of college and high school reunion beer cans and bottles, but prices are determined by condition and rarity. Unless you are a very serious collector of these cans, it is difficult to judge rarity. Buy or trade for those that interest you for fun – but not for profit.

Tip: To keep scrapbooks from deteriorating, store them away from strong light, heat and moisture.

Need prices for your antiques and collectibles? Find them at Kovels.com, our website for collectors. You can find more than 900,000 prices and more than 11,000 color photographs that help you determine the value of your collectibles. Study the prices. Go to the free Price Guide at Kovels.com. The website also lists publications, clubs, appraisers, auction houses, people who sell parts or repair antiques, show lists and more. Kovels.com adds to the information in this column.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Hummel figurine, Chimney Sweep, No. 12/1, 6 1/2 inches, $60.
  • Porcelain figurine, woman volleyball player, white uniform, Schaubach Kunst mark, Germany, circa 1940, 9 inches, $110.
  • Railroad flagman's lantern, red globe, 1800s, 13 inches, $120.
  • Rookwood bookends, owl, standing on book, taupe glaze, impressed, 1930s, 6 x 3 3/4 inches, $185.
  • Humidor, Bock Havana 50, figural black & tan dog pulling sled, multicolor, circa 1900, 10 inches, $210.
  • Barber bottle, coral reef, opalescent, square, tapered, circa 1900, 8 x 2 1/2 inches, $260.
  • Fishing tackle box, mahogany, brass, lift lid, two fitted drawers, Abercrombie & Fitch, circa 1950, 8 1/2 x 20 inches, $440.
  • Sword, carved swordfish bill, wood hilts, relief-carved narwhal whale, fisherman, 1800s, 39 & 37 inches, pair, $460.
  • Scandinavian Modern chair, swivel, aluminum, upholstery, Carl Eric Klote, 1960s, 27 x 30 inches, pair, $485.
  • Sterling silver service plates, Marie Antoinette, engraved, International Silver, 1900s, 10 1/2 inches, 6 pieces, $2,640.

The Kovels have navigated flea markets for decades. Learn from the best. "Kovels Flea Market Strategies: How to Shop, Buy and Bargain the 21st Century Way," by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, tells you about the latest smartphone apps and websites to help you shop, share and ship as well as what to wear, what to bring and, most important, how to negotiate your way to a bargain. Also find tips on spotting fakes, advice about paying for your purchases and shipping suggestions. Full color booklet, 17 pages, 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 in. Available only from Kovels for $7.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at Kovels.com; or mail to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This signed Japanese bronze elephant sculpture with ivory tusks was made in about 1900 and sold in March 2014 at a Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, N.Y., for $920. If the suggested new antique ivory regulations become law, this antique bronze will be worthless because it will be illegal to sell it or even give it to a museum.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 08:53
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of May 26, 2014

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:17
Did the auction bidder want this toy because it was made by an American Indian, or made from a collectible blanket, or just because it was a colorful toy? Whatever the reason, it sold for $115 at an Allard auction held last month in Mesa, Ariz.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – One-of-a-kind collectibles are interesting and often not expensive. In the 1980s, a Navaho Indian decided to make a stuffed toy from a Pendleton wool blanket. Today, a vintage Pendleton wool blanket in good condition can sell for hundreds of dollars. But 30 years ago, a worn Pendleton blanket had a lower value, so it was cut up and turned into a toy. The result was a plush toucan bird that looks like the Toucan Sam logo for Froot Loops cereal. The finished bird measures 16 by 11 inches. Allard Auctions of St. Ignatius, Mont., sold it for $115 at a March 2014 auction held in Mesa, Ariz. There were 11 bids.

Q: I have a glass quart jar that's embossed "1776" above the Liberty Bell and "1976" below it. The other side of the jar is embossed "Mason's." Is it worth anything?

A: Canning jars like yours were made by Anchor Hocking of Lancaster, Ohio, to celebrate the 1976 Bicentennial of the United States. The jars often are found today and sell for $5 to $10.

Q: My husband was a cartoonist and sometimes corresponded with Charles Schulz, famous for his Peanuts comic strip. When my husband had heart surgery, Schulz sent him two of his original Peanuts strips. Each one is about 30 inches long and 6 inches high and is signed "Schulz." My husband has since died and the strips now belong to me and our children. One strip features Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and the other Lucy and Schroeder. Please tell me what the strips are worth.

A: If the strips are indeed original works by Charles Schulz, they're valuable. Some have sold at auction for $15,000. The first thing you want to do is make sure you are storing them safely by using archival papers and boxes. Keep them away from direct light. Insure them. If the strips are not marked with a date, try to find out when they first ran. If you want to sell, contact a reputable auction house that deals in comic art.

Q: I am thinking about selling a set of Sascha Brastoff dishes. The dishes are pink and gold and include service for eight. I think the dishes date from 1949. What is the set worth?

A: Sascha Brastoff (1918-1993), born Samuel Brostofsky, was raised in Cleveland but moved to New York City when he was 17. After serving in the armed forces during World War II, he settled in Los Angeles and worked as a costume designer for 20th Century Fox before starting his own small ceramic business in 1947. His company, Sascha Brastoff Products, opened in 1952. Brastoff's earliest china and earthenware dinner services date from 1954, so your set is not as old as you think. His best-known pink-and-gold pattern is "Surf Ballet." Check the mark on the bottom of your dishes; it can help determine when they were made. Brastoff's earliest mark was his first name, hand-painted. When a new Brastoff factory opened in 1953, a stamped mark was used that includes a rooster and Brastoff's full name. After 1963, the year Brastoff retired, the circled-R registration number was added to the mark. An early complete set of Sascha Brastoff dishes could sell for several hundred dollars.

Q: My grandmother gave us a silver bowl that she got as a gift in the 1950s or '60s. It's 8 1/2 inches in diameter. The bottom is marked with the lion, anchor and old English letter "G" mark used by Gorham. The sides of the bowl are engraved with three initials and the years 1854 and 1904. We're thinking of selling it or recycling it for scrap value. Can you tell us what it's worth?

A: The dates and monogrammed initials on your bowl indicate it probably was made to mark some event, perhaps a 50th anniversary. Silver is always worth at least its meltdown value. If a piece of silver also has sentimental value, families often keep it regardless of the meltdown value. Take the bowl to a jeweler or dealer in gold and silver to find out its minimum value. The price of silver fluctuates, and the value will depend upon the current price of silver, the weight of the bowl, and whether it's solid silver or silver plate. You should get at least meltdown price from an antiques dealer or auction.

Q: I have a complete set of six Gorham silver-plated bronze figural bells. They date from the late 1970s and were sold as limited editions by the Hamilton Collection. The series is titled "Women Who Changed the Course of History." The set includes Catherine the Great, Marie de Medici, Marie Antoinette, Isabella I, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Please tell me the current value of the set.

A: Your bells were part of the fad of limited edition plates, figurines and bells so popular in the 1970s. Each bell sold back then for $75, and 5,000 sets were made. Today you would be lucky to get $200 for the set.

Tip: Put a piece of plastic jewelry under hot water. When the plastic gets warm, smell it. Bakelite smells like formaldehyde, celluloid smells like camphor (mothballs), and Galalith, a 1920s plastic, smells like burnt milk. Lucite does not smell.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Radicon toy bus, antenna, bronze green, remote control, Modern Toys, Japan, box, 1950s, 16 x 9 inches, $210.
  • Donald Duck creamer, lid, ceramic, painted, arms form handle, sailor hat, long-bill spout, c. 1930, 4 inches, 230.
  • Octant, bronze frame, brass scales, triangular, wood case, c. 1865, $355.
  • Trunk, wooden, grain painted, dovetail construction, domed lid, hinged, wrought-iron lock plate, 1800s, 11 x 24 inches, $370.
  • North Dakota School of Mines vase, pottery, green glaze, wheat stalks, incised, Frieda L. Hammers, 1927, 6 x 3 inches, $530.
  • Odd Fellows staff, owl terminal, carved, c. 1830, 71 1/2 inches, $652.
  • Bronze sculpture, Cheyenne warrior charging on horseback, marble base, 22 x 24 inches, $690.
  • Staffordshire platter, America and Independence, castle in center, state banners border, blue transfer, 14 x 16 inches, $1,560.
  • World War I photo album, aviators, planes, barracks, squadrons, 120 photographs, c. 1918, $1,650.
  • Hepplewhite sideboard, mahogany, string inlay, five drawers, three doors, raised legs, c. 1790, 41 x 73 inches, $15,340.

New! Contemporary, modern and midcentury ceramics made since 1950 are among the hottest collectibles today. Our special report, "Kovels' Buyers' Guide to Modern Ceramics: Mid-Century to Contemporary," identifies important pottery by American and European makers. Includes more than 65 factories and 70 studio artists, each with a mark and dates. Works by major makers, including Claude Conover, Guido Gambone, Lucie Rie, as well as potteries like Gustavsberg, Metlox and Sascha Brastoff, are shown in color photos. Find the "sleepers" at house sales and flea markets. Special Report, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 64 pages. Available only from Kovels for $19.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at www.Kovels.com; or mail to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

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Did the auction bidder want this toy because it was made by an American Indian, or made from a collectible blanket, or just because it was a colorful toy? Whatever the reason, it sold for $115 at an Allard auction held last month in Mesa, Ariz.
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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of May 19, 2014

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Monday, 19 May 2014 10:56
A lithographed poster showing two baseball players competing in an 1884 championship game in Boston sold for $15,000 at an Bonhams auction in New York City last month.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Baseball may have been first mentioned in the United States in 1791, when city officials in Pittsfield, Mass., banned playing the game near the town meeting house. Years later, a group of "experts" decided that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday – a decision that is now considered a myth.

Organized baseball started in the United States in 1857, with the formation of the National Association of Base Ball Players – 16 teams from New York – but the first professional teams were listed in 1869.

Any baseball memorabilia from the 19th century is rare. Last month a poster for a championship game in Boston between the Philadelphia Keystones and the Boston Unions in 1884 was auctioned by Bonhams in New York. The poster shows a batter and catcher in proper uniforms as they played on a site that is now Copley Square in downtown Boston. It sold for $15,000.

Q: I own a Victorian gentleman's dresser that's about 70 inches high and 42 inches wide. It has a tall dressing mirror on one side and a smaller shaving mirror on the other side. The dressing mirror pulls out about 9 inches on an extension mount and rotates about 70 degrees in either direction. "Peerless Adjustable Mirror" is stenciled on the back, where there's also a label with six 1890 patent numbers. One of the brackets is embossed "Pat'd Jan. 14, 1890." Can you give me any information about this piece?

A: A dresser like yours was pictured in an ad in an 1891 newspaper. It didn't have the shaving mirror, and was advertised as a "lady's dresser." The ad claimed that the Peerless Adjustable Mirror was the only adjustable mirror made, and it could be adjusted to 16 different positions. A Jan. 14, 1890, patent was one of several patents granted for adjustable mirror supports in 1890. It was granted to David Heald and Charles H. French for "new and useful improvements in mirror supporting and adjusting devices." The tall dresser with the unusual mirrors has very little storage space. The 21st-century buyer wants drawers. Because of its limited usefulness, your dresser is not worth more than $400.

Q: I have a Lalique "Champs Elysees" bowl shaped like two oak leaves. The leaves are frosted, and the base and connecting part are clear. The bowl is 7 1/2 inches high and 18 inches wide, and weighs 21 pounds. How much is it worth?

A: Rene Lalique (1860-1945) began making Art Nouveau glass in Paris in the 1890s. Lalique glass still is being made. Pieces made by Rene were marked with the signature "R. Lalique." Those made from 1945 until 1977 are marked "Lalique France." Newer pieces include the letter "R" in a circle. Your bowl is worth about $1,000 to $2,000. The pattern still is being made.

Q: I have a complete 65-piece set of dinnerware that includes place settings for eight and several serving pieces. The dishes have a wheat pattern in the center and a wide yellow border with gold trim. They're marked "Century Service Corporation, Alliance, Ohio" around a triangle. The words "Semi vitreous dinnerware" are written inside the triangle. Underneath the mark are the words "Autumn Gold." Many people tell me the set of dishes I have is worth money. What do you think?

A: Autumn Gold is the name of your dinnerware's pattern. The dishes were made by Homer Laughlin China Co. and distributed by Century Service Corp., one of several companies owned by Cunningham and Pickett of Alliance, Ohio. Cunningham and Pickett was founded in 1935. It distributed china, glassware, silverware and other items made by other companies. Homer Laughlin made dinnerware for Cunningham and Pickett from 1938 until 1969. You often can find dishes in your pattern for sale online. A five-piece place setting of Autumn Gold sells for about $30, a vegetable bowl for about $20.

Q: I have a teapot that reads "Made in Occupied Japan" on the bottom. Other marks on the bottom look like the letter "G" surrounded by the letters "C" and "U." I have been unable to find any information about the teapot or its marks. I would like to know who made the teapot and what it's worth.

A: The mark on your teapot stands for "UCAGCO." It was used by the United China & Glass Co., an importer located in New York and New Orleans. The company was founded by Abe Mayer in 1850 and originally was called Abe Mayer & Co. The "UCAGCO" mark was first used in the 1930s. UCAGCO was the first company allowed to import goods from Japan after the end of World War II. Items marked "Made in Occupied Japan" were made between 1947 and 1952. The company was later sold to Sammons Enterprises. Your teapot is worth $20 to $30.

Tip: Rhinestone jewelry can be gently cleaned. Use a makeup brush or a cotton swab to remove dust from any crevices. Be careful not loosen the stones. Spray some glass cleaner or denatured alcohol on a soft cloth, not on the jewelry. Rub gently. Do not rinse. Water damages the backing on rhinestones.

Take advantage of a free listing for your group to announce events or to find antique shows, national meetings and other events. Go to the Calendar at Kovels.com to find, publicize and plan your antiquing trips.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Coalbrookdale platter, flowers, gilt scrolls, rococo scalloped rim, lobed, footed, circa 1825, 8 1/2 inches, $80.
  • Royal Bayreuth toothpick holder, shell shape, footed, 3 inches, $150.
  • Baseball pennant, Brooklyn Dodgers, batter, felt, cranberry, yellow, 1940s, 22 inches, $165.
  • Bronze pen rest, tiger head, two wells, Continental, 7 x 4 1/2 inches, $290.
  • Komical Kop toy car, "Beat It," cop at wheel, tin lithograph, windup, Marx, 1920s, 7 3/4 inches, $325.
  • Tiffany Favrile glass vase, green, gold, long neck, leaf-and-vine design, 6 inches, $430.
  • Venetian glass sculpture, aquarium block, two fish, suspended seaweed, Gino Cenedese, 1960s, 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches, $440.
  • Elephant toy, carved teak, articulated, signed Kay Bojesen, Denmark, circa 1950, 5 x 2 inches, pair, $530.
  • Apothecary cabinet, pine, 18 drawers, black knobs, Continental, circa 1900, 20 x 52 inches, $885.
  • Currier & Ives print, "A Good Chance," two men in canoe, frame, 29 x 35 inches, $3,075.

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A lithographed poster showing two baseball players competing in an 1884 championship game in Boston sold for $15,000 at an Bonhams auction in New York City last month.
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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of May 12, 2014

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Monday, 12 May 2014 15:40

A faux bamboo finish was created for this late 19th-century American folding chair. Useful and decorative folding chairs in this style were made using both real or fake bamboo. This chair sold for $180 at Neal Auction Co. sale in New Orleans last year.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Expensive woods like teak or mahogany, marble, stone and other materials used to make expensive furniture are often imitated by a painted surface. Faux finishes have been used since the days of ancient Egypt. The Greeks and Romans admired murals that were examples trompe l'oiel (fool-the-eye) paintings.

Life-size objects on tables, half-open doors, stairways and furnishings included in these paintings looked real. The tradition of faux finishes experienced a resurgence in the 19th century. A major Civil War monument with an interior of pink marble walls was restored a few years ago. It was discovered during the restoration that the monument's walls were actually made of white marble painted with a faux finish that made the wall look like expensive pink marble. No doubt it was done to save money – and it was so well done it fooled the public.

Inexpensive wood used to make furniture has been painted to resemble mahogany, bamboo, teak, bird’s-eye maple or just decorative graining. Tabletops were "improved" with a faux marble finish. Talented artists also painted tops with what looked like multicolored mosaic designs.

Bamboo furniture was the rage in the early 1800s. Bamboo was hard to get in Europe and the United States, so Chinese-style furniture was made with wooden parts shaped like bamboo, then painted with trompe l'oiel graining. The wooden parts were stronger than real bamboo, so the faked parts often were an improvement.

The tradition of painted furniture has continued, and collectors pay a premium for American "grained wood" country pieces made from 1850 until about 1880. But the finish must be original and in good condition.

Q: Can you tell me if the old Franciscan earthenware pattern named Sierra Sand contains lead?

A: Franciscan china was fired at high temperatures and is safe, but you can buy a lead-testing kit at a hardware store or online and test it yourself to see if the glaze contains lead. Lead-free glazes have been required on dinnerware sold in the United States since the 1980s. But glazes may contain some lead and still be considered "lead free," according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. If the pottery was fired at the correct temperature for the right amount of time, the lead fuses to the pottery and does not leach off. While your Franciscan dishes are safe, watch out for any pottery made in Mexico or China, handcrafted pottery, pieces that are highly decorated or have decorations painted over the glaze, and pottery with orange, red or yellow glaze.

Q: An uncle in Ireland gave us an old clock. The inscription on the face of the clock is "Lepaute, Hger Du Roi." It has Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for the minutes. Do you have any idea how old the clock is and what it might be worth?

A: The Lepautes were master clockmakers in the 18th century. Jean-Andre Lepaute (1720-1789) began making clocks in Paris in about 1740. He specialized in large clocks for public installations and invented several improvements to clocks. He was a "Horloger du Roi," a clockmaker to the king, by 1751. His brother, Jean-Baptiste (1727-1802), joined him in business in 1759 and became head after Jean-Andre retired in 1774. After Jean-Baptiste died, his nephews ran the business for several years. Some clocks by Lepaute sell for several thousand dollars. Your clock would need to be seen by an expert to determine its value. A famous 1765 mantel clock has auctioned for $111,462.

Q: My father found a metal Coca-Cola serving tray in the attic of a railroad depot being torn down in Fayette, Mo., in the early 1980s. It has been hanging in my parents' home ever since. I have tried researching it but haven't had any luck. The tray is rectangular and 24 by 34 inches. It has a green border surrounding a red inner border. In the center is a picture of a woman in a white gown wearing a tiara and holding an open black fan. Her right elbow is resting on an elaborate pedestal with flowers on it. The words on the tray are: "Delicious, Refreshing, Drink Coca-Cola, At Fountains 5 cents, In Bottles 5 cents." Can you help?

A: Your tray is a reproduction that dates from the late 1960s or '70s. The woman pictured is Lillian Nordica (1857-1914), a famous American opera singer. Coca-Cola used her image on oval serving trays in 1905. A 1975 tray similar to yours, but with a bottle of Coke on the pedestal was made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of an Atlanta bottler. That tray, with a history printed on the back, sells for about $20 today. Other trays like yours have a glass of Coke on the pedestal. Many authorized and unauthorized reproduction and "fantasy" Coca-Cola trays (a fantasy tray uses an old image but doesn't copy a vintage tray) have been made since the 1970s. They sell for $5 to $75, depending on quality, condition, rarity and whether or not the tray was authorized by the company or a bottler.

Tip: Re-glue a doll's wig with rubber cement. It's removable if you later want to change the wig.

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Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Hull planter, white Siamese cat and kitten at rest, green paws base, 12 inches, $40.
  • Popeye Pez dispenser, blue base, 4 inches, $45.
  • Dog dish, Hudson's Soap ad, cast iron, white, black paint, circa 1910, 16 inches, $155.
  • Capo-de-Monte pitcher, man-on-the-mountain handle, painted cherubs, 16 inches, $210.
  • Old Salt bookends, Cape Cod fishermen, cast iron, painted, Connecticut Foundry Co., 1928, 5 1/2 inches, $210.
  • Neoclassical-style chair, beech, needlepoint upholstery, carved arms and frame, pair, $530.
  • Firehouse toy, wood, painted, faux stone exterior, two stories, two doors, 30 x 37 inches, $565.
  • Music box, Concerta, interchangeable cylinder, burled panel inlay, three cylinders, Ideal, 31 x 16 inches, $595.
  • Tiger-skull smoking set, silver mounting, applied insets, Siam, 10 x 13 inches, $1,295.
  • Keynoil Motor Oil can, metal, White Eagle Oil & Refining Co., 1 gallon, $1,300.

The Kovels have navigated flea markets for decades. Learn from the best. Kovels Flea Market Strategies: How to Shop, Buy and Bargain the 21st Century Way, by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, tells you about the latest smartphone apps and websites to help you shop, share and ship. It also clues you in about what to wear, what to bring and, most important, how to negotiate your way to a bargain. Also find tips on spotting fakes, advice about paying for your purchases, and shipping suggestions. Full-color booklet, 17 pages, 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 in. Available only from Kovels for $7.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at Kovels.com; or mail to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

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A faux bamboo finish was created for this late 19th-century American folding chair. Useful and decorative folding chairs in this style were made using both real or fake bamboo. This chair sold for $180 at Neal Auction Co. sale in New Orleans last year.

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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of May 5, 2014

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Monday, 05 May 2014 12:34

Silver overlay on important pieces of pottery adds greatly to the value. This Rookwood vase with overlay by Gorham sold for $4,375 at a March 2014 auction held at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio American art pottery artists often painted pictures on their vases, pitchers and other pieces. They painted bats, frogs, rabbits, birds and other animals in their natural form, as well as fantasy animals represented as well-dressed humanlike figures.

The marks on these ceramics often indicate the age, company and artist, as well as some other factory information about type of clay or glazes. What better way to suggest the origin, age and value of a piece today.

Robert Bruce Horsfall (1869-1948) was an artist at Cincinnati's Rookwood factory in 1893 when he decorated a Standard Glaze pitcher with pictures of the Toad of Toad Hall from The Wind in the Willows, the 1908 children's classic by Kenneth Grahame. The finished pitcher was then sent to Gorham Manufacturing Co., where it was given a silver overlay. The well-designed piece, with a complete history, sold for $4,375 at a March 2014 Rago Arts auction in Lambertville, N.J., even though it had some minor imperfections.

Q: I have a Lloyd Loom baby carriage that was bought for my dad when he was born in 1924. The inside has been re-covered, but everything else is original and is still in very good condition. It has glass porthole-type windows in the side of the hood, a wooden handle, rubber tires on the wheels and a brake. A metal tag on it reads, "Lloyd Loom Products" and "Method Patented Oct. 16, 1917." Can you tell me approximately when it was built and the current value? It's priceless to me because it was my dad's.

A: Marshall B. Lloyd (1858-1927) was an inventor and manufacturer. He opened Lloyd Manufacturing Co. in Menominee, Mich., in 1907 and began making children's wagons. In 1914 the company began making hand-woven wicker baby carriages. Then in 1917 Lloyd was granted a patent for a method of making a wicker-like material by weaving twisted brown wrapping paper around metal wires. He also invented a loom that wove the material, making the process much faster than weaving by hand. Lloyd Loom fabric is the name of the woven material. In 1919 Lloyd sold the patent for the process to a British furniture manufacturer. Your baby carriage was made between 1917, when the patent was issued, and 1924, the year your father was born. Today these carriages are not considered safe to use with a real baby, so they usually sell to doll collectors or decorators. It's worth about $300.

Q: I have a Coca-Cola serving tray that matches those I have seen online. It's from 1923 and pictures the "Flapper Girl." How can I tell if it's a reproduction or an original?

A: Coca-Cola's early lithographed tin serving trays probably are the most desirable of Coke collectibles. An original 1923 Coca-Cola serving tray is rectangular and measures 13 1/4 inches high by 10 1/2 inches wide. It's worth close to $400 if it's in near-mint condition or better. Of course, most old trays aren't near-mint, so even if yours is old, it probably won't sell for that much. Reproductions of this tray have been made since the 1970s, some even by the Coca-Cola Co. Some reproductions are round or oval, some may be marked with phrases like "Reg. U.S. Patent Office," and some may show a slightly altered image.

Q: I own a pair of barber scissors my father used to cut my hair when I was a boy back in the 1930s. Stamped on them is, "Vogel Bros., Chicago, Ill., E-Z Edge." How old are they and what are they worth?

A: The Vogel family, founders of Vogel Bros., say that the company has been making cutlery for 300 years. Within the past couple of years, Vogel's assets were sold, but family members are involved in the two companies that took over Vogel's assets: Anvil Corp. and Wolfe Industries. Your scissors probably date from the 1920s or '30s. E-Z Edge scissors sell online for $20 to $30.

Q: I have a wooden cigarette machine that once dispensed old packs of cigarettes, like Lucky Strike, for 15 cents. It doubles as a magazine rack. I know it was made sometime between 1929 and 1933. The label on it reads, "Howard Home Humidor, this humidor and its contents are the property of C.B. Howard Co., Inc.," and includes an address in New York. What is its value?

A: Your coin-operated combination cigarette dispenser and magazine rack probably was used in hotel lobbies or other places where a smoker might sit down to read a magazine and have a cigarette. Although it's called a "Home Humidor," it's unlikely someone would have a coin-operated cigarette dispenser in their home. C.B. Howard Co. made at least one other similar dispenser, a combination cigarette machine and end table. These date from about 1931. One sold a year ago for $300.

Tip: Be careful when cleaning bronze figurines, lamp bases, bowls, etc. Never use steel wool, stiff brushes or chemicals.

Need prices for your antiques and collectibles? Find them at Kovels.com, our website for collectors. You can find more than 900,000 prices and more than 11,000 color photographs that help you determine the value of your collectibles. Study the prices. Go to the free Price Guide at Kovels.com. The website also lists publications, clubs, appraisers, auction houses, people who sell parts or repair antiques, upcoming shows and more. Kovels.com adds to the information in this column.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Whiskey jug, The Greybeard, stoneware, black transfer, 8 inches, $95.
  • Paris porcelain pitcher, white-haired woman, period attire, flowers, baluster shape, leaf handle, 9 inches, $188.
  • Party dress, Emilio Pucci, silk, navy, Lord & Taylor, circa 1964, size 14, $270.
  • Paper knife, mother-of-pearl, gilt metal, tapered, Napoleon terminal, 4 1/2 inches, $63.
  • Weller Hudson vase, white flowers, light blue ground, bulbous, loop handles, Mae Timberlake, 8 x 9 inches, $480.
  • Wool-work diorama, bird on branch, fruit, yellow, green, brown, frame, circa 1850, 13 1/2 x 18 inches, $490.
  • Coffee canister, store size, tin, roll-back lid, mirror front, painted, stenciled S.A. Ilsley & Co., Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1890, 20 inches, $750.
  • Stickley Brothers drink table, copper top, round, tapered legs, arched apron, 18 x 28 inches, $1,375.
  • Buck Co. cook stove, Junior No. 4, nickel plating, low shelf, 22 x 16 inches, $2,015.
  • Nantucket basket purse, Jose Formoso Reyes, whalebone plaque, knobs, circa 1960, 7 x 10 inches, $2,240.

"Kovels' A Diary: How to Settle a Collector's Estate." Our new week-by-week record of the settlement of an estate, from your first days gathering legal papers to the last days when you're dividing antiques among heirs and selling everything else-even the house. How to identify pottery, jewelry and other popular collectibles. Tips on where and how to sell furniture, jewelry, dishes, figurines, record albums, bikes and even clothes. We include lots of pictures and prices and explain the advantages of a house sale, auction, selling to a dealer or donating to a charity. Learn about how to handle the special problems of security and theft. Plus a free current supplement with useful websites, auctions lists and other current information. Available only from Kovels for $19.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at Kovels.com; or write to Kovels, P.O. Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

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 Silver overlay on important pieces of pottery adds greatly to the value. This Rookwood vase with overlay by Gorham sold for $4,375 at a March 2014 auction held at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, N.J.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 12:54
 
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