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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Feb. 17, 2014

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Written by TERRY AND KIM KOVEL   
Monday, 17 February 2014 14:50

This 1884 badge is a valuable memento honoring President Abraham Lincoln. The picture of the president is a ferrotype (a photograph, often called a tintype, made on a thin sheet of iron) mounted in a 5/8-by-1/2-inch brass frame hung on an eagle-shaped hanger. The badge could be pinned on a suit or a dress. Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold it for $1,375 in November 2013.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Presidents' Day this year is Feb. 17. It's set by law as the third Monday of February. But it's officially called "Washington's Birthday" by the federal government. George Washington's Birthday, a national holiday, used to be celebrated on Feb. 22. Abraham Lincoln's birthday was Feb. 12 and was not a federal holiday. Washington's Birthday celebration was moved as part of 1971's Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to add more three-day weekends to the annual calendar. The holiday was not officially renamed Presidents' Day because Congress could not agree on changing the name, but the day was said to also honor Lincoln and other presidents. While some states still celebrate individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, most states stick with Presidents' Day even though that's not the holiday's legal name. For many people, the holiday becomes a day off work and one with great sales, especially of new cars. While there are virtually no souvenirs of Presidents' Day, there are many pictures, pieces of pottery, textiles, pieces of furniture, medals, coins, signs and other advertising, sheet music, toys and much more to collect if the memory of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln is your focus.

Q: I have two birthday greeting notes mailed to my father-in-law by President Dwight Eisenhower. They shared the same birthday, Oct. 14. I have one of the franked envelopes the greeting was mailed in, too. The envelope, postmarked Oct. 17, 1967, was mailed from Gettysburg, Pa. Do the greetings have any monetary value? What bothers me is that the Eisenhower signatures on the notes are identical.

A: President Eisenhower sometimes used an autopen to sign his name before, during and after his presidency (1953-1961). If you have two signatures exactly alike, they were no doubt signed by autopen. After Ike left Washington, D.C., he retired to a farm in Gettysburg. If the note with the franked envelope had Eisenhower's real signature, it could be worth more than $400. A note signed by autopen is a nice family souvenir.

Q: We have a wooden filing cabinet that has a flat work surface with two cupboard doors below and drawers above. There are 15 small drawers over six larger drawers with brass plates for labels and a horizontal glass door on top. There is a brass plate on top that says "Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co., Rochester, N.Y." The drawer pulls have a logo with "Y and E" on them. Can you give me an idea of the value of this piece?

A: Philip H. Yawman and Gustav Erbe started working in partnership in 1880. At first they made microscopes, but they soon began manufacturing specialty equipment for other companies. In 1898 they began making and selling office equipment under the name Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Co. The company held several patents for filing systems and other office equipment and was one of the largest producers of office furniture and equipment in the world in the early 1900s. Your filing cabinet would sell for $500 to $800.

Q: While cleaning out a storage area in the home where my husband and his brothers were raised, we found a box of old board games dating back to the 1930s and early '40s. Most are in good shape with all of their pieces. We wonder if they have any value. The games include Monopoly, Dog Race, Touring Auto, Game of Football and Baseball, and some card games like Pit and Rook.

A: Since the games are in good condition and have all their pieces, you have to take a look at their copyright dates and editions – an early date and edition is usually more valuable than later ones. Some games are scarcer than others, too, and a game that relates to football and baseball also appeals to sports collectors. You can find books on collectible games at your library and bookstore. You also can find prices and some photos of collectible games online, including on our website, Kovels.com. And you can join the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors, AGPC.org, which publishes a quarterly newsletter for collectors.

Q: I have an antique chandelier with lots of glass prisms. It is dusty and I am afraid to clean it. Any suggestions?

A: If you are worried about electric shock, turn off the power at the fuse box or breaker panel. A hairdryer set on low heat can sometimes be used to blow away any dust. There are some liquid sprays on the market that are made to clean glass chandeliers. Look for one at a nearby home improvement or hardware store. Follow the directions carefully. The spray drip-dries the glass, and the dirt is gone. If you are brave, you could take a picture of the chandelier, then remove all the prisms and other drops, as well as larger glass globes and parts and carefully load them into the dishwasher to be cleaned on gentle cycle. Use the picture as a guide to putting it all back together. We like to do jobs like this as part of a team because you will need help taking things apart while standing on a ladder. Good luck.

Tip: Bakelite jewelry was cast, not molded, so there are never seams or mold lines.

Take advantage of a free listing for your group to announce events or to find antique shows, national meetings and other events. Go to 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.

  • Depression glass cup, Jane Ray, Fire-King, Jade-ite, $5.
  • Owens Pottery bud vase, gun metal, dimpled, long neck, squat base, 5 3/4 inches, $50.
  • Birdcage, mahogany, green paint, wire, dome top, acorn finial, square, turnip feet, feeders, c. 1820, 14 x 21 inches, $145.
  • Cane, entwined snake, carved, black paint, c. 1890, 35 inches, $150.
  • Pewter porringer, pierced handle, William Calder, 5 inches, $575.
  • Sign, Pontiac Goodwill Used Cars, feather Indian logo, round, two-sided, tin, die cut, 42 inches, $765.
  • Fan, ivory, ladies holding doves, oval cartouche, c. 1800, 10 inches, $770.
  • Alabaster lamp, domed top, removable shade, spiral finial, stepped acanthus base, electrified, 70 inches, $1,700.
  • Baroque chest, walnut, inlay, 3 drawers, pilasters, bracket feet, Italy, c. 1690, 42 x 45 inches, $1,875
  • Water sprinkler, Loetz, Phanomen genre, gold, pulled silver designs, 4 1/2 x 9 inches, $3,750.

"Kovels' A Diary: How to Settle a Collector's Estate" is 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.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This 1884 badge is a valuable memento honoring President Abraham Lincoln. The picture of the president is a ferrotype (a photograph, often called a tintype, made on a thin sheet of iron) mounted in a 5/8-by-1/2-inch brass frame hung on an eagle-shaped hanger. The badge could be pinned on a suit or a dress. Heritage Auctions of Dallas sold it for $1,375 in November 2013.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:50
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Feb. 10, 2014

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Monday, 10 February 2014 14:31

This inexpensive valentine was made in the 1920s. The words and the clothing are clues to its date. It is printed on a thin piece of paper 6 1/2 by 5 inches, not a size that would fit in today's standard envelope.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – The history of valentines can be traced back to St. Valentine, who died a martyr. A feast was named for him by the Catholic Church in the year 496. Other historical or legendary sources to the holiday mention two other men named Valentine, a suggestion that the holiday descended from a Roman fertility fest, and references to the Duke of Orleans' letter in the 15th century that is considered the first valentine.

Then in the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the first mention of love and Valentine's Day. The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1477.

Now skip forward to the modern holiday and verifiable facts. By 1797, valentine cards were being homemade of paper, ribbons and lace. In 1874, Esther Howland (1824-1904) of Worcester, Mass., was the first American to make valentines to sell commercially. Soon valentines – some of them comic – were being mass-produced by companies in the style of the day, although handmade folk art cards remained popular. Very lacey, fancy valentines were favored by the 1880s.

"Vinegar Valentines" with insulting verses, also known as "Penny Dreadfuls," were popular by 1900. And from 1900 to 1930, postcards, pop-ups and mechanical valentines were fashionable. The 1930s to 1980s saw sets of printed cards to be cut out and given to each child in a classroom. And by 1975, there were cards that could play music. Save any clever cards you get this year and start a collection of old ones. Good examples still can be found.

Q: I inherited my grandmother's doll-size rocking chair, which has been in our family for years. It's made of a dark wood and is just 16 inches high. The back and seat are made of one continuous piece of thin wood attached to the frame with brass tacks. The back has a punched-hole design that includes the word "Pet" in capital letters and the letter "Y." The seat has a punched square with a star in a circle inside it. Can you tell me who made this chair and how old it is?

A: Your chair was made by Gardner & Co., which was founded in Clarksville, N.J., in 1863. Gardner was granted several patents for improvements to chair seats and frames. Chairs with perforated plywood seats were made in full size, child size and doll size. The "Pet" chair also was made in a nonrocking version. The company was in business until about 1888, when the factory burned down. Your chair was made between 1871 and 1888. The value of your doll-size chair is $100 to $125.

Q: Back in the early 1940s, my in-laws received two prints of hummingbirds as a wedding gift. They left the prints to us and I would like to learn more about them. The words on the back of each print are in French, but I can translate some of the words. They include the names of the pictured birds (one is a bearded hummingbird and the other has a forked tail) and the name of the publisher, Arthus-Bertrand. What can you tell us about the prints?

A: Arthus-Bertrand, which still is in business in Paris, was founded by Claude Arthus-Bertrand in 1803. Today it sells all sorts of jewelry, medals and decorations. Back in the early 1830s, however, Arthus-Bertrand published a book titled The Natural History of Hummingbirds, by Rene Primevere Lesson, a French ornithologist and naturalist. The book included engraved prints of hummingbirds. The book's prints are identified on the bottom of each page, not on the back like your prints. So it is likely your prints are later copies of the prints in the book.

Q: I have a Simmons Wonder ice-cream maker that has been in my family for years. It makes one cup of ice cream. In 1924, when my mother was 6 years old, she was run over by a Model T and was in a body cast for a few weeks. During her recovery, her grandmother made ice cream for her in this ice-cream maker. Can you tell me anything about it?

A: Edward Simmons was a hardware salesman who started his own wholesale hardware company in St. Louis in 1872. The company was incorporated as Simmons Hardware Co. in 1874. Simmons sold thousands of tools and hardware items through catalog sales and was the first to issue catalogs with color photos. Wonder was one of the lines carried by the company. Its best-known brand was Keen Kutter, a name still in use. Simmons Hardware was bought by A.F. Shapleigh Hardware Co. in 1940. The value of your ice-cream maker is about $200.

Q: I recently found my grandfather's old autograph book. He was good friends with the comedians Lou Costello and Bud Abbott. The book includes their autographs as well as those of several sports figures, including Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Jimmy Braddock, Joe DiMaggio and several others. I think some of them go back to the early 1920s. What do you think these are worth?

A: The value of an autograph depends on how famous the person is and how rare the autograph is. If the celebrity or sports star rarely signed autographs, they will be harder to find today and worth more. Autographs can sell for only a few dollars or for hundreds of dollars or more. A Babe Ruth autograph sold at auction recently for more than $1,000. Autographs of famous sports stars appeal to collectors of sports memorabilia as well as to autograph collectors. If you are thinking of selling your grandfather's autograph book, you should contact auction houses that specialize in autographs or sports memorabilia to learn more about pricing.

Tip: The edges of a cut glass piece should be of even thickness, and smooth rims should be polished if the piece has not been repaired by grinding off any damaged section.

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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.

  • Cut glass bowl, branch and leaf, engraved, Sinclaire, American brilliant, 8 3/4 inches, $50.
  • Donald Duck riding trike, "Mickey's Delivery" cart, tin litho, friction, Linemar, 6 inches, $180.
  • Grueby vase, green matte glaze, buds, tapered, circa 1900, 4 x 3 1/2 inches, $190.
  • Scrimshaw, whale's tooth, flowering plant, 1800s, 5 inches, $265.
  • American Indian vase, Acoma, brown, white, geometrics, double strap handle, 8 inches, $265.
  • Gaudy Dutch cup plate, double rose, circa 1820, 3 1/2 inches, $295.
  • Coffee mill, Star Mill, cast iron, red paint, commercial, 32 x 19 3/4 inches, $345.
  • Sterling-silver dish, hammered, scalloped petal shape, Galt and Bro., circa 1965, 10 inches, $415.
  • Currier & Ives print, The American fireman, always ready, hand-colored, frame, 1858, medium folio, $780.
  • Arts & Crafts table, oak, paneled base, dentil border top, circa 1920, 33 x 34 inches, $1,750.

Keep up with changes in the collectibles world. Send for a free sample issue of our 12-page, color-illustrated newsletter, "Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles," filled with prices, news, information and photos, plus major articles and opinions about the world of collecting. An important tool for anyone who buys or sells antiques and collectibles. To subscribe at a bargain $27 for 12 issues, write Kovels, P.O. Box 8534, Big Sandy, TX 75755; call 800-829-9158; or subscribe online at KovelsOnlineStore.com.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This inexpensive valentine was made in the 1920s. The words and the clothing are clues to its date. It is printed on a thin piece of paper 6 1/2 by 5 inches, not a size that would fit in today's standard envelope.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:50
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Feb. 3, 2014

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Monday, 03 February 2014 11:06
Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Hunting for treasures seems to be an inborn trait. Perhaps it's from the need of the caveman to search, find food and store some for later use. For centuries, the very rich surrounded themselves with expensive art and artifacts to impress each other and "the peasants."

Today, many people enjoy collecting a variety of things, like costume jewelry, bottles, tools, prints, pottery, 1950s furniture, advertising and sports and political items. Sometimes the best information about collections comes from the clubs and publications devoted to the subject.

One subcategory of advertising we recently noticed are talcum powder tins, since lawsuits related to talcum powder have been in the news recently. Talc is a mineral. It absorbs moisture, and in powdered form it has been used for centuries to keep skin dry. Some natural talc contains asbestos, which can be dangerous to health, so since the 1970s the talcum powder sold in stores has been processed to be asbestos-free.

Collectors like old talcum powder tins because of their clever designs made to attract buyers. Tins were decorated with images of babies, flowers, nursery-rhyme figures and clever graphics. Egyptian talcum powder made by Palmolive was in a tin that looks like an Egyptian column. Mennen's early tins feature a seated baby that we are told was actually the brand owner's child. A 1964 can of Beatles "Margo of Mayfair" talc has a drawing of the four Beatles. Look for tins by Watkins, Colgate, Johnson, Caswell-Massey and other major brands, and also brands from other countries or long-gone companies. Prices range from $10 to about $150 for most tins offered online, but the rarest and most beautiful may cost as much at $800.

Q: About 40 years ago, I bought an oak lawyer's rotary desk at auction. It was in awful condition, having been used in the office of a grain elevator for many years. I refinished it and used it as my office desk for many years. One side section of the desk swivels and the other side has a large drawer for files. Pasted inside one of the small drawers is a form for ordering accessory items from the E.H. Stafford Desk Co. of Muskegon, Mich. Any history?

A: The E.H. Stafford Co. was founded in 1890 and was reincorporated as E.H. Stafford Manufacturing Co. in 1904. The company made school, church and office furniture as well as opera chairs. It was in business until at least the 1920s. Because it's an interesting desk, it probably would sell for $500 to $700.

Q: I'm trying to find information about my old copper barrel. It's stamped "Lippincott, 8 gal." and "916 Filbert St." It also has an eagle on it and the abbreviation "Phila." Can you tell me who made the barrel and how old it might be?

A: Several members of the Lippincott family ran a business at this Filbert Street address from 1832 until about 1911. John and Charles Lippincott of Philadelphia made special copper machinery before expanding into the production of soda water, syrups and equipment for carbonating water. Charles took over the business from John, his older brother, in 1865. He made ornate soda fountains with multiple spigots for different flavors. Charles Lippincott & Co. joined with three other companies to form the American Soda Fountain Co., a trust designed to monopolize soda fountain manufacturing, in 1891. When Charles retired, his sons A.H. and F.H. Lippincott took over the business. They withdrew from the American Soda Fountain Co. in 1907 and moved to a different address in about 1911. By 1916 the company was no longer making soda fountains. Your copper bucket was made before 1911.

Q: I have about 100 different-colored airplane cards that were packaged in Wings cigarettes during World War II. They picture U.S. and Royal Air Force warplanes with identification and other information on the back. The cards are 2 by 2 1/2 inches. What are they worth?

A: Wings cigarettes were first made by Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. of Louisville, Ky., in 1929. The company sponsored a radio show called "Wings of Destiny" from 1940 to 1942, and the cards were issued as premiums in cigarette packs during those years. They are part of a series called "Modern American Airplanes." There were three sets of cards with 50 cards in each set. The company originally intended to issue just one set, but later decided to issue two more. The sets are labeled A, B or C, although not all of the first set had a letter code. Cards from the first set are harder to find than those from later sets. The cards, in good condition, sell for about $1 to $2 each today.

Q: I have a leather card case marked "Wilro Shop." Can you tell me something about the maker and possible age of the case?

A: The Wilro Shop was founded in 1902 by sisters Rose and Minnie Dolese of Chicago. They made leather and metal goods, dower and wardrobe chests, pottery and other items. Tooled purses, card cases, desk sets and illuminated leather book covers were decorated in the Arts and Crafts style popular at the time.

Tip: Don't ignore vintage transistor radios (1955-1963) if you see them at house sales or flea markets. Collector interest in all kinds of radios is growing and the supply of old radios is shrinking.

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 photos that help you determine the value of your collectibles. Study the prices. It's free at Kovels.com. Our website also lists publications, clubs, appraisers, auction houses, people who sell parts or repair antiques, antique 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.

  • Sterling-silver ladle, Mechanic Sterling Co., 8 3/4 inches, $180.
  • Federal stand, cherry, maple, drawer, scrolled legs, 28 x 19 inches, $180.
  • B.O. Plenty walker toy, holding baby and gift, tin lithograph, clockwork, 9 inches, $210.
  • Redware pitcher, applied hearts, scrolls, Pennsylvania, 1800s, 5 1/4 inches, $595.
  • Madame Alexander Wendy bride doll, plastic, walker, garter, veil, white gown, box, 18 inches, $225.
  • Sampler, alphabet, urn, flowers, butterflies, strawberry border, silk, linen, Caroline Malilda, age 8, 1835, frame, 19 x 13 1/2 inches, $300.
  • Dog doorstop, seated, leash, collar, locket, stoneware, brown mottled, Albany slip glaze, circa 1890, 9 1/2 inches, $430.
  • Bohemian pottery vase, amethyst, iridescent, wavy rim, bulbous base, Rindskopf, 7 x 14 inches, $440.
  • Magnifier, tabletop, figural, nude girl, kneeling, reflecting pool, bronze, 3 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches, $525.
  • Empire-style table, mahogany, gilt metal mounts, round, tri-part base, 18 3/4 x 33 inches, $1,000.

Keep up with changes in the collectibles world. Send for a free sample issue of our 12-page, color-illustrated newsletter, "Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles," filled with prices, news, information and photos, plus major articles and opinions about the world of collecting. An important tool for anyone who buys or sells antiques and collectibles. To subscribe at a bargain $27 for 12 issues, write Kovels, P.O. Box 8534, Big Sandy, TX 75755; call 800-829-9158; or subscribe online at KovelsOnlineStore.com.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE
Cadette Borated Baby Talc was sold in this 7 3/8-inch-tall tin. The yellow and gray tin was used by Cadette Products Co. of Rutherford, N.J. It sold for $184 at a 2013 auction held by William Morford of Cazenovia, N.Y.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:50
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Jan. 27, 2014

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Written by TERRY KOVEL   
Monday, 27 January 2014 13:19

This Federal worktable probably was made in the early 19th century in Vermont. It sold for $3,900 at a Skinner auction in Boston in October.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Sewing was as important as cooking in centuries past. The most valuable things in an 18th-century American home were linens, bedcovers and drapes. The wealthy could import fabrics from Europe. The average family made their own fabric. They raised sheep or plants, sheared the sheep or harvested the plants, and went through many steps to make thread, color it and weave it into cloth. Then the cloth had to be cut and sewn into clothing or household items.

So it is not surprising that the sewing supplies in a well-to-do home were stored in a special sewing worktable in the main room. The women of the household could take out the fabric and sew whenever there was time. It often was a winter job done while sitting near a fireplace. Most sewing stands looked like small tables and stood about 28 inches high, the height of a desk. There was a drawer to hold sewing tools, needles, thread, scissors and measuring tape. Many were made with a large fabric bag hanging below the drawer, accessible when the top of the table was lifted. It is a form not seen in the average 20th-century home, so when the bag is missing from a table, collectors may not realize they're looking at a sewing table with a missing part.

An October 2013 Skinner auction offered an early 19th-century sewing table missing its original bag. The maple and mahogany worktable with an attractive patterned top sold for $3,900.

Q: I have a 14-piece set of kitchen canisters that are the color of mother-of-pearl. They're decorated with gold trim and red roses. There are six large canisters labeled Coffee, Rice, Oatmeal, Flour, Sugar and Tea; six smaller canisters for spices labeled Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice and Pepper; and two cruets labeled Oil and Vinegar. The marks on the bottom are "Ditmar Urbach" above a star, the letter "Z," an image of a wing and "Made in Czechoslovakia." When were they made and how much are they worth?

A: The mother-of-pearl glaze on your set was popular in the 1920s. Sets like yours sell for about $200 to $400. The pottery where your set was made was founded in 1882 as Brothers Urbach in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia, Austria (now Trnovany, Czech Republic). In 1919 it merged with Ditmar and became Ditmar-Urbach. It was taken over by the Nazis in 1938 and became Ostmark-Ceramics AG

Q: My mother bought a beautiful American Character doll for my ninth birthday in 1932. The doll's eyes open and close and her mouth is open in a smile that shows her teeth. She can't say "Mama" anymore, but other than that she is in fine shape. Can you tell me her present value?

A: The American Character Doll Co. was founded in New York City in 1919. The company made baby dolls, toddler dolls, mama dolls and other dolls in several sizes. The dolls were made of composition, rubber or hard plastic. American Character dolls were high-end dolls with well-made clothes. Although they sold for only a few dollars in the 1920s and '30s, they were expensive at the time. The company's best years were in the 1950s and early '60s when its Betsy McCall and Tiny Tears dolls were so popular. American Character Doll Co. went out of business in 1968 and its molds were sold to Ideal. It's impossible to suggest a value for your doll without knowing exactly which American Character doll you have. But the loss of its voice lowers the value. American Character dolls sell for prices from under $100 to a high of a few hundred dollars.

Q: What is a "Mickey Mouse" telephone insulator? I keep getting that reference when I check online for Mickey Mouse collectibles.

A: Most telephone insulators, the glass pieces at the top of telephone poles that hold the wires, have rounded tops. A few varieties have protruding pieces that make the insulator look like a silhouette of Mickey Mouse's head. The protruding pieces look like large ears. Because the name and shape are unusual, these insulators are popular with collectors.

Q: I have a heavy brass letter opener marked "Harlow, Breed & Cooley Wool, 184 Summer St., Boston." Does it have any value?

A: Harlow, Breed & Cooley were wool dealers in Boston from about 1912 until about 1926. Advertising letter openers made of brass sell for under $20 to over $100, depending on the design.

Q: I paid $50 for a hanging scale I bought at a yard sale. The scale says, "Pelouze Mfg. Co., Makers, Chicago, USA, patent pending." It can weigh items up to 20 pounds. Can you tell me its possible value?

A: William N. Pelouze founded Pelouze Scale and Manufacturing Co. in Chicago in 1894. The company made several different kinds of scales. It eventually was bought by Rubbermaid, which was bought by Newell Co. in 1999. Pelouze scales are now being made by Newell Rubbermaid. The price of a collectible is what someone will pay for it. You paid $50 for the scale, so it was worth that much to you. Other similar scales have sold for $35 to $60.

Tip: Put ceramic saucers or glass or plastic plant holders under vases of flowers or potted plants to protect your furniture. You can buy inexpensive throwaway plastic dishes that have a rim and are exactly the right size and shape for a planter.

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.

  • Clifton Pottery teapot, Indian Ware, low lines, 2 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches, $25.
  • Spool holder, tiger maple, carved, cutouts, cast iron, 7 1/2 x 9 inches, $120.
  • Sterling-silver dish, Windsor pattern, lobed body, Reed & Barton, circa 1940, 8 1/2 inches, $215.
  • Whirligig, wooden, painted, man, green jacket, metal rod, circa 1905, 18 inches, $250.
  • Toy Heinz truck, pressed steel, white paint, Metal Craft, 12 inches, $300.
  • Peachblow rose bowl, tri-fold, Mount Washington Art Glass Society sticker, 3 1/2 inches, $375.
  • Tin shield, stars, stripes, red, white & blue paint, scalloped top, 17 1/2 x 14 inches, $600.
  • Synagogue wall hanging, 10 Commandments in Hebrew & English, silk embroidery, circa 1920, 24 x 34 inches, $625.
  • Corner cupboard, walnut, glass door, two panel doors, Pennsylvania, circa 1800, 82 x 41 inches, $650.
  • Store sign, top hat, sheet tin, red paint, silvered buckle and band, circa 1820, 12 x 19 inches, $1,185.

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This Federal worktable probably was made in the early 19th century in Vermont. It sold for $3,900 at a Skinner auction in Boston in October.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 12:50
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Jan. 20, 2014

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Monday, 20 January 2014 11:47
Esmeralda, the vintage fortune-0teller, will nod, turn her head, move her jaws and hands and even blink. An Esmeralda machine was offered at two different 2013 auctions, but she did not attract a high enough bid to sell. Photo courtesy of DuMouchelles, Detroit. BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Fortune-tellers have been popular for centuries. In the United States, many 20th-century amusement parks had fortune-teller machines that enticed customers. Put a coin (or, in later years, a dollar bill) in the slot, and the life-size figure in the glass-fronted booth nodded and moved mouth, hands and even eyes while giving you a card telling your future.

The most famous fortune-teller machine is the 100-year-old Zoltar, the exotic figure featured in the movie "Big." He turned a boy into a grown-up Tom Hanks. But many machines featured female gypsy fortune tellers dressed in appropriate clothes. The most famous of these is Esmeralda, a machine that has been made by several manufacturers, many of them unknown, since the early 1900s. An Esmeralda even sits on Main Street in Disneyland. She moves, hands out a fortune card and then winks. The rarest fortune-telling machine known today was discovered in a restaurant in Virginia City, Mont., about seven years ago. It's about 100 years old and spoke to you in a 100-year-old voice if you inserted a coin. The machine is said to be worth more than $2 million. Vintage fortune-teller machines sell for thousands of dollars. New ones are being made today and can cost $9,000 or more.

Q: I was given a child's rocking chair more than 40 years ago. I would like to know more about it. It's stamped "Gardner's Patent, May 21, 1872." It is wood with brass tacks and has holes in the seat in a pattern of a star in a circle. Can you tell me something about the maker, age and value?

A: Gardner & Co. was in business from 1863 to 1888 in Clarksville (now Glen Gardner), N.J. The company made several types of plywood chairs. George Gardner held the patent for a plywood seat made of a layer of canvas and three layers of veneer running in opposite directions. Value of your child's rocking chair is $150 to $200.

Q: I have eight place settings of Stangl Pottery's Thistle pattern dishes, plus serving pieces. Can you tell me how old they are and what they're worth?

A: Stangl Pottery of Flemington and Trenton, N.J., was originally named Fulper Pottery. The name of the pottery was changed to Stangl Pottery in 1929, three years after Johann Stangl became president of the company. The pottery was sold in 1972 and closed in 1978. Stangl made Thistle pattern from 1951 to 1967. Your set probably is worth about half of what similar new sets sell for today.

Q: I have an Aladdin lamp that has been in our family for generations. The knob on the burner is marked "Mantle Lamp Co., Nu-Type, Model B, Aladdin, patents pending, Made in U.S.A., Chicago, Ill." It has a green glass shade with a landscape design on it. I'd like to know more about it and how old it is.

A: The Mantle Lamp Co. of America was founded by Victor Johnson in 1908. The company trademarked the name "Aladdin" that same year. In 1926 Johnson bought a glass factory and began manufacturing glass lamps, shades and chimneys. His lamps were sold by traveling salesmen. Although electricity was common in cities, there were still many rural homes without it, and kerosene lamps continued to sell well. Nu-Type burners were first made in 1932. Model B burners were introduced in 1933 and were made until 1955. The Mantle Lamp Co. merged with Aladdin Industries, a subsidiary, in 1949. The lamp division was sold to a group of investors in 1999 and became the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Co., which still is in business in Clarksville, Tenn. Your lamp was made between 1933 and 1949, when the company merged with Aladdin Industries and moved to Tennessee. Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light is a club for collectors of Aladdin lamps. The club's website, AladdinKnights.org, can give you more information about Aladdin lamps.

Q: Would you please tell me the value of a plastic model set of a Borax 20-Mule Team? We have an unassembled one we mailed away for when we were kids in the mid 1960s. The wagons are light blue and the animals black. There's also a paper insert that explains the history of the 20-Mule Team.

A: Unassembled sets like yours sell for about $20. They aren't rare. Apparently a lot of kids mailed away for the sets and never put them together. The cleaning brand named 20 Mule Team Borax dates back to 1891 and was named for the teams of 18 mules and two horses that pulled wagons of borax (sodium borate) out of California's Death Valley in the 1880s. Today, the brand is owned by Dial.

Q: My father served in the British army in World War I. I have his camera and case in excellent condition. Please tell me what the camera is worth and any other information you might have.

A: The value of an old camera depends on the maker. You can find information by searching online or by going to your local library. If you don't know the model number of your camera, look at photos of vintage cameras by that maker and try to find one like it. If you check values online, remember that the asking price may be higher than what the camera eventually sells for.

Tip: Do not wrap or store scrapbooks in anything made of PVC rigid or flexible plastic.

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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.

  • Bing & Grondahl oyster-shell dish, seagull on blue sky inside shells, Fanny Garde, Denmark, c. 1948, 3 x 3 1/2 inches, $20.
  • Mary Gregory vase, shouldered, lime green, painted children, 8 1/2 inch pair, $75.
  • Flow Blue shelf clock, pink flowers, blue and gilt shaped border, pendulum, key, 12 1/2 inches, $210.
  • Horn & Hardart advertising sign, "Plenty of Eggs, Coconut Custard Pie," frame, c. 1950, 28 x 22 inches, $375.
  • Demijohn bottle, blown, amber, applied lip, 1900s, 20 inches, $380.
  • Tiffany Favrile glass bowl, gold, green, scalloped rim, ribbed, 7 inches, $390.
  • Pewter porringer, pierced handle, Samuel Danforth, c. 1805, 4 1/4 inches, $415.
  • Trencher, wooden, green painted exterior, mid 1800s, 4 x 20 inches, $470.
  • Candlestand, tiger maple, circa 1850, 27 x 21 inches, $625.
  • Silver ewer, leaves, mythological figures, Walker & Hall, England, c. 1945, 14 inches, $2,815.

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Esmeralda, the vintage fortune-0teller, will nod, turn her head, move her jaws and hands and even blink. An Esmeralda machine was offered at two different 2013 auctions, but she did not attract a high enough bid to sell. Photo courtesy of DuMouchelles, Detroit.
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 13:27
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Jan. 13, 2014

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Monday, 13 January 2014 15:32

This porcelain cane handle must have been used carefully to remain unbroken for over 100 years. The woman figure was made by the Meissen porcelain factory of Germany. It sold for $800 at an October 2013 Cowan's auction in Cincinnati.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Canes were used not only to aid in walking, but also as part of European and American fashionable dress in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many canes had an extra function, too.

Some held swords, guns, flasks, telescopes, cameras, fans, seats, perfume, poison, drugs or hidden papers. Many had silver, gold or jeweled handles or even handles that were modeled heads of presidential candidates. Elegant but fragile handles were made of porcelain. In the late 19th century, the famous Meissen porcelain factory in Germany made elaborate cane handles that look like small figurines. They were shaped to be easy to hold and carried, but would break if dropped or hit. Few of these cane handles have survived, and they often are sold without the cane shaft.

A three-quarter figure of a woman extending into a curved cane handle was auctioned by Cowan's Auctions of Cincinnati in October 2013. The handle, with Meissen's blue crossed-swords mark inside, sold for $800.

Q: I own an old wooden desk with a flip-down top hiding several pigeonholes. A paper sticker on the back reads "Maddox Tables." Please tell me something about the maker and the desk's value.

A: Maddox Table Co. was founded in Jamestown, N.Y., in 1898 by English immigrant William Maddox. He had invented several furniture-making and finishing machines before he started his own company. The company made tables, desks, secretaries and other case furniture. The company was sold in 1919 and again in 1978. It closed in the mid-1980s. Your desk, if in good condition, is worth $400 or so.

Q: I have an 8-by-10-inch painting by A.E. Hayes. I have been told that it's an example of "tin foil art." It's in a very old frame and the back is sealed with old tape. If I remove the tape, I'm likely to ruin the painting. Can you tell me how this painting was done?

A: Your painting is a piece of "tinsel art," which is a form of reverse painting on glass. It was popular from about 1850 to 1890. Most tinsel paintings were of flowers. The painting was done in reverse order. Flowers or other foreground details were painted on the glass first and then the background was painted. Pieces of crumpled foil were added to unpainted parts of the picture. Then the picture was framed with the clear glass in front, the foil in the back. The picture was backed with cloth or paper and sealed with a piece of cardboard or thin wood. When the painting was hung, the foil glimmered in the glow of candlelight or gas light. Most tinsel pictures were done by young women for their own homes. Perhaps A.E. Hayes was one of these women. Good early tinsel paintings sell for $100 to $500, depending on size, subject and condition.

Q: I inherited an old cider press from my uncle. Stenciling on it reads, "The Higganum Mfg. Corporation Manufacturers, Higganum, Conn., USA." It still works. We made cider with it the other day. Can you tell me anything about its history and value?

A: Higganum Manufacturing Co. was founded by brothers George and Thomas Clark in 1867. The company made cider mills, wine presses, lard presses, wagon jacks and agricultural equipment. It was incorporated by about 1880. In 1892, the company was renamed Clark Cutaway Harrow, after its most successful product. Several of the factory buildings burned down in 1914, but the company continued to operate for several more years. The rest of the property was sold in 1942. Your cider press was probably made in about 1880, before the company name was changed. Value: About $100.

Q: When I was a boy, my grandfather gave me a violin he said was very valuable because it was a genuine "Mittenwald." Stamped inside the instrument it reads, "Joan Carol Kloz, in Mittenwald, An. 1788." I searched the Internet and found that Johann Carol Klotz (1709-1769) was a violin maker in Mittenwald. However, the names are spelled differently on my violin and the date doesn't fit. What do you think? Is this a valuable violin?

A: Millions of violins supposedly made by famous German makers are fakes made in the early 1900s. Authentic old violins are rare. Several members of the Klotz family made violins in Mittenwald, which has been known for its violin makers since the late 17th century. The date on your violin is a problem since Joan (Johann) died in 1769. To find out if your violin is authentic, first show it to a professional violinist and ask if it appears to be a fine old violin. Then have a reputable musical instrument dealer or appraiser look at it. You will have to pay for an appraisal, but authentic old violins made by members of the Klotz family are rare and sell for thousands of dollars.

Tip: From 1954 to 1963, an American radio had a small triangle or circle on the dial between the 6 and 7 and 12 and 16. It was a Civil Defense mark.

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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.

  • Hampshire Pottery bud vase, brown glaze, asymmetrical handles, circa 1900, 6 x 3 inches, $90.
  • Kalo silver pin, geometric cutout design, aqua stone, marked, 1 1/2 inches, $345.
  • Paper fan, figures and landscape, hand-painted, gilt, silver, ivory, box, France, circa 1700s, 11 inches, $420.
  • Pottery vase, blue, gray drip matte glaze, bulbous, signed "F. Carlton Ball," midcentury, 7 x 8 1/ 2 inches, $440.
  • Independence Hall bank, cast iron, red paint, 9 inches, $475.
  • Mortimer Snerd walker, tin lithograph, clockwork, Marx, box, 8 1/2 inches, $530.
  • Writing table, George III style, mahogany, drawer-fitted backsplash, lower drawer, 36 x 43 inches, $565.
  • Sterling silver fruit basket, openwork flowers, scrolling, swing handle, footed, F.M. Whiting, circa 1915, 4 x 14 inches, $940.
  • Jumeau doll, bisque head, paperweight eyes, mohair wig, jointed, composition, 10 1/2 inches, $3,620.
  • Lollipop penny scale, cast iron, porcelain face, claw feet, Mills Novelty Co., 15 x 69 x 24 inches, $4,500.

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This porcelain cane handle must have been used carefully to remain unbroken for over 100 years. The woman figure was made by the Meissen porcelain factory of Germany. It sold for $800 at an October 2013 Cowan's auction in Cincinnati.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 13:26
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Jan. 6, 2014

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Monday, 06 January 2014 14:00
A painted iron cutout of a sailor holding a telescope makes an unusual weather vane. It may have been meant to be Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Blue, white, yellow and black paint remains on both sides. Photo courtesy of Cowan's Auctions Inc.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – If you can't afford a rooster or running deer weather vane, or any other 19th-century weather vane made by an important company, you might be able to find a homemade example. Most folk-art collectors consider all weather vanes, commercially made or homemade, to be folk art.

Prices are highest for the most elaborate 3-D vanes by known makers. Homemade vanes often are cut from sheets of iron to look like silhouettes of deer, men, animals, birds, cars, trains, Indians, flags or occupational examples, like a photographer with a camera or a sailor with a telescope. It is difficult to date a homemade weathervane. Collectors pay the highest auction prices for good design, unusual subjects, good paint and old patina. Bullet holes, missing paint and dents don't seem to lower the value if the cutout is unusual, perhaps a 1930s car or a large and artistic whale. Some homemade vanes sell for thousands of dollars, but others might turn up at your local yard sale or flea market. Whirligig weather vanes, often of wood, also are going up in price. Horses, roosters and eagles are the most popular shapes today and, unfortunately, often are the most reproduced.

Always look in the backyard, in the garage and up at the roof when going to an estate or house sale. Buyers often overlook outdoor folk art.

Q: Years ago, I was given a very heavy glass vase. It's 6 inches high by 4 1/2 inches wide and is made of black cased glass within clear glass. The etched mark on the bottom is "Kosta 1556/046." I'm wondering what the vase is worth.

A: The Kosta glassworks factory in Sweden dates back to 1742. Its name is a combination of the last names of the two founders, Koskull and Stael. Kosta manufactured only window glass, glass for light fixtures and drinking glasses until the late 1890s, when it hired its own designers and started making art glass. Glass artist Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983), who had previously worked at Orrefors, was Kosta's artistic director from 1950 to 1973. During Lindstrand's tenure, model numbers starting with a "1" were "production vases" made in large quantities. The number 1556 on your vase probably is the model number. Kosta merged with Boda and Afors in 1976 and became Kosta Boda, so it's likely your vase was made before 1976. In 1989 Kosta Boda merged with Orrefors and was renamed Orrefors Kosta Boda. Then, in 2005, the company was sold to the New Wave Group, which closed the Orrefors factory and today uses only the Kosta Boda label. While your vase may not be rare or extremely valuable, it still is a good piece of Swedish art glass.

Q: Could you tell me the value of a set of dining-room furniture made by American of Martinsville? The walnut set, which was purchased new in 1942, includes a table, six chairs, sideboard, china cabinet and hutch.

A: American of Martinsville was founded in 1906 in Martinsville, Va. It made only bedroom sets until the 1920s, when it introduced dining-room sets. The most valuable American of Martinsville vintage dining room sets today are in the Danish Modern style, which didn't become popular in the United States until the 1950s. Still, if your set is in good shape, you could sell it locally (so shipping costs aren't involved) for several hundred dollars.

Q: I have two child-size glass root beer mugs from the 1960s. They are each 3 inches high. One is stamped "A&W Root Beer" with a circular design. The other has a red printed design that says "Dog n Suds" and pictures a dog holding a tray. I remember my dad getting me a kid-size root beer in them. Do you think they're worth something?

A: The first A&W drive-in restaurant opened in Sacramento, Calif., in 1923. The company name is based on the initials of the owners, Roy Allen and Frank Wright. The first Dog n Suds opened in Champaign, Ill., in 1953. Most advertising glasses from restaurants and fast-food chains don't sell for much money because they were issued in large quantities and are easy to find. If a mug's design is unusual and the mug was issued in limited quantity, it might be of interest to collectors. Common glasses like yours sell for as low as $1 to $5.

Q: We are looking for information about an item that's hanging on a wall in a restaurant in Doon, Iowa. It's a semicircular piece of wood about 48 inches long. The ends are 24 inches apart. It's marked "Louden's Patent, Oct. 30, 1895." It looks old. What is it and what was it used for?

A: It's a singletree, which also is often called a "whiffletree" or "whippletree." It was used to hitch the traces of a horse's harness to a plow or other implement. William Louden (1841-1931) held several patents for improvements to farm equipment. He invented a hay carrier in 1867 and founded Louden Manufacturing Works in Fairfield, Iowa, a year later to manufacture hay carriers and other farm equipment. From 1906 to 1939, the company, by then named Louden Machinery Co., also designed barns. Louden Machinery Co. was sold in 1956 and its farm equipment was not made after 1965. Singletrees don't show up for sale very often. When they do, they usually sell for under $50.

Tip: Look carefully at a piece of cut glass before you buy it. Edges should not be ground down into the pattern, and pieces should have no chips or other damage.

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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.

  • Baseball pennant, St. Louis Browns, Brownie, yellow and brown felt, 1940s, 11 x 28 inches, $60.
  • Arranbee Nanette doll, plastic, blond wig, walker, purple dress, box, 15 inches, $70.
  • Cut glass ice-cream tray, Wallace pattern, Quaker City Cut Glass Co., Philadelphia, American Brilliant Period, 14 x 7 inches, $100.
  • Hires Root Beer mug, "Health and Cheer," man raising hand in toast, Mettlach, circa 1900, 5 inches, $120.
  • Cinnabar snuff bottle, inlaid stone, Chinese, 20th century, 2 3/4 inches, $175.
  • Sterling silver bowl, wide repousse flower border, Kirk & Sons, circa 1930, 9 inches, $180.
  • Potter & Mellen pin, 14K yellow gold, gemstone cluster, peridot, topaz, tourmaline, citrine, 1 x 1 inches, $265.
  • Fraktur, watercolor and ink, heart, birds, tulips, scalloped border, Lydia Miller, 1810, frame, 17 x 12 inches, $34.
  • Cane, wooden, bird handle, carved, painted, Schtockschnitzler Simmons, circa 1900, 32 inches, $650.
  • Sheraton chest, cherry, four drawers, Sandwich glass knobs, carved apron, backsplash, 46 inches, $1,320.

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A painted iron cutout of a sailor holding a telescope makes an unusual weather vane. It may have been meant to be Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Blue, white, yellow and black paint remains on both sides. Photo courtesy of Cowan's Auctions Inc.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 14:28
 
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