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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 22, 2013

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Written by TERRY KOVEL   
Monday, 22 July 2013 08:39

This unusual solid gold pin looks like a miner's pick ax stuck on a gold nugget. It sold for $1,600 at a Leslie Hindman auction in Chicago.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Jewelry has been worn for centuries as "totems," religious or good luck pieces, or just to add beauty and color to an outfit. Brooches, often called "pins," were made in many sizes and shapes. At first they were made of gold and precious stones to show the wearer's wealth, but by the 17th century, imitation jewelry made of glass, faux pearls and gold-colored metal made it possible for the not-so-rich to own a pin. Designers made jewelry in the fashion of the day, from Victorian cameos to Art Nouveau enameled women in flowing gowns.

Often women chose a pin that represented something in her life. Madeline Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State (1996-2001), became known for her pins. She wore an eagle for patriotic meetings, a snake when she distrusted her visitor, a bee-shaped pin when angry and zebras when she met with South Africans. Many pins have been designed to express a personal thought: a typewriter for a writer, an apple for a schoolteacher, a ballet dancer for a performer. Designers made solid gold tigers with diamonds or copies with rhinestones.

Did a prospector for gold or the owner of a gold mine order a pin sold recently that looked like a small pickax with a real gold nugget? It is made of rose gold and has added engraved designs. It was owned by someone in Colorado who sent it to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago to be sold. An Australian bid and got it for $1,600.

Q: I have an old table brought here from Germany years ago. There is a mark on the bottom that says "Kiel Furniture Co." Can you tell me anything about the maker?

A: Stories about things handed down in a family don't always turn out to be true. Your table didn't come from Germany; it was made in Wisconsin. Kiel Manufacturing Co. was founded in Milwaukee in 1892. There were many German cabinetmakers in the area and an ample supply of lumber from Wisconsin forests. The name of the company was changed to Kiel Furniture Co. in 1907, so your table was made after the name change. The company also operated a factory in Milwaukee from 1910 to 1932. The name of the company became A.A. Laun Furniture Co. in 1932. It is still in business.

Q: I acquired a kerosene lamp in Utah last year. It seems to be brass and has a metal plate with the words, "Property of Pony Express Station No. 9." What can you tell me about it?

A: The metal plate on your lamp is probably a fake. Many fake and fantasy maker or owner tags are showing up on oil lamps, lanterns and locks to suggest a connection that makes them more attractive to collectors. The oil lamps and other items themselves also are probably fakes or reproductions from India or China. The most common of these fake tags are small, brass rectangular plates with simple, nondescript lettering. The plates advertise real or fictitious companies—railroads, delivery companies and even prisons—that are desirable to collectors interested in Wild West memorabilia or railroadiana. Pony Express and Wells Fargo are two of the most often referenced. The items may be nice collectibles, just don't expect them to be real.

Q: I have a toy gun that looks like a cap pistol but is molded from solid metal. It has no moving parts. It weighs 3 1/2 pounds and has the word "Stallion" stamped on each side. I would like to know what it was made for since I don't think a child would play with it.

A: Cap guns were popular toys in the 1950s and '60s during the heyday of TV and movie Westerns. Nichols Industries was founded by Talley and Lewis Nichols in Pasadena, Tex., in 1946 and became one of the largest manufacturers of cap guns in the world. The company made a series of "Stallion" cap guns in various sizes with different model numbers from 1950 to 1961. The first one, the Stallion 45, was the "Toy of the Year" in 1950. They were made to look like the Colt 45 Peacemaker and had a revolving cylinder. Smoke came out of the barrel when the "bullets" were fired. Since your gun is relatively heavy and doesn't have moving parts or shoot caps, it may have been a reproduction piece made as a paperweight or display item. Nichols Industries moved to Jacksonville, Tex., in 1954. It was sold to Kusan in 1965 and became Nichols Kusan. The company continued to make many of the Nichols cap gun models.

Q: I have an old safe. It's 47 inches high by 32 inches wide by 27 inches deep and stands 8 inches off the floor on wheels. The door, which has a combination lock, reads "Barnes Safe & Lock Co., Greensburg, Pa." There is a gold band painted on the door edge and decorations in the corners. The safe has an inner door with key lock and interior compartments. When was this safe made? Value?

A: In 1845 Thomas Barnes, a blacksmith, and his brother-in-law, Edmund Burke, a locksmith, established the Burke & Barnes Safe Manufacturers Co. in Pittsburgh. The company made iron cellar doors, grillwork and strong boxes. After the great Pittsburgh fire of 1845, Burke & Barnes experimented with designs for a fireproof safe. Soon after the Civil War, Barnes perfected a seven-flange door safe, which became world famous as the best protection against fire ever invented. Burke retired in the early 1870s and the company name was changed to Barnes Safe & Lock Co. In 1914 the company built a main shop, a filing room and a carpenter's shop in Greensburg, Pa. It made safes, bank deposit boxes and fireproof chests until the 1920s. Your safe was made between 1914 and the early 1920s. Barnes safes have sold for $300 up to about $500. The value depends on condition.

Tip: Wicker can be vacuumed carefully or dusted. Then mix soap—not detergent—and water to make suds and wipe the chair with the suds to clean it. If you find any breaks unraveling, try to have the wicker fixed immediately to avoid future damage.

Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume 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.

  • Red Wing vase, impressed flowers, mint green, cylinder, marked, 7 3/4 inches, $15. 1939 World's Fair pocketknife and bottle opener, New York, faux mother-of-pearl handle, Syracuse Knife Co., $20.
  • Hattie Carnegie necklace, red, white, blue beads, marked, 1950s, 17 inches, $65.
  • Silver sewing tape measure, portrait design, Unger Bros., 4 1/4 inches, $85.
  • Massier vase, leaf designs, rust metallic glaze, indented, signed Clement, 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches, $275.
  • Fulper bowl, round, scalloped, blue, crystalline glaze, signed, 15 x 3 inches, $315.
  • Majolica tobacco jar, dog's head shape, collar reads Fox, 1900s, France, 5 x 3 1/2 inches, $345.
  • Gilt metal inkstand, blue, white pots, bowl, shaped red tray, c. 1860, 10 inches, $565.
  • Gumball trade stimulator, 1 cent, metal, key, 11 x 12 1/2 inches, $825.
  • Parlor table, white marble, turtle top, c. 1865, 30 x 41 x 30 inches, $1,350

Ralph and Terry Kovel, syndicated newspaper columnists, best-selling authors, avid collectors and national authorities on antiques, hosted the HGTV series Flea Market Finds with the Kovels. Enjoy the shows all over again and explore some of the most exciting flea markets in the United States. In each episode, Ralph and Terry share their secrets about when and where to shop, what to look for at shops and flea markets and how to make a good buy. These DVDs include the first season of the series. You'll see rare marbles, antique quilts, European chests and boxes, Satsuma pottery, ceramic tobacco jars, Bakelite jewelry, vintage plastic dime-store toys, Czechoslovakian glass, Big Little Books, can labels and seed packets, old prints and more. Available online at Kovelsonlinestore.com; by phone at 800-303-1996; or send $29.95 plus $4.95 postage to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2013 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This unusual solid gold pin looks like a miner's pick ax stuck on a gold nugget. It sold for $1,600 at a Leslie Hindman auction in Chicago.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 16:35
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 15, 2013

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Monday, 15 July 2013 08:17
This George III mahogany piece is a commode, not a table. It was made in the 18th century to hold the necessary nighttime ‘toilet’ equipment behind tambour doors. It sold for $950 at a New Orleans Auction Galleries sale in October 2012.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A small table next to the bed is necessary today to hold a lamp, cellphone, clock and perhaps a book, eyeglasses and tissues. But in past centuries the table might have held a candlestick with a handle to carry to the bedroom for light. It also had to store items that acted as the toilets of the day. The potty, a large round but squat bowl, served as the toilet seat. A large, tall bowl with a cover was used to hold waste until morning. Covered sections of the table held and hid everything, so the bedside "table" really was a commode. But only the wealthy and royalty had such luxurious equipment. Most people had an outhouse near the back of the yard.

The flush toilet is older than most people think. Leonardo da Vinci designed a flush toilet, but it was never made and people thought the idea was as ridiculous as another one of his ideas, the airplane. The first flushing toilet was made by Sir John Harrington for the Queen of England in 1596. It was improved in 1775 by Alexander Cummings, and soon the "water closet" made of porcelain was installed in homes in a special room. Although they're no longer needed, antique commodes still sell well and are used as bedside tables with storage for books. They can be found in many styles. The drawer-table combination is useful and copies ignore original use.

Q: I have a battery-operated toy called "McGregor." It's an old man wearing a plaid coat and tam, smoking a cigar and holding a cane. It's in the original box, which reads "Rosko Toys with Imagination." I would like to know how old it is and what it's worth.

A: This is a well-known toy made in Japan by TN Nomura in the 1960s and imported by Rosko, an import company in Tokyo active in the 1950s and '60s. McGregor stands up, "smokes" his cigar, exhales smoke through his mouth, sits down, takes another puff, closes his eyes and exhales through his nose. The end of the cigar lights up when he puts the cigar in his mouth. Replicas are being made. The value of your toy is about $150.

Q: When I was a patient at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor in 1970, I met one of Jimmy Hoffa's "lieutenants." We became friends and when he found out I was a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Union, he gave me a gold-filled Zippo pocket lighter. It has a small plaque on the front with the Teamsters logo and the words, "A gift from James R. Hoffa," with Hoffa's signature. The lighter is pretty banged up because I was a smoker and showed off the lighter as often as possible. What's my lighter worth today?

A: Jimmy Hoffa, born in Indiana in 1913, became an organizer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1932. He was the union's president from 1958 to 1971, but was convicted of racketeering in 1964 and was sent to prison in 1967. As part of a plea agreement, he was released in 1971, nine years early, but was barred from taking part in union activities. He disappeared outside a suburban Detroit restaurant in 1975 and was declared dead in 1983. His body has never been found. Your lighter was one of many that the union had made as gifts, so it's not rare and it was never used by Hoffa himself. But it's collectible and would probably sell for more than $60.

Q: I have a clear blue glass object 6 inches long and shaped like a bowling pin. It was given to me by my mother-in-law about 60 years ago. She called it a "sock darner." If it's meant for something else, I'd like to know. I'd also like to know its value.

A: A sock darner is a tool that used to be found in most homes. It was designed to put inside a sock to help repair holes. It provided a solid rounded surface that held the sock firmly so holes could be sewn with tight and even stitches that blended in with the rest of the sock. Also called darning eggs, they were made of glass or wood. Most glass sock darners were whimsies that were made at the end of the day by glass workers for their own use, though production darners also were made. They can be found made of all kinds of glass-aqua, nailsea, spatter, peachblow and aurene. A blown-glass sock darner like yours sells for $60 to about $150. Gold or blue aurene sock darners by Steuben can sell for $400.

Q: I have a heavy metal belt buckle with a raised picture of a flying turkey and the words "Wild Turkey" in big letters on the front. Underneath that in smaller letters it reads, "101 proof (8) eight years old." On the back it reads, "TM Reproduced by Arrangement with Austin Nichols New York, New York - 1974 Bergamot Brass Works." Is it worth anything?

A: Your buckle was made in 1974 as a promotional item for the Austin Nichols Distillery for its Wild Turkey brand of bourbon. The buckle was made by Bergamot Brass Works, founded in Fox River Grove, Ill., in 1970. The company later moved to Lake Geneva, Wis., and then to Darien, Wis., in 1974. Its first products were belt buckles and hair ornaments. Later it made buttons, lapel pins, money clips, paperweights, plaques and more. Bergamot also patented a belt buckle with a bottle opener on the back. Your buckle is often found for sale online. Value: About $10.

Tip: When moving a chest of drawers or a cabinet with doors a long distance, tape the drawers and doors shut with masking tape, or tie them shut with rope.

Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume 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.

  • Twinkle Toes VW bug car, Tonka, pressed steel, orange, foot decals, stamped 52680, 8 inches, $30.
  • Cracker Jack metal clicker frog, green, 2-inch diameter $35.
  • Texaco oil can, SAE 30, red, white, 5 gal., 13 1/4 inches, $50.
  • Orphan Annie figure, Sandy, composition, painted, c. 1936, 10 inches, $125.
  • Mount Washington sugar shaker, egg shape, yellow to orange, raspberries, branches, 4 1/2 inches, $150.
  • Sterling-silver fork, Lily, monogrammed Whiting, 1902, 8 inches, $155.
  • Leather bellows, painted yellow, stenciled red poppies, c. 1860 16 inches, $265.
  • Mesh purse, yellow, blue, fringe, geometric design, silver-tone frame, chain handle, kiss clasp, Whiting & Davis, 4 x 8 inches, $295.
  • Sugar nippers, monogram M.K., scrolls, wrought iron, c. 1800, 17 inches, $305.
  • Sheraton slant-top desk, tiger maple, fitted interior, circa 1840, 45 x 36 inches, $2,605.

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. Order by phone at 800-303-1996; online at Kovels.com; or mail $7.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2013 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE
This George III mahogany piece is a commode, not a table. It was made in the 18th century to hold the necessary nighttime ‘toilet’ equipment behind tambour doors. It sold for $950 at a New Orleans Auction Galleries sale in October 2012.
Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 16:36
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 8, 2013

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Monday, 08 July 2013 15:58

This Shmoo has helped mankind as a ‘household deodorizer.’ It sold for $183 in a Hake's auction in York, Pa., in 2012. It is only 5 1/2 inches tall and has its original foil label.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Remember the Shmoo? It started one of the biggest assortment of collectibles in the 20th century. The animal was first seen in a L'il Abner comic strip in August 1946, and it became a sensation.

Al Capp, the artist, had invented an animal that laid eggs and glass bottles of milk, tasted like whatever you liked to eat and purposely died when someone seemed hungry. Its button eyes made terrific suspender buttons, and its skin could be used for leather or lumber. They gave rides, played with children and were so amusing people stopped watching television. They multiplied quickly so there was always a good supply, and they needed no food, just air. A Shmoo was shaped like a large upside-down comma with feet, but had no ears, arms or nose.

The Shmoo became a collecting sensation in the 1940s and '50s. There were dolls, toys, planters, sheet music, wallpaper, clothing, books, jewelry, clocks, salt-and-pepper sets, banks and even air fresheners and earmuffs. All are collected today. But while they were lovable and wanted only to bring happiness, Shmoon (the plural of Shmoo) brought misery to the comic-strip people of Dogpatch. Because there was no need to work, society changed. Grocery and meat stores closed, and the owners organized squads to kill the Shmoon until they were thought to be extinct. But they managed to come back in later comic strips. And collectors search for them today.

Q: Grand Rapids Desk Co. made our mahogany rolltop desk. It is 46 inches tall, 40 inches wide and 28 inches deep. We were told when we bought it that it had been used at the old Angus Hotel in St. Paul, Minn. What can you tell me about the desk and its value?

A: The Grand Rapids Desk Co. was in business in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 1893 to 1898. The company moved to Muskegon, Mich., in 1898 following a fire at the Grand Rapids factory, but it kept the same corporate name. If the company mark on your desk reads "Muskegon," the desk was made after 1898. Grand Rapids Desk Co. manufactured desks and other office furniture in mahogany and oak. Many were sold to hotels in the Midwest. From 1911 to 1971, the Angus Hotel occupied a Victorian apartment building built in 1887 at the corner of Selby and Western avenues just west of downtown St. Paul. The fact that your desk may have been used at the hotel probably does not increase its value, except to a St. Paul collector. But high-quality antique rolltop desks like those made by the Grand Rapids Desk Co. are valuable. One auctioned for $1,400 a few years ago.

Q: I have an old wooden crank-type wall telephone handed down in our family. The nameplate on it says: "B-R Electric & Telephone Mfg. Company, Manufacturers of the Celebrated K-C Telephone, Kansas City, Mo., Portland, Oregon." Please tell me something about this company.

A: B-R Electric Co. and Kansas City Telephone Manufacturing Co. merged in 1903 to form B-R Electric & Telephone Manufacturing Co. B-R continued to market the phones using the Kansas City (K-C) brand name. A phone like yours with the same nameplate recently auctioned for $85. Of course, price depends on condition as well as age and manufacturer.

Q: I have a bell imprinted "MS Bremen 1911." It looks like it's made of brass. It has a hanger and a clanger. I cannot find any information about this on the Internet. Is this worth much?

A: The MS Bremen was a ship owned by North German Lloyd Steamship Co. The initial "MS" indicates it was a motor ship and had an internal combustion engine. It was launched in 1896 and made trips from Bremen, Germany, to New York and from Bremen to Australia beginning in 1897. Her last trip to Australia was in 1911. The date on your bell may commemorate that voyage, but it was made much later. After World War I, the ship belonged to a British company. It was sold again and renamed twice before being scrapped in 1929. Reproductions of this bell have been made. Often it is mounted with an anchor-shape bracket so it can be hung on a wall. We have seen examples of this bell selling in the United Kingdom for about $20 to $40.

Q: My antique flow-blue platter belonged to my great-grandmother. She brought it to America from Germany in the 1860s. The Oriental pattern includes two houses and other buildings, two figures and two large birds flying above the treetops. The printed mark on the underside of the eight-sided platter is a phoenix bird above the words "Chusan" and "J. Clementson." The word "Clementson" also is impressed. Please tell me history and value.

A: Your platter was made in England by Joseph Clementson and possibly dates from as early as the 1840s. Clementson operated his pottery at the Phoenix Works in Shelton, Hanley, in the famous Staffordshire District from about 1839 to 1864, but the phoenix bird mark was introduced in the 1840s. Several English manufacturers of flow-blue china (patterns with deliberately blurry blue designs) made Oriental patterns named "Chusan," but the designs are not identical. Your platter, if in excellent condition, would sell for $150 to $200.

Tip: Some vintage and antique dishes have overglaze decorations that will eventually wear off. All gold trim is overglaze and could even wipe off a plate hot from the dishwasher.

Need prices for collectibles? Find them at Kovels.com, our website for collectors. More than 84,000 prices and 5,000 color pictures have just been added. Now you can find more than 856,000 prices that can help you determine the value of your collectible. Access to the prices is free at Kovels.com/priceguide.

Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume 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.

  • Fourth of July postcard, boy, girl, skyrockets, bell, lithographed, Germany, 1910, $15. Black cat firecrackers, cat's head, red and yellow package, 40 pieces, $20.
  • McCoy jardiniere, green quilted, 10 1/4 inches, $25.
  • Pressed-glass cake stand, moon and star, 10 inches, $105.
  • Cinderella board game, backdrop, wand, cards, slipper, box, 1950, 19 x 9 inches, $210.
  • Clewell bowl, embossed fruit, copper clad, 8 x 3 inches, $375.
  • Brass candlestick, push up, England, c. 1860, 19 3/4 inches, pair, $710.
  • Bronze sculpture, Moor warrior, astride camel, holding staff, c. 1900, 8 3/4 inches, $1,045.
  • Hickory rinsing basket, footed stretcher base, 1800s, 20 x 30 inches, $1,065.
  • Chippendale slant-lid desk, tiger maple, stepped interior, valances, four drawers, bracket feet, c. 1780, 44 x 38 inches, $2,090.

Available now. The best book to own if you want to buy or sell or collect –and if you order now, you'll receive a copy with the author's autograph. The new Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, 2013, 45th edition, is your most accurate source for current prices. This large-size paperback has more than 2,500 color photographs and 40,000 up-to-date prices for more than 775 categories of antiques and collectibles. You'll also find hundreds of factory histories and marks, a report on the record prices of the year, plus helpful sidebars and tips about buying, selling, collecting and preserving your treasures. Available online at Kovelsonlinestore.com; by phone at 800-303-1996; at your bookstore or send $27.95 plus $4.95 postage to Price Book, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2013 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE

This Shmoo has helped mankind as a ‘household deodorizer.’ It sold for $183 in a Hake's auction in York, Pa., in 2012. It is only 5 1/2 inches tall and has its original foil label.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 16:36
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 1, 2013

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Written by TERRY KOVEL   
Monday, 01 July 2013 08:48

These urns were thought to be Chinese export pieces made in the 1700s, but they were made by Jacob Petit in France. Raised white lines are found on his 19th-century pieces.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – The names of antiques sometimes change as research corrects old errors. In the 1930s, an auction house sold a pair of what were called "Lowestoft" vases that were large enough to put on a fireplace mantel. They were named after the English town where they were thought to have been made in the 18th century. The vases had a traditional Chinese shape and were made of bluish-white porcelain decorated with a blue, green and orange coat of arms and slightly raised white scrolls.

When the same vases were sold again in the 1950s, they were described as "Chinese export porcelain" because experts had learned that in the mid-1700s the Lowestoft factory was making early blue-and-white English Delft souvenirs of regional interest, not porcelain like the vases. Researchers also had learned that porcelain made in China in the 18th century was being exported to England and that some had made its way to Lowestoft. But the Chinese porcelain exported to the West back then, although very good, was not the top-quality porcelain made in China for wealthy Chinese families.

Some of the export pieces were plain, Chinese porcelain with added new decorations like coats-of-arms or pictures of ships. But there were also other problems with the pair of vases. The vases were not Chinese at all; they actually were copies made by Jacob Petit (1796-1868), who opened a shop in Paris in 1863. Painted raised white scrolls are the clue to identifying Petit's copies of Chinese export porcelain. Petit also made copies of Sevres, Meissen, English dinnerware and more.

So be careful when looking for information about Chinese export or Lowestoft porcelain. Information in old books is not accurate. And often, information online is from old books. Present-day auction-house descriptions and information in recent publications usually is accurate. Jacob Petit copies of Chinese export porcelain are collected today. A single one of his vases is worth about $800.

Q: My mother would like to know what her bound volume of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper is worth. The spine is marked "Vol. 1," and the book includes issues dated from Dec. 15, 1855, to May 31, 1856. The newspaper pages are large, about 12 by 16 inches.

A: Bound volumes of Frank Leslie's illustrated weekly, the first one published in the United States, often show up at shows and can be found for sale online. Leslie (1821-1880) was born in England and immigrated to the United States in 1848. He was an engraver and illustrator before he became a publisher, and his many publications are wanted by collectors not only for their historical value, but also for their wood engravings and early photographs. The price your volume could sell for depends on condition of the binding and of the newspapers themselves. We have seen early volumes sell for $50 to $200.

Q: I have had an old table cigarette lighter for about 30 years. It was old when I got it. It appears to be silver plate, but it's heavy. It's in the shape of a cornucopia, with the lighter at the top of the basket. There's no mark on it. Can you identify and price it?

A: The Evans Case Co. of North Attleborough, Mass., made an unmarked silver-plated cornucopia table lighter like the one you describe. Evans was in business from 1922 to 1960, but table lighters were at their height of popularity in the 1930s and '40s. That's probably when yours was made. Other silver-tone cornucopia table lighters were made in Japan after World War II, but they're marked "Made in Occupied Japan." The irony is that both the Evans and Occupied Japan lighters sell for about $50 today.

Q: My grandmother gave me her antique water basin, a very large pitcher and a smaller, matching water pitcher. She said the smaller pitcher was for hot water. The wash-basin set was given to her as a wedding gift in 1907. All three pieces are plain white. On the bottom, each piece is marked "Yale" in gold on a banner. Since this set is a family heirloom, it will not be sold, but I would like to know the history of the company.

A: Wash sets like yours were used in the days before indoor plumbing. The large pitcher was used to pour water into the basin for washing, and the smaller pitcher was used when brushing teeth. The "Yale" mark was one of several marks used between 1882 and 1925 by the Potters Co-Operative Co. of East Liverpool, Ohio. The company made hotel ware, white ware and some decorated ware. The name of the company became Dresden Pottery Co. in 1925. It went out of business in 1927. Your set was made between 1882 and 1907.

Q: I have a pitcher marked "Lefton China, Hand Painted, Reg. U.S. Pat. Off." The number "1773" is hand-painted on the bottom. It's 10 inches high and decorated with applied pink roses, pale blue forget-me-nots and green leaves. Is it old and valuable?

A: George Zoltan Lefton emigrated from Hungary in 1939 and founded Lefton Co. in Chicago in 1941. The company imported pottery, porcelain, glass and other wares. George Lefton died in 1996, and the company was sold in 2001. The mark on your pitcher was used from 1949 until about 1955. The number 1773 may indicate that the pitcher was part of a limited edition. Value of your pitcher: about $20 to $25.

Tip: If you have stored a quilt, take it out twice a year and refold it - in half, if you had it in thirds before. This practice will prevent crease lines.

Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume 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.

  • Piggy bank, sitting, cast iron, c. 1910, 5 x 34 inches, $25.
  • Hummel figurine, no. 53/2, Joyful, 4 inches, $30.
  • Roseville water lily vase, handles, marked, 7 1/4 inches, $40.
  • Garden figure, dog, seating, flower basket in mouth, painted, concrete, 22 inches, $160.
  • Barrel back chair, mahogany, closed arms, serpentine seat rail, porcelain casters, c. 1890, 35 inches, $245.
  • Sewing basket, double lid, handle, Pa., c. 1890, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, $505.
  • Wooden barber pole, red, white and blue stripes, canonball finial, turned base, iron ring stand c. 1910, 67 inches, $590.
  • Shooting gallery target game, kicking mule, hind leg moves, painted cast iron, A.J. Smith, c. 1810, 18 x 21 inches, $1,645.
  • Egyptian Revival Paris plate, gilt bands, marbleized borders, crossed swords mark, c. 1800, 9 1/4 in., pair, $5,080.
  • Satsuma vase, figural scenes, gilt and moriage highlights, oval body, dragon and ring handles, c. 1890, 41 inches, $7,070.

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These urns were thought to be Chinese export pieces made in the 1700s, but they were made by Jacob Petit in France. Raised white lines are found on his 19th-century pieces.

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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 24, 2013

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Monday, 24 June 2013 09:19
The strange back on this Roycroft chair can be explained by its name,

BEACHWOOD, Ohio Some old chairs have very strange added parts that can confuse today's collectors. A Windsor chair from the 18th century might be made with an added piece at the end of the arm because it is a "writing arm" Windsor. There can be a drawer beneath the seat of a Shaker sewing chair. Many types of chairs were made into rocking chairs with the addition of pieces of curved wood or a bouncy platform with springs. A chair with paddlelike arms and a rectangular wooden piece attached to the back at an angle is known as a "cockfighting chair." It was thought the user sat facing the back of the chair to see the fight, but now it is believed that the wooden piece was meant to hold a book and that the chair is a "reading chair" once used in libraries. A similar chair was made by the Roycroft Colony in East Aurora, N.Y., in about 1905. It had a narrow ledge at the top of the chair back. The user sat facing the back and straddling the chair, with arms leaning on the leather-covered wooden ledge. It is a meditation chair. There is a modern group at the Roycroft Colony today that is interested in art and meditation.

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Q: My 1910 telephone is in excellent shape. A label on it reads, "Property of the American Bell Telephone Co." What is the phone worth?

A: By 1910, telephones were being manufactured as both wall phones and upright "candlestick" phones -and you don't tell us what yours looks like. Some antique phones sell for under $100 and some for thousands. American Bell Telephone Co. was formed in 1880 and acquired a controlling interest in Western Electric Co. in 1881. Western Electric then became the manufacturer of American Bell Telephone Co. phones. In 1899, American Bell was acquired by American Telephone & Telegraph Co., which had been an American Bell subsidiary. Telephones the age of yours sell for about $100 to $200, depending on style and condition.

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Q: I have some Olin Russum Pottery and would like to know something about it. Is it collectible?

A: Olin Lansing Russum Jr. (1918-1998), known as "Russ," was a potter and sculptor who lived and worked in Maryland. In 1951 he and his wife, Jean, built a studio in a converted barn near Gunpowder Falls. Russ made dishes, sculptures and watercolors, but is best known for his tile and bas-relief murals. His murals are in several buildings in the Baltimore area, and some of his work is in museum collections. He also taught a ceramics workshop at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Jean was a woodworker who made sculptures and furniture. They worked together on some projects until her death in 1986. Their work has been sold in several recent auctions and can be found in shops.

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Q: My pottery stein holds a half-liter. It's in the shape of a child wearing a monk's hooded habit. He's holding a couple of radishes or turnips in his left hand and what appears to be a book in his right. His head, the stein's lid, has a pewter rim. Down the front of the child's clothing there's a long bib with the words "Gruss aus Munchen." The only mark on the bottom is "1880." What is the stein worth?

A: You have a "Munich Child" character stein. The "bib" down his front is a scapular, a traditional part of a monk's garb, and the German phrase on the front can be translated roughly as "Regards from Munich." The design is based on the German city's coat of arms. Munich Child mugs, which can be in the traditional stein shape or figural, like yours, were first made in the last half of the 19th century. A mug like yours sold in 2011 for $334.

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Q: I still have the portable Brother typewriter my father bought for me 40 years ago. I have kept it stored in its original carrying case and it still works. I wonder what it's worth.

A: With few exceptions, only very early typewriters -those made and marketed in the late 1800s - sell for much money. Brother Industries, a Japanese corporation that dates back to 1908, still is in business today manufacturing printers, fax machines and other office and industrial equipment. Portable electric typewriters like yours don't excite collectors, but you might be able to sell it online for up to $20.

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Q: I found a funny pair of pins that look old. Each metal pin is in the shape of a man thumbing his nose at the other. One is wearing a hat with the word "Hancock," and the other, a bearded man, has a hat that reads "Garfield." Can you explain what is going on?

A: You have a pair of political lapel pins made for the Winfield Hancock and James Garfield 1880 U.S. presidential campaign. The gold-colored Hancock pin could thumb his nose, and the silver Garfield pin, often found blackened with tarnish today, could thumb his nose while a pointed tail appeared. Similar "nose-thumbers" were used in at least one other presidential election, the one between James Cox and Warren Harding in 1920.

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Tip: When looking up a pewter mark, don't just check pewter books. Try looking at a list of American silversmiths and

silver-plate makers. Many of these people worked with all three types of metal.

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Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, (Name of this newspaper), King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

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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.

Fan, red sequins, tortoise frame, 13 inches, $10.

Bouquet of pansies print, Patty Thum, chromolithograph, 1894, 11 x 16 inches, $45.

Father's Day Datertag porcelain plate, castle, countryside, 1969, blue, white, Bareuther, 7 inches, $55.

Rose O'Neil calendar, 1977, kewpie dolls, full pad, 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, $80.

Patent model clock driven barometer, enamel clock dial, brass gears, two parts, 18 inches, $235.

Pillin pottery vase, woman, horses, blue ground, marked, c. 1970, 6 inches, $375.

Patchwork quilt New York beauty variation sunburst center red, yellow, white applique vine cotton c. 1850, 107 x 108 inches, $540.

American silver soup ladle, fiddle back, A. Rasch, 13 1/4 inches, $600.

Neoclassical pedestal, giltwood, scrolled capital, fluted column, round base, Italy, 47 x 12 in., pair, $625.

Louis XV slant front desk, fruitwood, carved, stepped interior, drawers, 1700s, 40 x 39 inches, $1,795.

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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 17, 2013

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:34

This Uncle Sam was made with googly eyes and a fancy cap, but no beard. This is a German doll made in about 1918, the year World War I ended. He is carrying a U.S. flag. The bisque doll, 14 inches high, sold for $2,350 at a 2012 auction hosted by Theriault's of Annapolis, Md.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio Flag Day is celebrated every June 14 to commemorate the day the flag of the United States was adopted in 1777. Flag Day was officially established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. It became "National Flag Day" by a 1949 Act of Congress. Flags should be flown the whole week of June 14. Collectors of old flags display them framed under glass to protect them because they are such important historic relics and are usually in poor condition. But even a torn flag connected to an important event or person is of value, often worth thousands of dollars. An 1863 35-star U.S flag auctioned this year at Cowan's of Cincinnati for $705. It had scattered holes and stains. One way to celebrate Flag Day is to put a vintage doll with a flag in your window. An "Uncle Sam" bisque doll made about 1918 by Handwerck, a German company, sold at a 2012 Theriault's auction for $2,350. The doll was holding an American flag with 48 stars on it.

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Q: In 1945 I received six place settings of English "fish eaters." They were a wedding gift from my aunt, who had owned the set since she got married. So the set is close to being "antique." They're marked, but I can't read the mark, and they have bone or ivory handles. What do you think the set is worth?

A: A single set of fish eaters (also called "fish feeders") is a matching fish knife and fish fork - utensils designed to use when eating fish. A fish knife's blade is flat and does not have a sharp edge. It's slightly curved on both sides - one side curved inward and the other out. A fish fork has three or four flat unsharpened tines, with the outer tines wider than the inner. A set of stainless-steel fish eaters with plastic handles would sell for under $100. A set made of sterling silver with ivory or bone handles is worth several hundred dollars. Ask someone to try to read the maker's mark for you. That may help determine the value.

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Q: I own a small plastic souvenir snow globe of the New York City skyline. Inside there's the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers that came down in 2001. It is marked "Made in Hong Kong." Does it have collectible value?

A: New York City's skyline with the Statue of Liberty is probably the world's most widely produced snow globe subject. Plastic globes were introduced in the 1950s, but construction of the Twin Towers wasn't completed until the early 1970s. So your globe isn't more than about 40 years old. While the Towers make your globe a touching souvenir, it would not sell for more than about $10. Too many were made to warrant a high price.

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Q: I just bought a deep cast-iron skillet at an auction. I'm trying to find out what it's worth. The bottom of the pan is stamped "Martin Stove and Range, Florence, Alabama." The lid has an ornate handle and is stamped "No. 9." I'd like to find out something about the maker, too.

A: Brothers W.H. Martin and Charles Martin founded Martin Stove & Range Co. after buying two other stove companies in 1917. The new company made cast-iron hollowware from 1917 until 1952. Skillets, kettles, griddles, pans, sad irons and other items were made. Skillets were made in eight different sizes and sell today for prices based on size and condition. Recent prices go from about $10 to more than $50. Only a few sell for higher prices. Whatever your winning bid was at the auction is probably the wholesale price for the skillet. It probably would sell for more in a shop.

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Q: I have a 1940s Clip-Craft erector set in its original cylindrical box. I can't find any information about the set and hope you can help.

A: Your construction set was made by Clip-Craft Corp. of New York City. It was written up as a new toy in the December 1947 issue of Popular Science magazine. The set includes curves and rods, steel clips, aluminum sheets and wooden wheels. Pieces are held together by the clips rather than by nuts and bolts. The term "Erector Set" is a brand name trademarked by Alfred C. Gilbert, who patented his metal construction set in 1913. Gilbert's sets, made by the A.C. Gilbert Co. of New Haven, Conn., starting in 1916, were assembled with nuts and bolts.

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Q: My cow creamer has been in our family for decades. Cream in the pitcher pours out of the cow's mouth, and the handle is its tail. The cow, which is in a sitting position, is about 5 inches tall. The bottom is marked "Coventry, Made in U.S.A." and "5540B" in gold-colored ink. What is it worth?

A: Carrie Daum opened an artware business in Barberton, Ohio, in 1932. She called her business Dior Studios until 1936, when she changed its name to Coventry Ware, Inc. In 1940 Daum added ceramic figurines and artware to her earlier lines of composition and plaster products. Your creamer and similar pieces, many made with gold-painted highlights, most likely date from the 1940s. And the creamer probably was designed by artist Elaine Carlock (1915-2012), who worked at Coventry before moving to Michigan in 1952. The 5540B mark is a shape number. Your creamer is collectible, but not rare. Depending on its condition and decoration, it would sell for $25 to $40.

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Tip: Do not use self-adhesive tape, stickers or self-stick labels in a scrapbook. Eventually they will no longer stick to paper, and the old adhesive will leave marks.

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Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, (Name of this newspaper), King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

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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.

Shoe candy container, glass, clear, heal, c. 1960, 2 7/8 inches, $30.

Fenton glass compote, white, ruffled rim, scalloped foot, marked, 7 x 6 inches, $50.

Bracelet, gold filled, enamel, Bambi in heart-shape plaque, stretch, 1940s, 3/4 inches, wide, $85.

Stick barometer, walnut, Hugh Jones, Bettws-Gwerfyl-Goch, Wales, c. 1800, 37 inches, $175.

Canton bowl, blue, white, square, cut corners, c.1860, 4 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches, 265.

Snuff box, papier-mache lacquered, prancing horse, gold-leaf border, octagonal, c. 1900, 4 x 2 1/2 inches, $280.

Lighthouse keeper's cottage doorstop, cast iron, c. 1910, 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 x 8 inch, pair, $840.

Elk head mount, Wyoming 20th century, 78 x 48 inches, $1,445.

Firefighting leather bucket, painted blue, gilt leaf scroll, cartouche, Indian maiden, c. 1810, 12 3/4 x 18 inches, $2,335.

Daum cameo vase, enameled purple violets, green leaves, frosted white ground, rounded, signed, 5 x 4 inches, $3,375.

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This Uncle Sam was made with googly eyes and a fancy cap, but no beard. This is a German doll made in about 1918, the year World War I ended. He is carrying a U.S. flag. The bisque doll, 14 inches high, sold for $2,350 at a 2012 auction hosted by Theriault's of Annapolis, Md.

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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of June 10, 2013

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Monday, 10 June 2013 12:50
Campaign buttons from the past can be misleading. This McKinley button from the 1900 campaign is about jobs, not pollution. The 2-1/8-inch button made by W&H sold in 2012 for $1,948 at Hake's Americana & Collectibles of York, Pa.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Political slogans and pictures from the past can sometimes be confusing because modern times suggest a different meaning. In the 1900 U.S. presidential campaign, William McKinley used the slogans "Protection and Prosperity" and "Four more years of the full dinner pail." His campaign often pictured a workman's lunchbox as a symbol of jobs.

One of his most famous buttons, if first seen today, would startle a 2013 voter. The button shows a strange boxlike container—the lunch pail of the day. Inside the pail is a building with smoke pouring from the smokestacks and the words: "Do you smoke? Yes, since 1896." The smoking chimneys on the building represent work being done inside, just as the lunch pail means jobs. Today the smoke could be misinterpreted as pollution, and the answer given to "Do you smoke?" would suggest a health problem.

The rare button sold for $1,948 at a recent Hake's Auction. It's a reminder that both language and symbols can change with time and events, so collectors should be careful not to interpret objects or words from the past through modern eyes.

Q: My small electric mantel clock has a metal embossed design under the dial. The design includes a seaplane with a propeller that rotates when the clock is running. There's also a sailing ship, a man standing near a tepee and the words "Polar Bird." The case is Bakelite and like new. I can't find a manufacturer's name. Do you know who made it and what it's worth today?

A: A clock matching yours auctioned last year for $119. Clocks like it, with extra parts that move when the clock is running, are called animated clocks. Yours probably dates from the 1930s, the decade following Adm. Richard Byrd's first flights to both the north and south poles. Some sources say the clock was manufactured by the New Jersey Clock Co. of Newark, N.J., with an electric motor made by the Hammond Clock Co. of Chicago. Others say it's a Chronart clock, which may have been a trade name used by the New Jersey Clock Co.

Q: I inherited a ceramic tile mural made up of 24 4-inch tiles. The tiles are not cemented together, but when laid out they picture a large sailing ship, two smaller sailboats and a lighthouse. One tile is signed "Pillsbury." I think the tiles came from a pottery in Ohio. Any information and present value would be appreciated.

A: Hester W. Pillsbury (1862-1951) was a decorator who worked at Roseville and Weller, both Ohio potteries. Roseville Pottery was organized in Roseville, Ohio, in 1890 and opened a plant in nearby Zanesville in 1898. Roseville made pottery until 1954. Weller Pottery started out in Fultonham, Ohio, moved to Zanesville in 1882 and closed in 1948. Hester Pillsbury began working in about 1904 and worked at Weller after 1918. A tile picture like yours, made up of 24 signed tiles, could be worth $1,000 or more.

Q: I am interested in figuring out the value of a vintage Rolls Razor set called "The Traveler." It includes a travel box and a razor with disassembled handles and other parts. The back of the razor says "Made in England."

A: Rolls Razor, Ltd., of London was in business from the 1920s into the early 1950s. It made several razor models that used "permanent blades" rather than disposables. Rolls Razor sets were sold in the United States until the late 1940s by Charles Levin & Co. of New York City. Your Traveler set was not an early Rolls model. It probably dates from the 1930s. Rolls sets are easy to find at flea markets. But Traveler sets are not as common as some of the other sets. Your set might sell for $40 to $60 if it's complete and in good condition.

Q: I just bought a piece of Brooklin Pottery. I thought it was from New York but I am told it is Canadian. Do you know anything about it? Are there many popular collectibles from Canada that aren't well known in the states?

A: Of course. Collectors in the United States and Canada started looking at their own countries after soldiers saw all the antiques in Europe during World War II. The first books and publications about collecting in the United States concentrated on English porcelains and furniture, Georgian silver, prints, Staffordshire figures and Chippendale furniture that could have been made in many countries. American pieces were wanted by very few. Our trip to Eastern Canada from Ohio in the late 1950s was disappointing because we hoped to see Canadian things in antiques shops. We found a few in Nova Scotia selling early Canadian furniture, but shops in the large cities looked like ours—they were filled with mainly English or Asian pieces. But by the 1970s, Canadians had become interested in their own antiques and history and there were Canadian publications and shows. Brooklin Pottery was founded in 1952 by Theo and Susan Harlander. They had emigrated from Germany. Some of their best-known studio pottery is made with incised pictures of people and geometric designs in pale earthtones. The business was closed by 1987.

Tip: Don't use water on turquoise objects or jewelry because water is destructive to turquoise. Instead, wipe turquoise with a microfiber cloth. Brush jewelry crevices that have become filled with debris.

Sign up for our weekly email, "Kovels Komments." It includes the latest news, tips and questions and is free, if you register on our website. Kovels.com has lists of publications, clubs, appraisers, auction houses, people who sell parts or repair antiques and more. Kovels.com adds to the information in this column and helps you find useful sources needed by collectors. Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through 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 any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume 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.

  • Cracker Jack toy ocarina, red, plastic, $10.
  • Singer sewing machine trade card, Romeo & Juliet, c.1890, 6 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches, $10.
  • Avon after-shave bottle, Liberty Bell shape, amber, 1971, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, $25.
  • Elfinware trinket box, piano shape, blue flowers, green moss, Germany, c. 1900, 2 1/2 x 1 x 2 inches, $50.
  • Czechoslovakia glass pitcher, Queen Anne's Lace, 10 x 7 inches, $90.
  • Cookie cutter running horse, tin, signed C.H. Swink, c. 1860, 4 x 7 1/2 inches, $175.
  • Delft plate, woman holding cornucopia and flower stem, 1700s, 8 7/8 inches, $180.
  • Chinese export armorial plate, Renny arms, spearhead flower borders, octagonal, 1770, 8 1/2 inches, $450.
  • Federal chest, cherry, bowfront, banded edge, four graduated drawers, cutout base, French feet, 38 x 41 inches, $2,280.
  • Chandelier glass lamp, six-light, spiral-shaped frame, scrolling arms, grape-cluster drops, Italy, 35 inches, $3,250

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Campaign buttons from the past can be misleading. This McKinley button from the 1900 campaign is about jobs, not pollution. The 2-1/8-inch button made by W&H sold in 2012 for $1,948 at Hake's Americana & Collectibles of York, Pa.
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