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  • Age doesn't necessarily equate with quality or value

    Q: Any info on my vase marked, "Made in Japan"? It seems to be clay and is 11.5 in. tall. Note that the surface is not smooth. A: Our reader is on the money. The surface on a pottery vase seen in photos sent is pebbly. Imagine the skin on an avocado;...
  • Fu dogs have been guarding the door for centuries

    Q: We bought this pair of fu dogs at an estate sale. What can you tell us about them? A: Our reader adds that her carved stone sculptures are each 21 in. high x 7 in. wide. Their weight is over 100 pounds, though no word on if that is for the pair or for...
  • Not sure the value of those inherited treasures? Simple research online can be priceless

    Today's column introduces readers who inherited art. Clueless about value, each wonders if their item(s) is worth anything. The lesson is that we all need to be smart about researching value. If/when you think an item may have potential, it pays to pay...
  • Fine vintage paperweights fetch highest prices

    Q: My grandfather has two antique glass paperweights he wants to know about. He says the maker is Stanhope. I can't find any info on the maker. Can you help? A: Images sent show two ball-shaped glass paperweights. One has a green ground topped by a...
  • Dizzying auction prices reflect supply and demand for outstanding pieces

    Q: We read in your column about a Yuan Dynasty porcelain that sold at auction for $1.3 mill. My relative lives in Taiwan and collects porcelains. He believes he has a Yuan item. How can I authenticate his claim and determine its value? A: A link sent...
  • Dog-shaped handles give drinking pot extra appeal

    Q: I was given this 3-handled cider jug by friends in England long ago. I was told that it's very old. There are no marks, but I think it's very unique because it is flawless. Any info? A: Seen in a photo sent, this is indeed an item with three handles....
  • Metal squirrel most likely a bookend

    Q: I'm hoping you can ID the artist who made my bronze squirrel. I've included images of the signature. Any info? A: Without details on size, my first thought is that the reader's brown metal squirrel is some sort of desk top ornament. The stamp is...
  • Brides basket was a popular Victorian wedding gift

    Q: This shell bowl has been in my husband's family at least since the early 1900s. There's no label or marks indicating its history. It would be so interesting to know something more about it. Can you help? A: Seen in images sent, the glass bowl with a...
  • Solid homework and a cool head key to getting the best price for inherited treasures

    Q: Several years ago, family members aged 91 and 95 died and left me the owner of a lot of things that I have no idea re value. Can you give me a clue? I'll pay for your appraisals. A: Oh, boy, do I feel for this reader. I can't count the times this kind...
  • Internet sales shed light on price range for vintage lamp

    Q: I saw a small Pairpoint "puffy" lamp with lilacs, flowers, and butterflies on the 8-in. shade. The base is tree-shaped brass. What is the price range for this fine specimen? A: To clue readers, The Pairpoint Manufacturing Co. of New Bedford, Mass.,...
  • Coca-Cola 'stuff' may have more fizz left than you think

    Q: A family member who collected Coca-Cola items for over 37 years passed away and left a collection of at least 50 boxes marked "Coca-Cola stuff." How do we go about selling everything? Can we sell everything at one price? Can we sell the items as they...
  • Matched lions sold commercially as garden ornaments

    Q: We bought this pair of Erik Kramer lions about 25 years ago at a local auction. In the same sale, many Remington bronzes were sold, so we assume these lions have value. We're having a hard time finding info on the artist. Can you help? A: The reader...