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  • Quality and esthetics make porcelain set exceptional

    Q: I've attached images of a chocolate set that my wife received from her mother. It's from Camerden and Forster, which I understand was a New York store in the early 1900s. Any info on the set? A: I'm not one to gush, but this is one gorgeous...
  • Sungott wall art manufactured rather than original

    Q: Any info on these unusual paintings? They came from my aunt, who was quite a traveler. They look Moroccan or Arabic to me. The center image is printed on heavy cardboard or wood card, and is raised for relief. How old could they be? A: The writer adds...
  • Clock collectors covet rare, special models

    Q: My 1862 weight-driven Seth Thomas calendar clock is in perfect working condition. It has been in my family for generations. Value? A: Photos sent with the query show a double dial clock similar to one seen in a photo accompanying this column....
  • Fire memorabilia is a hot collecting category

    Q: I got this fireman's trumpet, badge, and bell at an estate sale and would like to know what they're worth. I was told the bell was used going to a fire. A: Donning our clairvoyant's turban, we deduce that the reader seeks current market value...
  • Decoding silver marks can be challenging

    Q: I have many pieces of mismatched antique sterling flatware that have been in my family for generations. I'm trying to identify their patterns, manufacturers, and years made for my grandchildren. I also want to tell them the function of some pieces. I...
  • Potato chip cans are popular collectibles

    Q: Many years ago, we bought a Japp's potato chip can at a flea market. Does it have any value? A: Indeed it does. As far as I know, the cans have not been reproduced. Readers may not know that Japp's was the precursor of Jay's potato chips. In the late...
  • 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...
  • Ivy vases were trendy in the Twenties

    Q: This jar was given to a family member as a wedding gift in the 1920s. What can you tell me about it? It appears to have had a stopper, which is gone. A: Seen in a photo sent, the reader has what looks to be a vase, where an amethyst glass ball is...
  • Grands fare best on the piano market

    Q: How can I find a home for a well-maintained circa 1920s upright piano? A local consignment shop was not interested at all. Several local churches have also turned it down. Any info? A: In the past, churches were often eager to "adopt" unwanted pianos....