Doulton whiskey jug is listed at $75


Q: Enclosed is a picture of a jug that is marked "Doulton -- Lambeth -- Rd. No. 4818." It is decorated with a ship with the head of a wolf on the sail. Above the ship is the word "Special," below is "Highland Whisky." Would this be considered a collector's item? What is its value? When was it made?

A: This is definitely a collector's item. The British Registry number indicates that the design was registered in 1884; it could have been made several years after that date. It is listed in Warman's "English & Continental Pottery & Porcelain" at $75.

Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of a covered jar. It is 9 inches high and is decorated with seashells and seaweed. I would appreciate any information you can provide.

A: This mark was used by Griffin, Smith and Hill in Phoenixville, Pa., during the late 1800s. They produced some of the most popular Majolica made in this country. Based on your description, my estimate of its value would be about $250 to $300.

Q: Can you tell me the age and value of my stoneware crock? It is straight-sided and decorated with blue leaves. It is stamped "Red Wing Union Stoneware" in an oval, and holds 2 gallons.

A: Your crock was made in Red Wing, Minn., in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $75 to $85.

Q: Can you tell me the value of a Lionel "Bay States" electric train set? It has locomotive No. 318E, baggage car No. 310, Pullman car No. 309, observation car No. 312, over 20 pieces of track and a transformer.

A: This train set was made in the 1930s and would probably sell for $600 to $700 in good condition.

Q: We have a stoneware pitcher commemorating the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. It is 5 inches high and marked Royal Doulton. I assume it's a collectible, so I would like to know the value.

A: Doulton & Co. Ltd., in Burslem, England, made this pitcher for the George V coronation in 1911. It would probably sell for $165 to $185.

Q: Please evaluate my 1-liter beer stein with an engraved pewter lid. It is marked "Sterling Ale -- Reuter & Co. -- Highland Spring Brewery, Boston."

A: Your stoneware stein was made in the early 1900s and would probably sell for about $200 to $225.

Q: What can you tell me about my Buffalo Pottery pitcher? It is 6 inches tall and is decorated with a Dutch scene of children playing below a row of rural scenes. It is marked with a picture of a buffalo and dated 1907.

A: The Buffalo Pottery was established in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1902 to supply pottery to the Larkin Soap Co., which used pottery for premiums. Your pitcher is an early piece and would probably sell for $325 to $335.

Q: I have a cast-iron bank shaped like a cash register. It is marked "Junior Cash" and "J. & E. Stevens." Can you tell me anything about its vintage and value?

A: Your bank was made in the 1920s and would probably sell for about $165 to $175 in an antique shop.

Q: Are old advertising clocks valuable? I have an electric wall clock. The dial is marked "Correct Time to Buy a Parker Duofold." The sweep second hand is in the shape of a fountain pen. Does this have any value? When was it made?

A: You have a choice find. This clock promoting Parker fountain pens was made about 1930 and would probably sell for about $600 to $700.

Q: My father purchased a violin about 90 years ago in Austria. It has the name "Stainer" engraved on the back. Can you tell me anything about how much it is worth?

A: Jacob Stainer made violins over 300 years ago. Experts believe that any violins bearing his name are copies made in the last 100 years.

A copy in good condition runs about $150. An original would be worth many thousand dollars. Take your violin to a museum where experts can examine it and confirm its vintage.

Q: What is the value of a hatpin holder decorated with a picture of a Japanese girl holding a fan?

A: This hatpin holder was made in Rudolstadt, Germany, by the (( Schafer & Vater Porcelain Co. around the turn of the century. It would probably sell for $125 to $150.

Send your questions about antiques with picture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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