Q: I am inquiring about the value of a Jim Beam whiskey bottle. It was made by Regal China Co. in the shape of an old "Thomas Hyer" automobile. It is dated 1976.
A: Your Jim Beam "Thomas Hyer" automobile bottle would probably sell for $90 to $100.
Q: I have an 18-by-14-inch blue-and-white platter with the enclosed mark. Can you identify the maker and estimate the vintage and value of the platter?
A: This was made by Charles Meigh in Hanley, England, between 1835 and 1850. The name of the pattern is "Plover," and most dealers would price this at $125 to $135.
Q: Can you tell me anything about the vintage and value of a pitcher with a portrait of Queen Victoria? It is marked "Doulton, Lambeth" and commemorates her Golden Jubilee.
A: This was issued in 1887 to celebrate Victoria's 50th year as queen of England. It would probably be worth $265 to $285.
Q: What can you tell me about a porcelain toothpick holder marked "Royal Bayreuth"? It has three handles and is decorated with penguins on a yellow background.
A: Your Royal Bayreuth toothpick holder was made in Tettau, Germany, about 1900. It would probably be worth $125 to $135.
Q: I have several sterling silver demitasse spoons with a bust of Christopher Columbus on the handles. Each spoon shows a different building at the Columbian Exposition on its bowl. Can you give me any information about these spoons?
A: The Columbian Exposition was held in Chicago in 1892 to 1893. Your spoons would probably sell for $25 to $35 each.
Q: Can you evaluate a man's pocket watch made by the E. Howard Watch Co., Waltham, Mass.? It has a 17-jewel movement No. 981,357. The case is marked "Warranted 20 Years."
A: Your watch was made between 1909 and 1912. It probably
would sell for $165 to $185 in good condition.
Roseville Pottery was founded in 1892 by George F. Young, an sewing machine salesman. The firm started manufacturing a line of stoneware jars, flowerpots and cuspidors.
In 1898, the company built a pottery in Zanesville, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, they discontinued the manufacture of stoneware. Young had decided to make art pottery. He hired Ross Purdy, who created a line of underglazed, slip-decorated, brown-colored ware. It was named "Rozane" for Roseville and Zanesville. "Rozane" was used as the mark.
By 1910, the factory at Roseville was closed and all operations were conducted in Zanesville, Ohio. Subsequently, other marks were used, including "Roseville," "Pauleo," "Donatello," "Ranor," "Lotus" and various forms of the letter "r."
About 1918, the trademark, "Roseville, U.S.A.," with the model number and the size in inches, was adoped as the mark. Most of the Roseville Pottery we see today bears this mark.
In 1954, the company was sold and the production of Roseville Pottery terminated.
The prima donna of Roseville Pottery was "Rozane." It was introduced in 1904. An early example of a 10-inch oval vase decorated with yellow daffodils brings at least $500.
Another early pattern was "Carnelian," which was designed about 1910. It was typified by a dark color dripping over a lighter tone and texture. A 15-inch ewer with an ornate handle in shades of blue lists for $150 to $160.
A popular post-World War II pattern was "Snowberry." An assortment of vases from 6 to 9 inches are listed for less than $100.
The above prices are relative and do not apply to any specific item.
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.