Q: Enclosed is a picture of a 10-inch plate with a picture of two Indians. On the back it is marked "Hand Painted -- Nippon."
Please tell me when this was made and what it might be worth and how can I sell it?
A: Your plate was made in Japan during the early 1900s and would probably sell for $225 to $235. "Nippon" is the way the Japanese pronounce Japan.
Q: I hope you can help me identify this porcelain figurine of a man with a mustache. He is 18 inches tall and stands on a gold base. He is playing a stringed instrument and has a brown dog beside him. He is dressed in brown jacket and tight-fitting pants. He is wearing sandals.
A: This mark was used by R. Eckert & Co. in Volkstedt, Germany, around the turn of the century. Your figurine would probably sell for $265 to $285 in good condition.
Q: I have an antique white treadle sewing machine. It has six drawers, two of which are hidden and can be opened only by opening the two drawers below and releasing a latch. I have the original instructions and attachments. The patent date is 1913.
Any information and value of this machine would be greatly appreciated.
A: Treadle sewing machines were made by the millions; they are not scarce. At the best, yours might sell for about $100 in good condition.
Q: I have the complete works of Charles Dickens in 20 volumes published by the Nottingham Society and illustrated by H. K. Browne. Please give me the estimated value of these books.
A: Collectors want first editions; these are reprints of previously published material. The set might sell for $50 to $60. You can determine the value of any collectible book at your public library. Ask for "American Book Prices Current."
Q: We have a set of 12 plates that are marked on the back with a crown with the word "England" above and "Coalport" and "A.D. 1750" below. The plates are about 9 inches in diameter, white with cobalt-blue rims. They are trimmed in gold. We would be most appreciative if you could give us the age and value of these plates.
A: These plates were made in the Coalport factory in England. The mark you provided was used from 1891 to 1920. The set of 12 would probably sell for $300 to $350.
Q: I have four original tickets for the 1893 World's Fair. Please advise if these are worth anything, as I can't go to Spain; I had hoped that the fair would be in the United States.
A: If your tickets are in good condition, collectors might pay from $5 to $15 each for them. Then you might be able to go to the fair when it comes to Atlanta.
Book review: "Warman's Oriental Antiques" by Gloria and Robert Macarelli, published by Wallace-Homestead Book Co., an imprint of the Chilton Book Co., Radnor, Pa. 19089; $19.95 plus $2.50 postage, or at your local bookstore.
This is a complete handbook of Oriental collectibles that includes extensive informative text and current prices of each item. It includes bronzes, furniture, ceramics, wood block prints, ivory, jade, etc.
Every serious collector of Orientalia will find this book invaluable.
Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.