Q: What can you tell me about the vintage and value of this silver pastry serving set? They are marked "Italy."
A: This silver-plated pastry knife and server were made in the early 1900s, and would probably sell for about $65 to $75 in good condition.
Q: I am looking for information on the Bing & Grondahl "Nurse" figurine, No. 2379. Apparently, it is no longer in production; contacts with dealers (Copenhagen Collectibles in Denmark) have yielded no information.
I would appreciate any information you can provide.
A: Your figurine was made in the mid-20th century, and is currently selling in the $225 to $235 range in good condition.
q; I have a teapot, sugar bowl and cream pitcher set that is marked "Lefton China -- Handpainted." I bought this set at a garage sale about 20 years ago. It is blue and white and trimmed with gold.
I would like to know if it is worth anything.
A: George Zoltan Lefton started importing china from Europe and Japan in 1940, and is still in business.
Your tea set is not an antique, but it is collectible. It would probably sell for about $65 to $75.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a hand-painted, hexagon-shaped powder jar. It is decorated with blue, red and green florals with gold trim.
Who made this, when and where?
A: This powder jar was made by Fischer & Meig in Pirkenhammer, Austria, between 1875 and 1887.
It would probably sell for about $75 to $85.
Q: I have a Vapo-Cresolene vaporizer. It is a small milk-glass lamp with a pan above the lamp. It was made by the Vapo-Cresolene Co. with headquarters in New York, London and Montreal, Canada.
It is in the original box and in excellent condition. The patents were registered in four countries in the late 1800s. What is its value?
A: This device was used to treat asthma and other pulmonary problems. In the original box, it would probably sell for $125 to $135.
Q: My husband left me several books that I would like to dispose of, such as "The Rover Boys Out West," and books by Zane Grey -- all with hardcovers and in good condition. Can you provide the name of a catalog that would list their value?
A: You can find the value of these and other collectible books at your public library. Ask for "American Book Prices Current."
Collectors want first or limited editions.
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