Q: Enclosed is a picture of a beautiful basket-weave dish. It is marked "Bavaria" on the bottom.
I would like to know something about its origin and value.
A: Bavaria was an area in Germany where fine porcelain was made. This dish was made in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $75 to $85.
Q: I have six silver spoons with engraved pictures. On the front of the handles is the year 1933. Also, there is a lady's head with an eagle above it and the words "I WILL." Beneath that are the words "A CENTURY OF PROGRESS." Then a globe with two streamers coming off it. Then a building and the word "CHICAGO."
In each spoon portion is the following engraving: "FORT DEARBORN," "SCIENCE COURT GENERAL," "EXHIBITS GROUP," "HALL OF SCIENCE," "EAST VIEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDING," "ADMINISTRATION BUILDING." On the back of the spoons is a building with the inscription around it saying, "TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION BUILDING." Each is marked "Wm. A. Rogers."
My spoons are all in good condition. Could you please tell me something about them?
A: Your spoons are souvenirs from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. The theme for this fair was a "Century of Progress."
The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, England, was the first world's fair.
The fairs usually displayed the best of nations' industrial and scientific achievements.
Your spoons would probably sell for at least $15 each, depending on which one a buyer is interested in.
Q: I have five Currier & Ives lithographs, which I believe are originals. All are in good condition.
I would appreciate any information you can give me on whom to contact or how to sell them.
A: Look at your prints with a magnifying glass, and if the colored areas appear as tiny dots, they are reproductions.
You could take them to a museum, where they can be examined. The chances of your prints being originals are quite remote.
I do not have a list of buyers.
Q: I am seeking information about the vintage and value of six Royal Doulton figurines. I am not sure whether the date shown on each piece is the date of the copyright.
If you could give me any information about the value of these figurines I would be very grateful.
A: "Fleur" HN 2368 was copyrighted in 1967, is still in production and lists for $250. "Soiree" HN 2312 was made between 1966 and 1984, and lists for $175. "Fair Lady" HN 2193 was copyrighted in 1962, is still in production, and lists for $195.
"Coralie" HN 2307 was made between 1963 and 1988, and lists for $195. "Winsome" HN 2220 was made between 1959 and 1985, and lists for $175. "Blue Beard" HN 2105 was copyrighted in 1952, is still in production, and lists for $550.
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