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Q: We have a porcelain jardiniere that has been in our family for at least 70 years. The mark on the bottom is "W.G. & Co. -- Limoges, France."

It is 11 inches high and also 11 inches in diameter.

In your opinion, what is the approximate value of our jardiniere?

A: Numerous factories have made fine porcelains in Limoges, France, since the late 1700s. According to the mark on your jardiniere, it was made by Guerin-Pouyat-Elite Ltd. in the early 1900s. This firm was founded in 1870 and is still in operation.

NB Your jardiniere might sell for $300 to $350 in good condition.

Q: On the bottom of my pitcher there is a mark that is approximately 8 inches high and is decorated with gaudy flowers of cobalt blue, green and rust against a white background.

The handle looks like a green-and-rust snake with its head attached to the upper side of the pitcher.

Could you please identify my pitcher and place a value on it?

A: Allertons Ltd. in Longton, Staffordshire, England, manufactured porcelain and earthenware from 1859 to 1942. This mark was used in the years between 1929 and 1942.

Your pitcher is a 20th-century version of the Gaudy Ironstone made in England in the 19th century. It might sell in the $55 to $65 range.

Q: I have an Art Nouveau bronze table lamp. It is a figure of a woman standing on a base. She is holding her right hand up to her head, left arm down and left knee slightly bent.

Behind her is a branch with leaves, which curves up and over her and holds the glass globe for the light bulb. The lamp is about 24 inches tall and works. Behind the figure are the words "France -- Aug. Moreau."

Could you please tell me the vintage, origin and value?

A: Auguste Moreau was a French sculptor born in the 19th century. Bronze lamps were sometimes cast from his original sculpture.

Art nouveau is the term for a style popular from around 1890 to 1905, and identified by curving, flowing lines.

Your lamp was made in the early 20th century in France. The value would probably be about $800 to $900.

I found an unopened deck of playing cards in my mother's attic. On the cards is a woman in a striped shirt, holding a bowling ball and being offered a bottle of Coca-Cola. Across the top of the cards are the words "Coke Refreshes You Best!"

What can you tell me about my cards?

A: Collecting playing cards is a good deal. It can be both enjoyable and profitable. Your deck has a crossover value since it would be of interest to collectors of both Coca-Cola memorabilia and playing cards.

When purchasing decks of cards, it is important to look for those in very good condition and with unusual designs.

The Girl with the Bowling Ball was made in the early 1960s. Your complete deck would probably be worth about $65 to $75.

Q: I have three Wild Turkey whiskey bottles from the Turkey Lore Series. They were issued in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and have never been opened.

I would like to know how much they might sell for.

A: Collecting special editions of whiskey bottles reached its peak in the early 1970s. Serious collectors are interested in quality and design.

Your Wild Turkey whiskey bottles might sell in the $55 to $65 range.

Q: My caster set has five glass containers. It consists of salt and pepper shakers, oil and vinegar bottles and a mustard jar. The stand looks as if it is made of silver plate. On the bottom of the stand is the word "Quadruple."

What can you tell me about my caster set?

A: Caster sets were fashionable from around 1870 to 1915. Their popularity waned by World War I. The stands were either sterling or silver plate. The word "Quadruple" means it was silver-plated four times.

Your caster set would probably be valued about $125 to $150 in good condition.

Q: I have two Audubon prints. One is "The Blue Winged Yellow Warbler," plate 20, which measures 20 by 16 inches; the other is "The Key West Dove," plate 167 and it is 19 by 13 inches.

Are they originals? Were all Audubon prints the same size?

A: "The Birds of America" was the name of the complete work of 435 engravings by John James Audubon. It was produced in the early 1800s.

His prints have been copied in a variety of sizes and methods. The originals were approximately 25 by 38 inches and known as double-elephant-folio.

For a determination of authenticity and value, these prints should be seen and examined by an expert.

Q: My husband has had the book "Little Black Sambo" for over 20 years. It is the original story by Helen Bannerman with illustrations and it is in excellent condition. Can you tell me the value of this book?

A: This is a reprint of a book written and published in the early 1900s. A current price guide lists a 1959 copy of the original story by Helen Bannerman of "Little Black Sambo" at $30.

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