Q: I have enclosed a picture of a porcelain vase that belonged to my grandmother. It was hand-painted by a friend. The height is 13 inches and is marked "T & V -- Limoges -- France -- 1917." I am interested in your appraisal.
A: Your vase was made in Limoges, France, for Tressemanes & Vogt in the early 1900s. Limoges was a large exporter of porcelain, and the United States was one of their best customers. Also, blanks were shipped to the United States and decorated by amateurs. China painting was a favorite pastime for ladies of leisure in the early 1900s.
Your vase would probably be worth about $250 to $300.
Q: I have a stereo viewer and 66 stereo cards that belonged to my grandparents. The pictures are copyrighted from 1887 to 1904. Could you tell me the value of the viewer and the cards?
A: Viewer cards are also called stereographs and were introduced in the mid-1800s in America. They were visual documents of current events and also a source of entertainment. Prices for stereographs usually fall into the $10 to $30 range.
Rare or exceptional stereographs can soar in price as high as several hundred dollars. Sets also command higher prices. Condition, style, manufacturer and type of lenses all can affect the value of viewers. Most viewers are worth about $75 to $100 in good condition.
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