Q: Are many people collecting egg cups these days? I have quite a few including old, new and commercial examples. Where can I find information on them?
A: Loaded with the information you seek is the Eggcup Collectors' Corner, published four times a year. It's available for $20, or $5 for a sample or back issue, from Joan George (to whom checks should be made payable) 67 Stevens Ave., Old Bridge, N.J. 08857. According to Ms. George, egg cups can range in value from less than a dollar to many thousands. The Winter 1995 issue of the newsletter contains articles on egg spoons and Victorian egg cups, plus lots more; send $5 for a copy.
Q: I have several place settings of blue Cambridge stemware. How can I find information on such glassware?
A: A knowledgeable dealer who buys, sells and deals in Cambridge glass and other Depression glass (for which she also offers a matching service) is Nadine Pankow, P.O. Box 207, Willow Springs, Ill. 60480. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, or phone (708) 839-5231 for an appointment.
Q: Where can I locate dealers or matching services to obtain ceramic dishes made by Sascha Brastoff in the "Surf Ballet" pattern? The company was located in West Los Angeles, Calif., and was called Sascha Brastoff Products Inc. which produced ** such handmade and hand-signed dishes in the early 1950s.
A: Brastoff's ceramic creations and dinnerware (including examples of the "Surf Ballet" pattern) can be found pictured in color along with their descriptions and prices in the "Collector's Encyclopedia of Sascha Brastoff -- Biography, Identification & Values" by Steve Conti, A. DeWayne Bethany and Bill Seay. It is available in a large, hardcover edition for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659. According to the authors, Brastoff created the design for his "dipped" "Surf Ballet" dinnerware in the late 1940s and continued to produce it until the late 1950s.
The "Surf Ballet" line came in numerous colors -- from creamy white to black swirled with real gold and platinum. The authors said they had no trouble finding it, and if you want to know how to locate matching services or sources to obtain the pieces you want, write them c/o More Gold, 256 S. Robertson Blvd., Suite 109, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90211, enclosing a long self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply.
Write Anita Gold, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope.