Q: We have an enormous number of antiques, ranging from a 1920s baseball catcher's mitt to an early Bingo ball cage to a huge collection of 78-rpm records dating from the early 1930s. Then, too, we have one of the first Singer sewing machines, as well as beer cans, tobacco cans, early cameras, eyeglasses, flensing tools, harpoons, a Civil War rifle and bayonet -- the list goes on. What can we do with all our "stuff," as we are moving to Florida and can't take everything with us? We are in quite a pickle not knowing what to do, or how to inventory all of this, find out what our things are worth and how to sell them.
A: A terrific book that lists the names, addresses and phone TTC numbers of many collectors along with detailed descriptions of the thousands of specific items they want to buy for cold, hard cash is the revised and updated "Seventh Edition of Hyman's Trash or Treasure -- How to Find the Best Buyers of Antiques, Collectibles and Other Undiscovered Treasures" by Dr. Tony Hyman, available in a 576-page directory for $29.95 postpaid from Trash or Treasure, P.O. Box 3001-X, Pismo Beach, Calif. 93448. California residents add 8 1/4 percent tax.
The book comes with a free copy of "The World's Most Accurate Price Guide" which lists prices for more than 5,000 items along with the names and addresses of people who'll pay such listed (often hefty) amounts. If ordered separately, the price guide would cost $11.95 postpaid. Many folks use Dr. Hyman's guides to supplement their income, by hunting for specific items listed collectors want and often pay through the nose for to own.
Q: I have a sword bayonet about 30 inches long with a brass handle. It has a serial number on it and several other markings. It also has a scabbard, which is badly tarnished. How can I find out more about it?
A: To check out any old swords, bayonets or daggers for their history or value, or to sell such weapons, write Joe Florest, P.O. Box 48181, Niles, Ill. 60714. Enclose a photo or complete description of the piece, stating its length and any wording it has, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, cash offer or free appraisal. Mr. Florest especially wants Japanese swords.