Our friend wants to sell a collection of Peruvian and Ecuadorean antiques and artifacts which her husband collected. Many pieces date back to the Inca civilization. Who might be interested?
A knowledgeable fellow who buys, sells and answers questions regarding such pieces is Kip McKesson. Write him, enclosing sharp photos of the items, c/o Global Imports Gallery, Antique Traditional Art & Jewelry From Around the World, P.O. Box 4943, East Lansing, Mich. 48826.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply, or phone him at (517) 337-6030 or fax him at (517) 337-5655. Or stop and see him and his selection of African and other antiques at the Sacred Heart Antiques Show & Sale at 6250 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago, which opens with a gala preview party Oct. 26. Phone Jennifer Lautens at (312) 263-4313, or the Sacred Heart show at (312) 262-4446.
I have a cookie jar marked "Peek-A-Boo Copyright Van Telligen" and shaped like a bunny. It has two hairline cracks. I also have a Pillsbury Doughboy cookie jar in perfect condition, as well as a 12-inch oval platter, in the Blue Willow pattern made by Buffalo Pottery, that's perfect. How can I sell them?
In perfect condition, an 11 3/4 -inch-high "Peek-A-Boo" cookie jar designed by Ruth Van Telligen, is worth between $1,400 and $1,500. It would be worth less if flawed. A perfect Pillsbury Doughboy cookie jar marked "Copyright 1988 The Pillsbury Company" is worth between $45 and $50 according to "The Wonderful World of Cookie Jars -- A Pictorial Reference and Price Guide" by Mark and Ellen Supnick, which pictures more than 3,500 jars with their descriptions, makers and current values, in a 432-page edition for $36.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
Your perfect 12-inch oval Buffalo Pottery platter is listed as being worth $110 in the 1995 revised and updated "Official Price Guide to Pottery and Porcelain -- Eighth Edition" by Harvey Duke, available for $18 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
Send your questions to Anita Gold, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Not all letters can be answered.