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Armoire Reflects Two Eras

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique armoire I purchased from an antiques dealer in Los Angeles in 1990. I was told it originally was from England and made in the late 1880s. It is oak, and it has five drawers behind the left door and a pole for hanging clothes in the center, which I now use for a TV. For transport, it breaks into five parts: ...Read more

Winged Creatures Support Bar Cabinet

Q: This is a photo of a bar cabinet I purchased in St. Augustine, Florida. When opened, there are two surfaces for mixing drinks and storage for alcohol bottles, also. Each side opens, revealing places for glassware. The inside of the top lid and outside of the closed cabinet lid have carved Asian scenes in relief. The feet represent winged ...Read more

Harvesting Autumn Wheat

Q: Enclosed is a picture of my large collection of kitchenware. The pattern is "Autumn Wheat," and the maker is Hall's China Co. I have enjoyed the set for many years now but am ready to sell it. Antique dealers have told me it is too large of a collection for them to purchase it.

If you have any suggestions on how to start this process, it ...Read more

Indoor Plumbing Saw Wash Sets Go Down the Drain

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a washbowl and pitcher. The set also includes a large tureen with a lid. Each piece is decorated with sprays of pastel flowers against a white background that shades to green. The edges are trimmed in gold, and there are handles on the tureen. On the bottom of each piece is an eagle in a circle with the words "...Read more

Cash Register Value Is Diminished

Q: We have been spring-cleaning and found a few objects we don't want but are not sure if they have any value. In my letter, I have included a picture of a vintage cash register. It is metal with a wood frame, and it is not in good condition. The drawer won't open; the top marble plate is missing. The price keys are white with black numbers. ...Read more

Scudella Was Inspired by Tiffany

Q: The electric stained-glass lamp seen in this photo originally belonged to my grandparents. It had been in their home for as long as my mother and her siblings can remember. The stained-glass colors include bright red-oranges, orange, yellow and deep green. It has two light bulb sockets with pull chains and the original wiring. The overall ...Read more

Half-Doll Whisk Brooms Came in Handy

Q: I have owned the item seen in this photo for some time and really don't know what it is used for or if it has any value. The female figurine is porcelain and attached to the whisk broom. Her hair is blond, and she has rosy cheeks, a pink ribbon around her neck and a white top. I don't know what kinds of bristles were used to make the broom,...Read more

Dogs Won't Fetch Much

Q: I have included this picture of a pottery dog I am curious about. It is one of a pair, and I think they are Labrador retrievers. One is black, and the other is


yellow. They have been stored away for years, and we found them when we were doing some spring-cleaning. Each is about 5 inches long and 3 inches tall, including the base. ...Read more

Man on the Moon

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a porcelain plate commemorating the landing of the first man on the moon. On the back of the plate are the words "First Limited Edition -- Plate Serial Number - F-6369 -- First Man on the Moon -- July 20, 1969 -- Seven Seas Traders -- Minneapolis -- Made in Western Germany.

Can you tell me the value of my plate? ...Read more

Strawberries and Raspberries -- Oh, My!

Q: This is a photo of a clear glass, footed bowl. I had forgotten about it and found it while looking for a small bowl to serve raspberries. I bought it at an antique shop years ago just because it appealed to me, and I don't know anything about its history. It is decorated with strawberries, blossoms, leaves and vines and is in mint condition...Read more

Poppies Were Favorite Motif

Q: We are enclosing a photo of a dessert set that has been in the family for three generations. My husband's mother gave it to us, and she got it from her mother-in-law. The set is very thin china and consists of a cake plate, six cups, saucers and dessert plates. Each piece is decorated with orange and blue flowers, trimmed in gold and marked...Read more

Porcelain Mark a Symbol of Czechoslovakian Town

Q: This is a photo of a covered vegetable dish that is part of a dinnerware set my late husband inherited. The set is a five-piece service for 12 and includes a gravy boat, butter dish and large platters. It was purchased in 1930 and is in mint condition. Each piece is marked with a crown, crossed hammers and the words "Pirkenhammer - ...Read more


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