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Monk Figure Made by Van de Meulebroucke

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a monk figure that was given to me many years ago. It is made of some type of brown, bronze-colored stone and is slightly heavy for a figure this size. The monk is seated and holding a book in his hands. It is on a platform about a quarter-inch high, and the overall height is almost 8 inches. Impressed into the ...Read more

Porcelain Vase Made in France

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a porcelain vase that I've had for years. It stands about 7 inches tall and is 6 inches in diameter. It is decorated with hand-painted, beige flowers, vines and green leaves against a cream-colored background. The top has a raised, gold pattern between two gold bands. "J - P - L - France" is written on the bottom ...Read more

Collector Is Curious About Carvings

Q: The piece of furniture in this photo is at least 78 years old. I remember it as a small child and have always found a place for it in my homes. It has no markings to indicate the manufacturer or retailer. It was originally stained brown, and I had it stripped and refinished. It is 23 inches high and 12 inches deep. Are the carvings machine-...Read more

Antique Desk Is Something to Write About

Q: The antique desk seen in this photo was handed down to my parents and then to me a long time ago. I am 95, and I have never been able to find any information on the style, era or manufacturer. The desk has carved pulls and decorative wood spirals along the front and straight legs. There are keyholes in each drawer as well as on the top. ...Read more

Vintage Canister Set Was Made in Germany

Q: I was given the ceramic canister set seen in this photo almost 30 years ago. All 12 pieces are decorated with a geometric, blue design against a white background. Each container is marked "Made in Germany." Despite the age of the set, it is in mint condition.

What can you tell me about its age and value?

A: Your canister set was made in ...Read more

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


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