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Antique or Junque: Gold Coin Was Minted in 1928

Q: This is a photo of an antique gold coin that I have. It is mounted in an 18-karat gold bezel and has a 16-inch, 14-karat gold rope chain. On one side there is the image of the American eagle with the words "United States of America -- In God We Trust -- 2 1/2 Dollars - E Pluribus Unum." On the other side is the profile of a Native American in...Read more

Antique or Junque: Family Treasure Rocks

Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique rocker that has been handed down in our family. It belonged to our great-grandmother. She passed away in the late 1930s, so it must be close to 100 years old. It is oak, and it has the original leather seat and decorative carving on the back.

Our rocker is a family treasure. We always refer to it as "...Read more

Antique or Junque: Silver Crest Dish Made for Bonbons

Q: This is a photo of a small milk-glass candy dish that was given to me in 1959. Although the dish is milk glass, the ruffled edge is clear glass. It is over 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height, and it is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's name on it, but I think originally there was a Fenton Glass Co. label. I am ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Chests Gave Young Women Hope

Q: I have enclosed a photo of a red cedar hope chest that belonged to my paternal grandmother. She was born in 1893 and died in 1977. She lived most of her life in Osceola, Nebraska. On the bottom of the chest, there is a seal with the words "Roos Mfg., Co. 967 W. 20th St. Chicago." There are copper brackets on the lid, and the overall condition...Read more

Antique or Junque: Cabinet Is on the Cusp of Arts and Crafts Era

Q: This is a photo of an antique oak cabinet that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother. There are four adjustable shelves on each side and behind glass doors. The approximate dimensions are 60 inches tall, 17 inches deep and 50 inches wide. Other than being refinished, it is in excellent condition.

Do you think it has any value?

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Antique or Junque: Chair Carving Featured North Wind

Q: We have enclosed a photo of a mahogany wood chair that is decorated with unique carvings. We believe it is the face of the North Wind, and it has never been refinished. It originally belonged to our father-in-law's grandmother.

We have been wondering if it has any value.

A: Your side chair was made circa 1900. Wood chairs like yours were ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Famille Rose Porcelain Made in China

Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain teapot and a pair of matching cups and saucers. They are decorated with pink flowers, birds and figures against a white background. I inherited them from my grandmother at least 40 years ago, but I know nothing about their history, vintage or value.

Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated.

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Antique or Junque: Clock Stands the Test of Time

Q: This is a photo of an antique key-wind brass clock that has been in my family for several generations. It stands at about 10 inches tall, has beveled glass on all four sides and both the front and back can be opened. The face is porcelain and is marked with the letter "A" in a square and has Roman numerals. On the lower portion of the face ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Image Spitting Was Gross

Q: Enclosed is a spittoon -- I think that is what it was called -- and it was given to us in 1990 when an elderly friend moved out of the home she had been born in. She was 88 years old at the time and said it was her father's, so it must be over 100 years old. Now we are downsizing and wonder if this has any value other than as a conversation ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Marble-Top Stand Made in China

Q: I bought this antique plant stand at an antiques auction almost 40 years ago. It is in very good condition, and it is about 36 inches tall with a pink mark on top. It appears to be decorated with hand-carved flowers. The underside of the marble is marked with Asian script.

What can you tell me about my stand, and what might be the insurance ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Electric Santa Ornament Lights Up 4 Generations

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a Santa ornament. He is about 9 inches tall and made of plastic with a metal back. There is an electric cord, and he lights up when it's plugged in. His metal back is flat, so he can be hung on the wall or can stand on a shelf or table. All is in very good condition, including the electric cord and plug. There are no ...Read more


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