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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 ...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

Antique or Junque: Water Bucket Bench Sat Outside the Kitchen

Q: This is a photo of an antique pine bench that belonged to my parents when they lived in Florida. When they gave it to me, they told me it was a water bench. It is approximately 17 inches high and 33 inches wide. Although I think it has been refinished, there are signs of it being used over the years. My parents have passed away, and now I ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Roses Blossom on Jardiniere

Q: This is a photo of a porcelain jardiniere that has been in our family since the early 1900s. It stands about 8 inches tall and 12 inches in diameter and is in perfect condition. It is decorated with hand-painted pink roses, trimmed with gold and has a reticulated rim. On the bottom, there is a crown above a circle with scrolled W's and the ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Purple Earthenware Saucer Is the Berries

Q: This photo is a close-up of a saucer that I have. It is 5 inches in diameter and has a small chip on the border. It is decorated with a floral pattern in dark purple; some of the leaves are green, and a few of the flowers are touched in dark pink. The mark on the back has a lion above the words "T. J. & J. Mayer -- Flower Vase -- Prize Medal ...Read more

Anitque of Junque: Turkey Platter Is out of the Woods

Q: This is a photo of a large, round, blue and white plate that I have. It is decorated with a big turkey in the center and large flowers with leaves on the rim. The plate measures 10 inches in diameter and is in very good condition. On the back is a mark of a man holding a sign with the words "Wood's -- Burslem -- England." Also, on either side...Read more

Antique or Junque: Lithograph Lights Up Collector

Q: Enclosed is a photo of our June 1999 purchase of a framed Thomas Kinkade lithograph. It is titled "The Garden of Prayer" and numbered 3528 of 3950. The print is 30 inches high by 40 inches wide. The frame is antique gold and measures 39 inches by 49 inches. We have the certificate of authenticity and additional original documents all in a ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Porcelain Grapes Are Lustrous

Q: I am enclosing a photo of a porcelain decanter and two small matching cups. They all are decorated with a satin finish. None is marked, but I believe they may have been made by Royal Bayreuth. They were purchased from an antiques shop approximately 40 years ago. It is a poor photo and doesn't portray the color accurately. The decanter is ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Owl in the Family

Q: This is a photo of a Rookwood pottery owl that has been in our family for generations. My great-grandmother collected figures of owls, and this one was a birthday gift from my great-grandfather. It is decorated with a matte blue glaze, stands at about 4 1/2 inches and is in mint condition. Marked on the bottom, below the Rookwood flame mark, ...Read more

Antique or Junque: Toy Plane Is the Bomb

Q: This Hubley metal toy plane with the original box was a gift to me around 1960, and it is in mint condition. It is a Navy Fighter Bomber and is model 495. Marked on the plane are the words "Hubley Kiddie Toy -- Lancaster, PA -- Made in U.S.A." On the box are words that state the plane has a transparent sliding canopy, folding wings, a ...Read more

Art Deco Pitcher Has Universal Appeal

Q: This is a photo of a blue ironstone pitcher with a removable lid. I bought it 20 years ago just because I liked the shape and color. It stands about 8 inches tall and is 8 inches from the handle to the spout. It holds 6 cups of liquid, and it is unmarked and in excellent condition.

I am trying to weed out things I don't need any longer, ...Read more

Court Cupboards First Seen in Tudor England

Q: This is a photo of an antique cupboard that is part of a complete dining room set. The set includes the cupboard, a dining table with leaves, a sideboard, six chairs and two chairs with arms. It is in excellent condition. It belonged to our grandparents in the early 1900s and has been passed down through our family. We plan to give the set ...Read more


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