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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

Victorian Side Chair Serves as Family Treasure

Q: I inherited the upholstered chair seen in this photo from my parents years ago. It is in perfect condition and has the original finish. I would like to know who the maker was, it's vintage and value.

A: You have a factory-made Victorian balloon back side chair. The balloon-shaped back forms an unbroken continuous circle with a medallion in...Read more

Style Is a Melange of Earlier Designs

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an antique chair I purchased in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. The elaborately carved frame is walnut. When I cleaned it with Murphy Oil Soap, the color really came alive. It was originally upholstered with needlepoint and stuffed with horsehair.

Anything you can tell me about the vintage and value of my chair will be ...Read more

Porcelain Dinnerware Decorated With Violets

Q: This is a picture of one of the plates in a service-for-eight dinnerware set we purchased when we lived in California. Each piece is decorated with purple violets in the center and smaller violets on the scalloped borders against a white background, trimmed with silver. The dishes are marked on the back with a crown above a shield and the ...Read more

A Plethora of Porcelain Was Produced in Occupied Japan

Q: This is a photo of a pair of porcelain figurines that belonged to my grandmother. Each man is playing a musical instrument, and they all are wearing 18th-century clothes. The overall height of each is approximately 5 inches tall, including the base. They are hand-painted and in excellent condition. Marked on the bottom of each are the words...Read more

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


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