Q: I recently inherited a squash blossom set from the 1920s. I don’t know a thing about it, but I want to sell. Who would buy it?
Sent along with the query were several images of what appears to be a fancy ceramic liquor decanter with a decorative stopper. The bulbous jug has a small raised spout plus handle. The mug is a column with a handle. Both pieces are painted with a design of corncobs, kernels intact, on a dark…
Q: Attached are images of pieces from two tea sets. One set, a wedding gift in the early 1930s, is Asian. Another is gold-plated from Italy and was a gift around the 1960s. Do either have any value other than sentimental?
Q: What can you tell me about a treasure I’ve had for a while? It’s a carved elephant tusk about 26 inches long. It was made for Kate Smith.
QUESTION: What is the value of our silver service? It came from an estate sale in New York City. You can see that the service came from Vietnam. We think it’s heavy silver plate, not sterling. How can we sell it?
Q: I inherited pottery that’s part of a valuable collection. It has been in storage for years; it is too valuable to keep and I don’t want to display it in my home. How can I sell? Will selling be a problem, as the pieces were part of a collection?
Q: I inherited this vase from my mother but know nothing about it. Here are images, including the Japanese signature on the bottom. Info?
Q: I have the stretcher used to pick up the body of James Dean. I’m good friends with the director of the funeral home that did the job. I also have the tools used to prepare Dean for burial. Kind of morbid, but do these items have any value?
Q: We have two large museum-mounted ink etchings by Jose Miguel Pardo of Spain. In the late 1980s, he was the most sought after surrealist artist; his paintings sold for tens of thousands of dollars. I have little knowledge of the art market. How can I sell them?
Q: We received these Chinese silver spoons from an antique dealer as a wedding gift years ago. We were told that they are 19th century, from the Shen Xing dynasty. What is their value today?
Q: My grandfather bought this work by Charles Pont some time ago. It was signed by the artist in 1933 and is still in its original frame. How do I determine present value and how can I sell it? I understand that Depression art is hot now. Is that actually true?
Q: Any info on value for this Wedgwood basalt tea set left to me by a relative? If it is valuable, I want to sell.
Q: These vases have been in the family for years, but I know nothing about them. Any info on their origin and age?
Q: Can you tell me about these two Yoshitoku dolls my grandparents bought for us around 1982?
Q: My 82-year-old aunt has had these pink glass pieces for years. Any info on history and values? Are they collectibles?
Q: I recently came across this commemorative coin for the presidential election of 1864. The image of George McClellan is on one side; his running mate, George Pendleton, is on the other. Value? Is value more significant now that the anniversary of the election is approaching?
Q: We think the date on our paperweight is really great. Can you tell us anything about it?
Q: My husband found this while relic hunting. Can you ID it? It was found near Civil War, Revolutionary War and similar items.
Q: What is today’s value on my doll? She’s in good shape; there are no chips on her bisque head and there has been very little restoration. She has only a petticoat, but I have old material that could be used for clothing.
Q: I want to find out how much a walrus tusk scrimshawed by (name omitted) is worth. The tusk is 19 inches long.
Q: How can I tell if a cast-iron doorstop is old/antique or not? Some of the ones I own have a number and say “Hubley.” Some are painted and some are a little rusty. How do I determine value?
Q: Any info on my gas coin? It’s marked “Johnson Gasolene” and “Century of Progress, Chicago, IL.”
Q: Attached is the image of an old dresser that’s been in our family for a long time. My husband has not let me refinish it because it might have some value. It still has original drawer pulls and roller feet. I’ve refinished pieces before and really enjoy doing this. Your opinion?
Q: I’ve done Internet searches but cannot find any info on my two unopened cans of Chesterfield cigarettes from the 1950s.
Q: Several years ago, a friend gave me a lamp base marked on the underside, “Tiffany Studios New York, 629.” Written in black are, “F616 TTW” and the letter “M” in a circle.
Q: We’ve tried researching our antique cigar cutter online but cannot find any information. When you push down on a lever, a match flips up.
Q: Any info on my paintings signed Faleinell? Each is about 2 by 3 inches plus the frame. I'd like to know something about the artist, when they were painted, and value.
Q: My late father's estate includes 64 pieces of George Nakashima furniture. We have original correspondence between George N. and my father concerning the creation of one item.
Q: Are these paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) of any value?
Q: Any info on my vase marked, "Made in Japan"? It seems to be clay and is 11 1/2 inches tall. Note that the surface is not smooth.
Q: My mother bought this folding bed in the 1970s. It's marked "Bednet," but I can't find any info online. Is it a Murphy bed?
Q: Any info on this antique lamp I bought at an estate sale? There was no information furnished with it. I thought it was pretty. It's 27 inches tall, not including the chimney.
Q: I found three vintage sports pennants from the 1940s, but I can't find value for them. There's a reference book on pennant prices, but who wants to spend $18.95 for something you use once?
Q: I bought some beautiful paintings in Germany decades ago. I need to assess personal property for insurance purposes and all I can give my agent are rough guesses on their purchase price, which I think is far less than today's value.
Q: My aunt was a high-ranking officer in the Salvation Army. As such, she received many gifts from visiting dignitaries. One is a lithograph, "Approach to Mount Sinai," by Wady Barah 2/17/1839. My family had it framed in the 1950s. Any info?
Q: We bought this pair of fu dogs at an estate sale. What can you tell us about them?
Q: I bought this framed photo of John Lennon long ago at a yard sale. The man who sold it told me said it was a lithograph. The photo is marked, "1940-1980 Richard Avedon." Is it worth more than the $5 I paid for it?
Q: I'm hoping you can ID the artist who made my bronze squirrel. I've included images of the signature. Any info?
Q: I have seven paintings by John Fulton, also a collection of 8-by-10 pictures signed by him. All are about bullfighting. What are his paintings worth?
Q: I have many pieces of mismatched antique sterling flatware that have been in my family for generations. I'm trying to identify their patterns, manufacturers and years made for my grandchildren. I also want to tell them the function of some pieces. I think this piece was made by William Bl…
Q: We bought these bookends in Europe many years ago, Are they worth anything? Appreciate any info you can give.
Q: I own a certified Winston Churchill autograph on a photo of him in front of his home. It's quite valuable. The black signature on the gray portion of his belt has faded to the point that I can't see it. Is there anything I can do to darken the signature again?
Q: This shell bowl has been in my husband's family at least since the early 1900s. There's no label or any marks indicating its history. It would be so interesting to know something more about it. Can you help?
Q: A family member who collected Coca-Cola items for over 37 years passed away and left a collection of at least 50 boxes marked "Coca-Cola stuff." How do we go about selling everything? Can we sell everything at one price? Can we sell the items as they are, in sealed boxes?
Q: Can you tell us anything about a painting we've had stored for years?
Q: Any info on these unusual paintings? They came from my aunt, who was quite a traveler. They look Moroccan or Arabic to me. The center image is printed on heavy cardboard or wood card, and is raised for relief. How old could they be?
Q: My original ink and watercolor art is signed Ruthven Todd and numbered 26/70. There is a poem by Todd on the sketch. The Library of Congress has copy 4/70. I know this is an important piece. Should it be in a museum? How should I sell it? I need help.
Q: How do find I out what my small collection of antique lanterns is worth?
Q: I have amassed an extensive and rare collection - all related to Judy Garland. I want to sell it all. There are 150 albums, 40 books, and countless song sheets, magazines, photos, posters, etc. There has to be someone out there who'd cherish having this rare collection.
Q: I inherited the complete "Prince Valiant" comic strip, from
the beginning in 1937. Also letters from the strip's writer, saying
this is a more complete set than his. Everything is bound in book