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: Many years ago, we bought a Japp's potato-chip can at a flea market. Does it have any value?
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: I saw a small Pairpoint "puffy" lamp with lilacs, flowers and butterflies on the 8-inch shade. The base is tree-shaped brass. What is the price range for this fine specimen?
Q: Your column carried a photo of a Ben Franklin-signed deed that sold for $13,200. We have a document signed 1811 that grants land in Ohio to a family member. It's signed in two places by President James Madison and once by Secretary of State James Monroe. Is this of similar value? Should w…
Q: How can I find a home for a well-maintained circa 1920s upright piano? A local consignment shop was not interested at all. Several local churches have also turned it down. Any info?
Q: Around 1953, my parents bought a Heywood-Wakefield dining room set of a credenza, dining table and four chairs. While visiting Wichita, we visited a museum and the exact credenza I now have was on display. What is value on these pieces?
Q: We found this Underwood No. 5 typewriter while cleaning out my parents' home. What do you think it's worth? What's the best way to get maximum value? I think a good cleaning would indicate a gem. Best I can tell, it's in great working order.
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: I came by these steins in the 1970s when my landlady, an old woman from Germany, was cleaning out her shed and told me I could have anything I wanted. I took this box of steins. I've never seen anything like them. Any info?
Q: After a family member died, we found these bottles with 1942 pennies inside. Some are copper, but others are darker. I haven't found them anywhere on the Internet. Any info?
Q: We found these items after my father passed away. I know that two are powder horns. Can you give us any info on the rest of the stuff?
Q: My grandfather has two antique glass paperweights he wants to know about. He says the maker is Stanhope. I can't find any info on the maker. Can you help?
Q: I bought this chest at an estate sale. After some research, I discovered that the emblems are Imperial Russian double eagles. I haven't been able to find any other information. Is the chest military? What era is it from? Is it rare? Any information will help.
Q: We bought this pair of Erik Kramer lions about 25 years ago at a local auction. In the same sale, many Remington bronzes were sold, so we assume these lions have value. We're having a hard time finding info on the artist. Can you help?
Q: We bought these bookends in Europe many years ago, Are they worth anything? Appreciate any info you can give.
Q: This jar was given to a family member as a wedding gift in the 1920s. What can you tell me about it? It appears to have had a stopper, which is gone.
Q: Can you tell us about our pencil sketch titled "Dedicated to the Canoeists of America?" Does it have any value? It's been in the family more than 70 years.
Q: How does one find collectors? I'd like to sell two pairs of opera glasses passed down by my grandmother. They're in excellent condition. I'd prefer to sell to a collector rather than on the open market.
Q: I have seven cocktail forks from the historic Planter House Hotel in St. Louis, Mo. How do I find out if they have any value?
Q: My mahjong set dates from before the early 1940s. There are ashtrays at the ends of each rack. I've searched online for sets with ashtrays and found none. I've never seen another like it. How do I determine value, and how can I sell this unique set? The case is in sad shape.
Q: How do I find the value of three Webb Burmese vases? They have no maker marks, just a circle on the bottom.
Q: We inherited an old telephone switchboard. We can't find any serial numbers and have no idea how to go about selling it. Maybe Craigslist? Any ideas?
Q: I have old newspapers from the American Civil War that describe battles. How do I determine their worth?
Q: How should I sell two Icart prints in original frames that have been in the family for more than 60 years? Each is in excellent condition. I contacted several sources, but they were no help.
Q: Any info on a Pairpoint reverse painted lamp given to me by an elderly aunt? It's signed by a Pairpoint decorator. My aunt told me it was very valuable and would possibly sell for six figures in New York and for half that where I live.
An old friend recently gave me two pen-and-ink sketches by Pablo Picasso. They show a former lover of Picasso's, a Serbian countess named Countess Zamora. She was Picasso's mistress during the mid-'50s and went to Philadelphia after he passed away to take up with my friend. How can I sell it?
More than 30 years ago, I rescued a beautiful plaster bust from the trash at a public-library branch. The name "Barthe" is scratched into the back of the base. From my research, I am assuming that it might have been created by Richmond Bartha. I don't know how to determine if the bust has an…
These fishing reels belonged to my dad. We found them in a box marked "Antique." I know nothing about reels and have no idea how to find out if they have any value. Could you give me some direction on where to start?
We have a certificate for 40 shares of stock for the Tucker Corp., which failed. We'd like to sell. Would it be of value to a collector? Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated.
My husband was a professional orchestra musician who collected antique musical instruments. Since his death, I have many fine pieces to donate or sell. How do I start?
Q: I bought a white pitcher that I thought was made by the C.C. Thompson Pottery Co. But the mark on the bottom differs from their standard mark. Can you verify my mark?
Q: My husband died last year and left an assortment of very old rifles and pistols. Some are very valuable. I want them out of the house, and I don't want anyone to know they are here. How do I go about selling them?
Q: Have you ever Googled something and got zero hits? I've been looking for info on my grandfather's pocket watch made by Cook County Watch Co. for years, but when I Google or research, nothing comes up.
Q: What can you tell us about our cake platter inscribed Tiffany and Co.? How can we sell it for more than just the weight of the silver?
Q: Any info on my ceramic Buddha? It's from the personal shrine of a Japanese officer.
Q: I need an honest appraisal for this 1948 Mammy cookie jar.
It's 11 inches tall and has "McCoy" on the bottom. The paint is a
bit worn, but that's to be expected. Could you please tell me how
much this jar is actually worth and how to sell it at value?
Q: What can you tell us about this clock? The works are by a
maker in Frankfurt, Germany. We believe the casing may be
A: The vase seen in an image sent is a familiar shape from the
Steuben Glass Works of Corning, N.Y. A bulbous shape with rounded
shoulders, it's listed as mold No. 2683 in early Steuben catalogs.
See it on www.cardersteubenclub.org
Q: Any info on my sculpture, "End of the Trail," by James E.
Fraser? It's about 31 inches tall by 29 inches long.
Q: My Spalding baseball glove is from the early 1950s. There are
letters and the name of Joe Crovin or whatever, and the mark 166M.
Q: I can't find any prices for my Westwood Ware of California
bowl, plate and pair of candleholders. Can you help?
Q: This toaster has been in the family for several generations.
It's a Universal model, still functional, with the original
cloth-covered cord. Do you know anyone interested in buying it?
Q: Today's column involves a mystery. All that arrived were two
photos of a Native American silver necklace plus a blank sheet of
paper, probably to protect the photos. That's all.
Q: We'd like to sell our cut glass punch bowl. We don't want to
ship it, as it's very heavy. I can't find any signatures on the
bowl, and I've examined it thoroughly with a magnifying glass. Any
Q: Can you help me ID this vase? I've tried to find the pattern
and maker for years. I call it Drape, but can't find the real name.
Where can I learn about the vase? I've bought tons of reference
books but no luck. Is it art glass?
Q: I was given this china tea set from Japan as a child. It
dates from the early 1960s. Is it a collectible?
Q: My Lalique glass pigeons weigh about 5 pounds each. What can
you tell me about them? They date way back.
Q: Help! Any advice on how to sell my collections? I've amassed
hundreds of items related to covered bridges. I want to take a load
off my children.
Q: Any info on my three Chinese porcelain bowls? The marks show
they are from the Guangdong porcelain factory, 1875-1916. They are
floral garden style, in very fine condition.