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 these bookends in Europe many years ago, Are they worth anything? Appreciate any info you can give.
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
Q: A friend gave me these little pots for Christmas. Each is
about 2 1/2 inches high and 3 inches across and holds about a
half-cup of liquid. Any info?
Q: What can you tell me about my floor clock? The dial is marked
Tiffany and Co. My research indicates that Tiffany did not make
clocks but had clocks made for them. Because it is painted in
chinoiserie, can I assume it was painted for the European
Q: How do I find replacement pieces for an inherited set of
Limoges Haviland? I have the Schleiger number but can't find
pieces. I'm beginning to think it was the only set made with that
pattern. I also need replacement Fostoria stemware. Where do I
Q: I inherited a Hummel Nativity set with the V and bumblebee
sign plus a 214. Just wondering if I should have it listed
separately on my homeowner's policy.
Q: Here are images of what the family has always called the
"Belter" chair. Is it Belter?
Q: I bought a ladies Jaeger-LeCoultre watch in Nassau in the
early 1960s. How do I sell it?
Q: I need to sell several late-1800s mourning items, including
jewelry, a hair wreath, pieces of clothing and many coffin plates.
Being new to the world of antiques, I have no idea how to
Q: I inherited a Raggedy Andy cookie jar marked "Twin Winton"
years ago. My 74-year-old sister remembers it from our childhood.
Is it an antique? Value?
Q: I'm looking for info on an oil lamp I inherited. Based on
research, I believe it is a George Gardiner lamp made in
Burlington, Ontario. Can you tell me about scarcity and value?
Q: I'd like to learn about my cast-iron banks and their value.
One is a pig, the other a kitten with a pink bow. Both are in two
parts and are held together with a screw.
Q: Do I have a Handel lamp? I had it appraised once, but I've
moved so often I can't find the appraisal. Is my other lamp a
Tiffany? Your column had a photo of a lamp that brought a huge sum
Q: My wife left many collector plates in their original boxes.
How do I sell them? One is DeGrazia's "Los Niños."
Q: Years ago, I bought a Rolex Oyster chronometer wristwatch in
the PX. I didn't like it because I had to change the battery. A
friend told me that Rolex didn't make many, so it is worth more
because it is rare. Your comment?
Q: What can you tell me about this little stove that has been in
the family for many years? I've always been told that it was what
salesmen carried to sell the regular size. It is very heavy.
Q: My pocket watch belonged to Mexican Gen. Miguel Miramón, who
served with Emperor Maximilian. He was executed alongside the
emperor. Value on the watch?
Q: I recently inherited silver plate pieces by differing
manufacturers. I've searched the Web and local library but cannot
find info on makers or possible value.
Q: I was a classmate of "Beat" poet Allen Ginsberg when we both
lived in Paterson, N.J. We were both in a school talent event when
we were 14. I have the original program with Ginsberg's name
Q: How old does a musical instrument have to be to have value?
My violins are dated 1714 and 1713.
Q: Can you tell me the value of three Limoges pieces I bought at
auction about 10 years ago? My wife and I love them, but I know
nothing about them.
Q: I have eight two-dollar bills dated 1976, bought for the U.S.
Bicentennial, and four bear postal cancellation stamps from New
York state. Do they have any value beyond $2?
Q: I bought a Hoody's pail peanut butter tin years ago. When I
see it now, it's priced from $500 to $800. Why is it valued so
high? Is there a collector's organization where I can find a buyer?
I won't get book value on eBay.
Q: My wife inherited a crystal tray given in the 1960s by the
French ambassador's wife. It has five doves surrounded by leaves or
ferns, and measures 17 3/4 by 12 1/16 inches. It weighs 10 pounds
and is marked "Lalique France." Value? What is the best way to
sell? It has a very small chip on…
Q: I found a Dr. Fisch's Bitters bottle in excellent condition.
The patent reads 1866, the glass is amber and the cork is intact.
How do I find out if it is original or a copy?
Q: I'm not into antiques or collecting, but this bowl and
candlesticks were wedding gifts to my parents in 1916. Mother told
me the gold was 24 karat. Any info?
I was given a bottle of champagne for a wedding gift, the same
cuvée served at Charles and Diana's wedding. How do I find value
and how do I sell?
I have a doodle self-portrait drawn by, signed and dated by
Ronald Reagan. Value?
My 97-piece collection of Royal Copenhagen dishes, including
unusual serving pieces, was bought about 50 years ago. I'm trying
to sell, but everyone offers little money. Am I better off
splitting the set, or selling in Denmark? I've eliminated selling
on eBay or at auction, or to Replacement…
I have a glove autographed by 11 Hall of Famers from Babe Ruth
to Joe DiMaggio. Would it add value if I also had a HOF third
baseman? All of the autographs have been authenticated.
Will Mercer and Stangl pottery sell best in New Jersey?
Q: My late husband served in World War II and was given his
choice of three things from the Nuremberg loot bins. One was
Hermann Goering's personal dagger. I feel guilty having it, as I'm
sure it would mean much to an institution/person. The grandkids
took the special ribbon from it.
Q: Years ago my mother gave me a piece of Hull Art pottery. I
have never seen another like it. Value?
This was given to me in the 1970s by an aunt. The platter is
almost 14 inches across. Who is the maker? Value?
We own several Wurlitzer jukeboxes from the 1950s. All are
original and in perfect condition. How do we sell?
Q: Our bronze bust from Vienna seized by the Nazis was restored
to the family after World War II. It is so heavy that I hid it in a
closet while the children were young because I did not want anyone
to get hurt! Is it valuable?
Q: I have a cane that was given to my great-grandfather by
President Abraham Lincoln. The black cane is 37 1/2 inches tall.
The handle twists off, and inside are four clear glass vials with
plastic lids that snap on. I want an appraisal so I can sell.
Q: I was by the 18th green when Arnold Palmer won his last
tournament. His caddy opened a ball box and tossed the empty toward
a trash can, but it did not go in. I made my way there and have the
Maxfli HT sleeve that held the last ball Arnie ever won with. Is it
Q: My mother gave me a Roseville vase in 1975 and told me to
take good care of it, as it may be valuable someday because the
company went out of business. It is jade green with lilies of the
valley. Can you give the name of a good appraiser of pottery?
Q: My original Popeye wristwatch is from 1935. The band with
Mickey and Minnie Mouse is a replacement, but it is old. The watch
works, but the crystal is a replacement. Value?
Q: I paid $5.25 for this silhouette at a Goodwill store. The
wooden frame is 10 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches. The silhouette of a
family is signed "T. Dempsey, 1847." Any information on the value
and the painter?
Q: I bought this Elvis Presley RCA record in the late '60s.
There's "Blue Christmas" on one side and "Santa Claus Is Back in
Town" on the other. It has the original jacket. Value?
Q: This cardboard periscope signed by golf greats including Jack
Nicklaus, Billy Casper and Tony Lema is from the 1964 PGA
championship. Value, and how do I sell?