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  • Root Beer Mugs

    Q:         I have two child-size glass root beer mugs from the 1960s. They are each 3 inches high. One is stamped “A&W Root Beer” with a circular design. The other has a red printed design that says “Dog n Suds” and pictures a dog holding a tray. I remember my dad getting me a kid-sized root beer in them. Do you think they’re worth something?

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  • American of Martinsville Dining Room Set

    Q:         Could you tell me the value of a set of dining room furniture made by American of Martinsville? The walnut set, which was purchased new in 1942, includes a table, six chairs, sideboard, china cabinet and hutch.

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  • Kosta Art Glass Vase

    Q:         Years ago I was given a very heavy glass vase. It’s 6 inches high by 4 1/2 inches wide and is made of black cased glass within clear glass. The etched mark on the bottom is “Kosta 1556/046.” I’m wondering what the vase is worth.

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  • Cut Glass Vase

    Q:         I have a cut glass vase that is 20 inches tall and very heavy. It was my mother’s and I’m wondering what the value would be. There are no markings to show who made it. It has a cracked handle.

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  • Coin-Operated Bowling Alley Game

    Q:         I own a 1950s coin-operated bowling alley game. It’s 14 feet long and was made by United Manufacturing Co. of Chicago. It has scoring displays for six bowlers and was made in two sections so it can be transported easily. The game is 11 feet 2 inches long, 28 inches wide and in good condition. Please tell me what it’s worth and how marketable it is.

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  • Cigar Band Art

    Q:         I have a very old glass plate that my great-grandmother gave me when I was 10 years old. That was 73 years ago. It’s decorated with cigar bands on the back with a man’s picture in the center. The back of the dish is covered with a felt-like material glued over the bands and center picture. Can you tell me how old it is and if it has any value?

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  • Huntley Dining Room Set

    Q:         I have a dining room set that includes a French Provincial table with three leaves, a china cabinet with glass doors, six chairs and one armchair. All the chairs have been re-covered. A tag on the bottom of one of the chairs says “B.F. Huntley Co.” The entire set was purchased at an estate sale in the 1970s. When were these pieces made and what might their value be? I’m going to sell them before we remodel.

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  • Preserving Silver

    Q:         My grandmother, who was born in the late 1800s, had some pieces of silverware that I now own. I would like to preserve them and display them in a shadow box for my children. Is there something I can put on the silver to keep it from tarnishing?

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  • The Hoosier Group

    Q:         My husband’s grandfather’s uncle, named Otto Stark, was of German descent. He lived much of his life in the Indianapolis area and was belonged to the “Hoosier Group.” We have a few pieces of his work and wondered if they would be of any value.

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  • Hummel Print

    Q:         About 25 years ago, I bought an “M.I. Hummel” signed print of the Madonna for $12. It’s 12 by 18 inches. My children had it framed for me. My daughter tried to search online for information about Hummel prints, but all she could find were figurines. Can you help?

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