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  • Light Bulb with Glowing Crucifix Inside

    Q:         About 40 years ago, my uncle gave me an interesting light bulb with a crucifix inside it. The cross and the bulb both light up. Can you tell me when this was made and if it’s worth anything?

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  • Kittinger Tilt-Top Table

    Q:         Please tell me the value of a mahogany Killinger tilt-top tea table. It’s part of an estate inherited by my husband. I believe the Chippendale-style table dates from the 1930s or ’40s. It’s marked with the letters CW; between the letters is a sort of arrow topped by the number 4.

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  • J.K.W. Decor Bavaria Plate

    Q:        I have a plate that has a stamp on the reverse that says “J.K.W. Décor, Carlsbad, Bavaria” in an ornate circle of gold. There is a crown above the initials. The plate is 12 inches wide and has a gold rim circling a wide turquoise band with gold decorations. The picture in the center looks like a mirror image of the Jean-Francois Millet painting, “The Angelss,” showing a farm couple praying over their vegetables. Does this plate have any value?

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  • Bevo Beverage Tray

    Q:        I found two Bevo metal trays in my great uncle’s attic. They have a red border with the words “Bevo the beverage” at the top, “The All-Year-Round Soft Drink” at the bottom, and a center lithograph of a carriage pulled by six horses. A man in a suit is driving the carriage and a fox dressed in a suit is sitting backwards at the rear of the carriage. I have never heard of this beverage. Do you know anything about it? Are these trays worth anything?

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  • Trouser Press Dresser

    Q:         I am stumped by a piece of wooden furniture I inherited. It looks like a three-drawer dresser, but the dresser’s top and the hinged front of the top drawer lift up to reveal a trouser press next to a small storage bin. And the bottom drawer front opens on hinges, too. The only mark I can find is “Pat. No. 112843.” It’s impressed on both the press and the back of the dresser. The press can be unscrewed from the dresser. Can you tell me who made it, how old it is and what it’s worth? 

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  • Roy Rogers Dale Evans Lunch Box

    Q:         I have a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Double R Bar Ranch metal lunch box that pictures Roy on Trigger, Dale Evans waving her hat in greeting, and their dog, Bullet, running alongside. The back and sides look like wood grain and there is a “brand” on the back. Can you tell me when it was made and what it’s worth?

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  • Collectors Plates

    Q:         I inherited close to 100 limited edition collector plates when my parents died. The plates were made by several different manufacturers. Most of them are in their original shipping boxes with their original paperwork. Who is buying these plates nowadays? How can I sell them?

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  • Uncle Wiggly Board Game

    Q:         My father gave me his favorite board game from his childhood. It is called The Uncle Wiggily Game. I have the board, the pieces and the box. The board shows a map with numbered spaces, houses, trees, a rabbit (probably Uncle Wiggily) and other animals. Who made it? When? What is it worth?

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  • Vintage Handbags

    Q :        I have a few top-quality handbags and wonder what they’re worth. One is a Chanel that’s covered in little suede patches. Others are by Bottega Veneta, Pierre Cardin and Fendi

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  • Leonard Silk Co. Spool Cabinet

    Q:         My large, two-part, floor-standing spool cabinet has the words “The Leonard Silk Co.” and “Warehouse Point” on the side panels. It has two rows of seven glass-front drawers above two stacks of four drawers. And it still has some of the removable pegs that held spools of thread. What is its age and value?

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