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  • Willets China

    Q:        I inherited my grandmother’s set of china. The dishes are decorated with red and yellow roses. Each one has an octagonal mark with “Semi W.M. Co. Porcelain” inside it. Can you tell me who made this china and how old it is?

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  • Bols Musical Wine Bottle

    Q:         I have an 11-inch frosted glass wine bottle with a music box built into the bottle’s recessed bottom. The bottle is marked “Bols” around the bottom, but the wooden bottom of the music box is marked “Bottle made in France, Musical unit made in Switzerland.” When the bottle is picked up, the music box plays. There’s a little pin on the bottom that winds the music box and stops the music when the bottle is set down. What is the history and value of this bottle?

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  • Elvis Presley Overnight Case

    Q :       My mother bought me an Elvis Presley overnight case in 1956. The copyright date of 1956 is on the bottom. The case has pictures of Elvis and his autograph on the cover and sides, blue trim and a blue handle. She paid $7 for it at W.E. Walker 5 & 10 cent store, where she worked. Can you tell me the value of it now?

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  • Clancy Roller Skating Toy Monkey

    Q:         I have a battery-operated roller-skating monkey called Clancy that was one of my favorite childhood toys. It’s hard plastic and is about 22 inches tall. Batteries fit into one of his shoes. His head moves from side to side and he moves forward when you put a coin in his hand or into his hat, which can be attached to his hand. What is Clancy worth today?

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  • Goodwin Vase

    Q :       I have a vase that my mother owned for many years. The top edge is gilt and scalloped and the vase has two handles. The mark on the bottom is “Usona” over a standing dragon with “Goodwin” underneath it. Unfortunately, one of the handles broke off so I’m sure it isn’t worth much, but I’d like to know who made it and how old it is.

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  • Kroehler Dresser

    Q :       My dresser belonged to my mother. She gave it to me many years ago. One drawer is marked “Kroehler, world’s largest furniture manufacturer, Permanized furniture.” I would like to sell it, but I don’t know how to go about it and how much to ask for it.

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  • Brownie Target Six-20 Camera

    Q:         My Brownie Target Six-20 camera is in excellent condition, never used, with the original box it came in. The camera is metal and the front is black and white with vertical lines. I’d like to find out how old it is and if film is still available. And how much is the camera worth?

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  • Children's Dishes

    Q:         I own a sectional Orphan Annie child’s plate with drawings of Annie in each of the three sections. It’s marked on the back, “Copyright 1935 King Features Syndicate, Inc., Made in Japan.” I’m a little confused, though, because Annie and her dog are identified in one drawing as “Little Annie Rooney and Zero,” not “Little Orphan Annie and Sandy.” She has straight brown hair, not red curly hair, and her dog is white, not light brown.

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  • "Rice" Porcelain

    Q:         Years ago I bought a box full of dinnerware made with rice carefully imbedded and baked into the porcelain. The rice pieces are translucent when the piece is held toward the light. The dishes are white with blue designs and blue dragons in the middle. The bottom of the dishes are marked “Made in China,” and there are Chinese characters above the mark. Can you tell me something about these dishes?

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