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  • Doll-Size Rocking Chair

    Q:         I inherited my grandmother’s doll-size rocking chair, which has been in our family for years. The back and seat are made of one continuous piece of thin wood attached to the frame with brass tacks. The back has a punched-hole design that includes the word “Pet” in capital letters and the letter “Y.” The seat has a punched square with a star in a circle inside it. Can you tell me who made this chair and how old it is?

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  • Wilro Leather Card Case

    Q:         I have a leather card case marked “Wilro Shop.” Can you tell me something about the maker and possible age of the case?

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  • Wings Cigarettes Premium

    Q:         I have about 100 different-colored airplane cards that were packaged in Wings cigarettes during World War II. They picture U.S. and Royal Air Force warplanes with identification and other information on the back. The cards are 2 by 2 1/2 inches. What are they worth?

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  • Copper Barrel

    Q:         I’m trying to find information about my old copper barrel. It’s stamped “Lippincott, 8 gal.” and “916 Filbert St.” It also has an eagle on it and the abbreviation “Phila.” Can you tell me who made the barrel and how old it might be?

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  • Stafford Desk

    Q:         About 40 years ago, I bought an oak lawyer’s rotary desk at auction. It was in awful condition, having been used in the office of a grain elevator for many years. I refinished it and used it as my office desk for many years. One side section of the desk swivels and the other side has a large drawer for files. Pasted inside one of the small drawers is a form for ordering accessory items from the E.H. Stafford Desk Co. of Muskegon, Mich. Any history?

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  • Czech Canister Set

    Q:         I have a 14-piece set of kitchen canisters that are the color of mother-of-pearl. They’re decorated with gold trim and red roses. There are six large canisters labeled Coffee, Rice, Oatmeal, Flour, Sugar and Tea; six smaller canisters for spices labeled Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Allspice and Pepper; and two cruets labeled Oil and Vinegar. The marks on the bottom are “Ditmar Urbach” above a star, the letter “Z,” an image of a wing and “Made in Czechoslovakia.” When were they made and how much are they worth?

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  • Camera Used During World War I

    Q:         My father served in the British army in World War I. I have his camera and case in excellent condition. Please tell me what the camera is worth and any other information you might have.

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  • Pelouze Scale

    Q:         I paid $50 for a hanging scale I bought at a yard sale. The scale says, “Pelouze Mfg. Co., Makers, Chicago, USA, patent pending.” It can weigh items up to 20 pounds. Can you tell me its possible value?

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  • Brass Letter Opener

    Q:         I have a heavy brass letter opener marked “Harlow, Breed & Cooley Wool, 184 Summer St., Boston.” Does it have any value?

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