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  • American Character Doll

    Q:         My mother bought a beautiful American Character doll for my 9th birthday in 1932. The doll’s eyes open and close and her mouth is open in a smile that shows her teeth. She can’t say “Mama” anymore, but other than that she is in fine shape. Can you tell me her present value?

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  • 20 Mule Team Borax Model Set

    Q:         Could you please tell me the value of a plastic model set of a Borax 20-Mule Team? We have an unassembled one we mailed away for when we were kids in the mid 1960s. The wagons are light blue and the animals black. There’s also a paper insert that explains the history of the 20-Mule Team.

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  • Aladdin Lamp

    Q:         I have an Aladdin lamp that has been in our family for generations. The knob on the burner is marked “Mantle Lamp Co., Nu-Type, Model B, Aladdin, patents pending, Made in U.S.A., Chicago, Ill.” It has a green glass shade with a landscape design on it. I’d like to know more about it and how old it is.

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  • Stangl Pottery Thistle Dishes

    Q:         I have eight place settings of Stangl Pottery’s Thistle pattern dishes, plus serving pieces. Can you tell me how old they are and what they’re worth?

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  • Child’s Rocking Chair

    Q:         I was given a child’s rocking chair over 40 years ago. I would like to know more about it. It’s stamped “Gardner’s Patent, May 21, 1872.” It is wood with brass tacks and has holes in the seat in a pattern of a star in a circle. Can you tell me something about the maker, age and value?

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  • Mittenwald Violin

    Q:         When I was a young boy, my grandfather gave me a violin he said was very valuable because it was a genuine “Mittenwald.” Stamped inside the instrument it says, “Joan Carol Kloz, in Mittenwald, An. 1788.” I searched the Internet and found that Johann Carol Klotz (1709-1769) was a violin maker in Mittenwald. However, the names are spelled differently on my violin and the date doesn’t fit. What do you think? Is this a valuable violin?

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  • Higganum Cider Press

    Q:         I inherited an old cider press from my uncle. Stenciling on it reads, “The Higganum Mfg. Corporation Manufacturers, Higganum, Conn., USA.” It still works. We made cider with it the other day. Can you tell me anything about its history and value?

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  • Tinsel Art

    Q:         I have an 8-by-10-inch painting by A.E. Hayes. I have been told that it’s an example of “tin foil art.” It’s in a very old frame and the back is sealed with old tape. If I remove the tape, I’m likely to ruin the painting. Can you tell me how this painting was done?

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  • Maddox Table Co. Desk

    Q:         I own an old wooden desk with a flip-down top hiding several pigeonholes. A paper sticker on the back says “Maddox Tables.” Please tell me something about the maker and the desk’s value.

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  • Singletree

    Q:         We are looking for information about an item that’s hanging on a wall in a restaurant in Doon, Iowa. It’s a semicircular piece of wood about 48 inches long. The ends are 24 inches apart. It’s marked “Louden’s Patent, October 30, 1895.” It looks old. What is it and what was it used for?

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