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  • Walking doll
    Walking Doll

    Q: I would like to know the value of this “autoperipatetikos” doll. She has leather arms and hands and brass feet. There is a key on the bottom of the doll to wind her up so her feet move and she walks. The doll is in working condition. Is she valuable?

  • Rose Medallion plate
    Rose Medallion Plate

    Q: This pierced plate and a matching bowl were given to me by my grandfather. The plate is 9 by 10 inches and the lattice work border is 1 1/4 inches wide. The bowl is 8 by 9 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 inches high. There aren’t any marks on the bottom of either piece. What can you tell me about them?

  • Majestic radio
    Majestic Radio

    Q: I own a 1929 Majestic floor-model radio that still plays. I also have the original warranty. Should I refinish it? Would that affect its value? How much is it worth?

  • World's Fair postcard - front
    Expandable Postcard

    Q: This large expandable postcard has been passed down in my family. It has the years 1789 and 1939 on the front. When it’s closed, it’s 5 by 6 1/2 inches, but it accordions out to 25 inches long. When it expands, it shows an entire set of scenes at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. I have never seen another postcard like it. I’m interested in selling it but can’t find a value.

  • Miniature Empire chest
    Miniature Empire Chest

    Q: This small chest originally belonged to my great-grandmother, who was born in 1846. It’s just 24 inches high by 20 1/2 inches wide by 13 inches deep. We would like to know what it was used for and why each drawer has a keyhole. It’s not marked.

  • Seth Thomas clock
    Seth Thomas Clock

    Q: I have an old mantel clock I literally took out of the garbage (with permission) when my ex-daughter-in-law’s grandmother died. Stamped on the wood inside are the words, “Brass Clocks, Made and Sold by Seth Thomas, Plymouth Hollow, Conn., Warranted Good.” Directions for taking care of the clock are listed below this information. Can you tell me when this clock was made and what it’s worth?

  • Philip Morris bellboy
    Philip Morris Bellboy

    Q: This little guy was found among my grandfather’s things after he died. He immigrated to the United States and worked as a facility manager at various Chicago hotels from the 1920s through the ’50s. My mother says the figure is a bellman. One piece of “luggage” he’s carrying can hold a book of matches and the other is for cigarettes. He’s about 6 inches high and is made of metal with a composition or wood head. What can you tell us?


  • Baking powder tin
    Baking Powder Can

    Q: I have a crate containing 27 unopened tins of Dr. Price’s baking powder. The crate was shipped to the Yukon around 1959. On the side of each tin there’s a seal that says, “Highest Medal, Dr. Price’s Cream Baking Powder, World’s Columbian Exposition.” What is the value of these cans?


  • Mickey Mouse plate
    Mickey Mouse Plate

    Q: My dad gave me this Mickey Mouse plate when I was a baby, over 75 years ago. The mark shows it was used for a promotion for Bogle’s department store in Long Beach, Calif. I would like to know if the plate is worth anything after all these years.



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