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  • Swank Decanters

    Q: We found a set of three ceramic figures when my mother-in-law died. One figure is a man wearing a hat that says “Bourbon” and another is a man playing a guitar that says “Vodka.” The third figure is a Scottish man playing bagpipes with “Scotch” on the front. The heads of each figure pop on and off. Underneath each it says “Member of the Bar by Swank.” What can you tell us about them?



  • LeCoultre 59 Alarm Clock

    Q: I inherited a small alarm clock stamped “LeCoultre 59” on the base. “LeCoultre 8” and “Swiss” are printed on the face. It has a gold dial with black Roman numerals and is set in a brass and rose-colored mirrored case. The clock has a music feature, but it’s overwound. The clock is 3 inches high and 2 inches wide. What is it worth?



  • Gimbel Flyer

    Q: My brother-in-law gave me an old rusty ride-on toy. It’s blue, 24 inches long, and says Gimbel Flyer on the side. Do you know anything about this toy? I’m certainly not expecting a value equal to a new Corvette, but could you tell me if it’s worth anything?



  • John Monson Trunks

    Q: I have two old trunks, both from old houses. One has a three-inch brass plate that says “Monson Trunk Factory, Fargo, N.D.” The other has a certificate on the inside of the lid that reads “No. 8412, Manufactured by Monson Trunk Factory.” Could you tell me how old they are?



  • Coca-Cola Cooler

    Q: I have a small soft-sided Coca-Cola cooler that has two zippered compartments. The top compartment holds six 16-oz. glasses. The glasses are decorated with umbrella tables and chairs and are marked with an anchor on the bottom. What is this worth?



  • Society of United Irishmen Scarf

    Q: I bought a green scarf a few years ago that says “The Heroes of ’98” above a center picture of Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Pictured in the corners are William Orr, Robert Emmet, Theobald Wolfe Tone, and Henry Joy McCracken. Who are these men and what is it commemorating?



  • Takito Tea Set

    Q: I have a tea set that belonged to my mother and has to be over 100 years old. It includes a teapot, sugar, creamer, six cups and saucers, and six plates. They are hand painted with two men and a woman and have gold trim. There are gold dragon finials on the lids of the teapot, creamer, and sugar. The teapot and creamer also have gold dragons on the spout. The pieces are marked with two interlocking diamonds with the letter “T” inside of each of them. Who made this tea set and what is it worth?



  • Sprague & Carleton

    Q: When we lived in Keene, N.H., years ago we bought furniture from Sprague & Carleton, a local manufacturer. It was reasonably priced furniture that will outlast us. I understand the company has gone out of business. What happened?



  • I-OMMET Pitcher & cups

    Q: I bought a set made up of an angular pitcher, two flared cups, and a tray at a thrift store. It’s silver and the cups are gold inside. One piece is stamped “4Kommet” on the bottom and the other has “Kommet.” The pot is about six inches high, the cups are two and a half by two inches, and the tray is seven inches in diameter. Do you know when and where it was made and what it was used for?



  • Pyrography Box

    Q: My box has a floral design. It is stamped Pyro-Art Wood on the bottom. It is 14 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches and has a hinged lid. I would like to know if it has any value.



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