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  • Atlas Furniture Company

    Q My mother has my grandparents' desk. It is kneehole style, with a curvy front, two drawers on each side and a drawer in the middle. The label on the back reads ''Cherry and Maple / Atlas Furniture Co., Jamestown, New York.'' What is it worth?

  • Reinhold Schlegelmilch Porcelain

    Q I have a porcelain dish decorated with pink and yellow roses and leafy border. It has scalloped and beaded edges. The mark on the bottom is a star above ''RS Prussia.'' The letters are in red and there is a green wreath between ''RS'' and ''Prussia.'' Who made this dish and how old is it?

  • Disney Animation Cels

    Q I'm writing on behalf of the owner of 46 original Disney animation cels he wants to sell. Most are in frames, a few are comics drawings. Most of the cels were purchased during the mid 1990s from Christie's and Sotheby's.

  • Whitehead & Hoag Hygeia Medal

    Q I'd like to know something about a medal that pictures a classically dressed woman with a serpent entwined around her arms as she holds a bowl. The bowl says ''American Medical Association, Boston 1906'' on the front and ''The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J.'' on the back. The medal is attached to a ring and hung on a green ribbon with gold letters that says ''Guest, A.M.A.'' What can you tell me about it?

  • Norman Rockwell Collector Plates

    Q My daughter was given two Norman Rockwell collector plates 25 or 30 years ago and never displayed them. One plate is entitled ''Balcony Seat'' and the other is ''Quiet Reflections.'' They are still in the original boxes. What are they worth?

  • Orange Crush Bottles

    Q I found an old Orange Crush bottle that's made of ribbed clear glass. It says ''pat D July 20, 1920'' on the front and "Crockery City Farms Ice Prod.'' on the bottom. It's in excellent condition other than a little dirty. Is it worth anything?

  • Lalique Ceylon Vase

    Q I own an older Lalique vase, 9 1/2 tall, with four pairs of frosted parrots perched on arched branches, signed R. LALIQUE, N:905 on the base. Please advise me of the value of the vase.

  • Order of the Indian Empire

    Q I'd like information about a plate that has a flower-like symbol on the front with the words ''Imperatricis auspiciis'' around a picture of a person wearing a crown. The plate is marked on the back ''Cauldon Ware, Trade mark William Whiteley, universal provider, Westbourne Grove London W, Cauldon England.'' What does this symbol represent?

  • Paper Dolls

    Q My sister and I have a first edition of ''Paper Dolls and How to Make Them, A Book for Little Girls'' by Anson D.F. Randolph. It says ''Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1856.'' The book has plates of dolls and doll clothes in color and black and white. We'd like to know how to go about selling it.

  • Anchor Brand by Lovell Manufacturing

    Q I'm curious about the history of an old Anchor Brand wringer I have. It's made of wood and has two large metal ''screws'' on top and a metal crank handle. The wringer is about 16 1/2 inches high and 26 inches wide. There is a lot of printing on it including ''Enclosed cog wheels, patented May 5th, 1896, prevents soiling of the clothes.''

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