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  • Tin Globes

    Q: I have started collecting tin globes that are meant to show the world or are used as banks or even games. Most are made by J. Chien or Ohio Art Co., both manufacturers of toys since the 1930s. I can now afford some better globes. What should I look for?



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  • German photograph Album

    Q: I’d like some information about an album of German photographs that my uncle brought back from World War II. He was in the U.S. Army and was part of a group that captured a guest house where Hitler had stayed. They took souvenirs from this property and I think this album is from that source. It’s like a yearbook but has no regular book covers. The preface page is dated 1941. The pictures show German war scenes and war office sessions. There is one photo and one sentence in German on each page. A stack of photographs is tucked inside. I’m not sure how much of this material exists in the United States. It may be important new material. What is the best path to take with this?



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  • Rosenthal Bowl

    Q: I moved and am trying to downsize. I have a bowl marked “Rosenthal, Germany” and “Studio Line” and signed by Bjorn Wiinblad. Is it valuable or should I let it go?



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  • Servants’ Bells

    Q: We bought an arts and crafts style home, built in 1913 in a historic district of San Diego. There is a round circle of brass about two inches in diameter in the middle of the dining room floor. There are three holes in the brass for prongs to be inserted. Could it have been a servant’s bell?



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  • Dionne Quintuplets Candy Dish

    Q: I have a Dionne quintuplets candy dish I think is made of silver. It has the faces of each of the girls when they were babies embossed on the bottom and their names on the rim. Is it worth anything?



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  • Rosenthal Tea Set

    Q: I have an old china tea set marked with crossed swords, a crown, and the letters “R” and “C.” I think it’s German, possibly from 1935 or 1936. Can you tell me who made it?



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  • Hans Wegner Chairs

    Q: A friend has ten Hans Wegner dining room chairs, eight side chairs and two armchairs. They were bought in Denmark in the early 1960s. They are wood with leather seats and backs. There is some cracking of the leather. Should the leather be replaced? Will this lower the value of the chairs?



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