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  • Alice in Wonderland Cookie Jar

    Q: Can you give me any information about this cookie jar? It says “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” on the front. Alice is popping out of the roof, which is removable. It’s 12 inches high and is marked “Japan.”

     

     

     

     

     

  • Coverlet

    Q: I have a woven blanket and was wondering if you could tell me what it’s worth. It was made in 1828 by Sally Everett. When my Mom died, it was given to me.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Homenick Brothers Violin

    Q: Can you tell me if this violin is worth anything? It’s labeled “Homenick Brothers, York, Anno 1937.” Any help you can give me would be great.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Wedgwood Poterat Dinnerware

    Q: I have a set of beautiful 1914 Wedgwood Poterat tableware I wish to sell. There are over 50 pieces. I can find very little information about the dishes and have been unable to find more than a couple pieces for sale. How can I better research this before I put it up for sale? What is the best place to list it?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Queen Louise Vase

    Q: I can’t find any information about this mark anywhere. It has a shield with a lion holding a candle, the letters “GLH,” and the words “Made in Germany.” I bought the vase 20 years ago in an antiques shop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The lady in the picture is so beautiful and her dress seems very royal. What can you tell me about this vase?

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pirate Bookends

    Q: This pirate holding an old pistol is one of a pair of bookends that I was told were bought in Italy right after World War II. The body is brass, and the base is marble. The number 1195 is scratched on the bottom. Can you tell me who made these and the value?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Muddler

    Q: I inherited this froth maker from my great-aunt. Can you tell me something about it and how old it is? Does it have value as a collectible?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Barnum & Bailey Circus Poster

    Q: This Barnum & Bailey circus poster has been in my husband’s family for as long as he can remember, and he’s 68 years old. But he doesn’t know how old it really is. It’s 35 inches high and 43 inches wide. The poster was rolled up in a tube until the mid-1970s when his dad gave it to him, and he had it covered with Plexiglas and framed. The poster pictures the Wild Beast Division in a street parade. On the bottom it says “Strobridge Lith Co Cinti N.Y. & Lod,” I took the poster out of its frame and found it was glued to thin cardboard. There are lots of holes in it where metal brads held the picture into the frame. How can I tell if this is an original poster? What is it worth and how can we sell it?

     

     

     

     

     

  • "Happy" Cookie Jar

    Q: This cookie jar has been in my family since the early 1940s. The name “Happy” is inscribed in the front where the top half comes off. It says “USA” on the bottom. Any idea where it was made and how much it is worth?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Bank Pins

    Q:  While cleaning out my mother’s drawers, I found a box of Royal Ruth Bank Pins. The pins are about 1 1/4 inches long. The box reads “Made of Guaranteed Super Plated Steel Wire / Needle Points / No. 20 / 1/2 lb.” They look just like regular straight pins, but I’d like to know old they are and what “bank pins” were used for.

     

     

     

     

     

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