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  • Hatpin holder
    Hatpin Holder

    Q: I have a hatpin holder marked “RS” with a star in a wreath but doesn’t show any country. The marking is mostly red with some green in the wreath. Is this a fake? Can you give me any information on it?







  • Old Maid cards
    Old Maid Cards

    Q: Can you tell me what these cards were for? They have cartoon-like drawings of different characters, including Bowery Bill, Hasty Horace, Mrs. Peach, Sammy Swipe, and several others. They evidently came in pairs because I have two of most of the cards.






  • Royal Bayreuth pitcher
    Royal Bayreuth Pitcher

    Q: My husband has owned this Royal Bayreuth pitcher for years and we’re wondering what the value might be. It’s in pristine condition, no nicks, scratches, chips, or cracks. It’s about 7 1/2 inches high. Is it worth selling?






  • Silver bowl
    Silver Bowl

    Q: I discovered my  husband using this little silver bowl for filling our birdfeeder with seed. He's had it in the garage for who knows what other purposes. It’s marked “GM CO” over an anchor in a shield. Under that are the initials  “E” and “P.” I would love to find out what the markings on it mean. Hoping you can help.






  • Silver teapot
    Menorah Silver Mark

    Q: This silver teapot is marked with “SM” in a shield and a menorah in a circle. I haven’t been able to find the maker. Can you help? Also, what is the significance of the menorah?







  • Noritake dresser tray
    Noritake Dresser Tray

    Q: I bought this Noritake dresser tray at a garage sale for $2. Can you give me a value on this?







  • The Pearl Typewriter
    Pearl Typewriter

    Q: I didn’t even know what this was, but someone online had it on his “wanted” list. It says, “The Pearl Typewriter, Patented May, 12.91.” I sent him photos and he offered me $1,000. (Had he said $100 I would have sold it and never looked back.) Well, I figured I better do some research, so I found another person who knew about typewriters and he also offered me $1,000. What should I do? I’m not into antiques but I don’t want to be stupid. Any information or help would be greatly appreciated.





  • Rosie the riveter doll
    Rosie the Riveter Doll

    Q: My sister-in-law bought this Rosie the Riveter porcelain doll in the 1980s and I inherited it. The doll is marked “Norman Rockwell, 1986, The Curtis Publishing Company, Signature Collection, Porcelain, Made in Taiwan.” The doll is 13 inches high. Can you give me information and value?






  • Wm. L. Gilbert clock
    Gilbert Clock

    Q: This clock belonged to my grandmother and I think it’s around 100 years old. There is a partial label on the bottom that says “Plaza, Manufactured by Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winsted, Conn., U.S.A.” Does it have any value?






  • Mehlem dish
    Mehlem Dish

    Q: I found this thing in my home. I don’t know what it is. I heard my dad found it underwater when he was diving.







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