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  • "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.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Christmas Pyramid

    Q: What is this called? It’s made of wood, has six candleholders on the base and a propeller at the top. The three layers revolve when the propellers are turned. It’s 20 inches tall and 9 inches wide. Does it have any value?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Streamliner Sled

    Q:  I bought a sled a few years ago at an estate auction in Pennsylvania. It was totally blackened from attic storage but after cleaning, it turned out to be in wonderful condition. The sled is named “Streamliner” and has a graphic featuring a train. The length is 4 1/2 feet. Can you tell me the manufacturer and perhaps a value?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

    Q: We have a salt and pepper set of very heavy metal (pewter??) and have never been able to find out anything about them. They have raised colonial scenes on all sides and have “D.S.P. Co. 202” stamped on the bottom. Is there anything you can tell us about them?

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gum War Cards

    Q: My Dad collected “war cards” as a young boy. I have close to 350 of them in good condition. They cover the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War and the Italian invasion of the Northern states of Africa. The backs of the cards say “To know the HORRORS OF WAR is to want PEACE” and each gives a description of the event on the front. The cards are 3 1/8 by 2 1/2 inches. I have some duplicates. I can’t find anything about them. What are they worth and where can I sell them?

     

     

     

     

     

  • German Pottery Pitcher

    Q: Can you tell me who made this German pitcher and the possible value? It has raised pictures of deer and hunters. On one side there is a quote from Martin Luther, “Wer nicht liebt Wein, Weib und Gesang,” which is German for “He who loves not wine, woman and song.” I can’t read the wording on the other side. There is a blue stag’s head under the spout. There isn’t a mark on the bottom.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Chelsea Radio Clock

    Q:  I bought this brass clock at a house sale about 70 years ago from a man who was in the Navy during World War II. He thought it came from a naval message center. It is 7 inches across, has the name “Chelsea” on it, and it works perfectly. I’m wondering what the markings mean. Can you tell me anything about it, including its value?

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Silver Tankard

    Q: Can you tell me what the markings stand for on this silver tankard? I searched your website but couldn’t find anything resembling the markings.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Dragon & Lotus Carnival Glass Bowl

    Q: I inherited this Dragon & Lotus carnival glass bowl from my mother. I would like to know what color this is and the bowl’s approximate worth. Any information you can give me would be helpful.

     

     

     

     

     

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