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Gingerbread House Is a Treasure


Q: This is a picture of a Victorian house cookie jar that I bought in San Francisco in 1978 and paid $35 for it. It was made by Treasure Craft and in perfect condition. It is brown with yellow trim and measures 12 inches tall by 8 inches wide by 5 inches deep. I have found many Treasure Craft cookie jars online, but cannot find this one.

I have been wondering if it has increased in value since 1978.

A: Treasure Craft was founded in Compton, California. They have made earthenware and stoneware since 1945. Alfred A. Levin founded his company, and most of his employees were family members. They made cooking accessories, canister sets, planters and cookie jars. Pieces marked "Treasure Craft" were earthenware, and those marked "Pottery Craft" were stoneware. They used paper labels or marks impressed in the mold.

Your Victorian Gingerbread house was made around 1970 and would probably be worth $100 to $125.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain hot chocolate pot that belonged to my great-grandmother. It is tall and narrow, has a lid and is decorated with multi-colored blossoms. The background is white with shades from pale green to aqua. It has been sitting in my china cabinet for years and is in perfect condition.

What can you tell me about it?

A: Reinhold Schlegelmilch made your chocolate pot around 1880.

They were located in Tillowitz, Silesia, Germany from the 1870s to 1956.

Your chocolate pot would probably be worth $175 to $200.

Q: I have an original F.B.I. Patty Hurst wanted poster. It is in very good condition. Do you have any information on its value?

A: Heiress, Patty Hurst, was kidnapped in 1974 by the Symbionese Liberation Army. She was held hostage and eventually became part of the group. Hearst was arrested after taking part in a bank robbery. President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence, and later President William Clinton gave her a presidential pardon.

If your poster only features Hearst, it would probably be worth $50 to $75. If it includes a group of the SLA and Hearst, it would probably be in the $150 to $350 range.

Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P. O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. To find out more about Anne McCollam and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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