Pitcher Is Circa 1920 Q: Attached is a photo of a porcelain pitcher that I've had for many years. It stands about 7 inches tall and is about 5 1/2 inches at the fullest point. It is decorated with hunting scenes on both sides — with dogs, horses, riders and trees …Read more. Porcelain Dinnerware Purchased in Germany Q: This is a picture of one of the porcelain dinner plates in my set of china. The set is a service for 12 and includes two serving bowls (one is covered), two platters and a gravy boat. The borders are pale green and decorated with small bunches of …Read more. Unusual Chair Is Creaky Q: Enclosed is a photo of a chair that we recently purchased because it was so unusual. Although it is intact, it is a little creaky and wobbly, so we will not allow anyone to sit in it. Could we have something done with it to make it less fragile? …Read more. 1876 World Fair Inspired Crazy Quilt Q: This is a photo of a handmade quilt that I have. It was made with geometric shaped pieces of velvet in a variety of colors and has a velvet border. Each piece is decorated with embroidered designs. It is signed on the back with the name and date "…Read more.more articles
Collectors Snap up Vintage Alligator Bags
Q: I have enclosed a photo of a clutch bag that was given to my mother approximately 60 years ago. The inside flap is stamped "Genuine Alligator — Made in Cuba." Measuring around 10 inches by 7 inches, it has a detachable shoulder strap and is still in excellent condition.
Could you please tell me its value?
A: Vintage alligator handbags are collectible. Your pre-Castro/revolution clutch bag would probably be worth $200 to $300.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain young woman figurine. Standing 9 inches tall, she is wearing a blue gown and holding a basket of flowers.
Anything you can tell me about the mark and value of my figurine will be appreciated.
A: Located in Czechoslovakia, Amphora Porcelain Works made your figurine around 1918. Czechoslovakia existed from 1918 to 1993. It is now the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Similar figurines are seen in antiques shops in the range of $125 to $175.
Q: We have a china cabinet that was made by Heywood-Wakefield. It has a champagne finish and is part of their Modern Line. With the top separate from the base, the cabinet has two open shelves, and the lower part has two wood doors with square handles. We have owned the cabinet since 1950, and it is in mint condition.
Does it have any value?
A: Heywood-Wakefield Furniture Co.
Your china cabinet would probably fetch $800 to $1,500 in an antiques shop.
Q: I have a red metal "Fire Chief" pedal car that was given to me when I was a child in the late 1960s. It is model "503." Even though it has some signs of wear, it is in good condition and has the original finish and tires. It measures 34 inches long, has the original bell on the hood and was made by the American Machine Co. (AMF).
Could you please tell me what it is worth?
A: "Fire Chief" metal pedal cars, made by AMF, are in the range of $350 to $400.
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