Staffordshire Set Made in 1940 Q: Attached to my letter is a picture of a tea pot, cream pitcher and sugar bowl set. My mother-in-law had this set and when she passed away it was given to me. Marked on the bottom are the words "Gibson's - England." Each piece is decorated with a …Read more. Furniture Reflects Reform Q: Enclosed is a picture of our Eastlake table that was given to us on our wedding day 58 years ago. Originally it belonged to my husband's grandmother in Wisconsin. It has a white marble top that measures 28 by 20 inches, stands 30 inches tall, and …Read more. Barrister Bookcases Sold by the Section ANTIQUE OR JUNQUE BY ANNE MCCOLLAM RELEASE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015, AND THEREAFTER Barrister Bookcases Sold by the Section Q: I bought the oak bookcase seen in this photo at an estate auction 16 years ago. It stands 57 inches tall and is in very …Read more. Platter Exhibited in Brooklyn Museum Q: This is a photo of a platter that I found in my house when we purchased it. It has a stylized flower in the center and each petal is decorated with small blossoms. The border has small flowers with bands on either side. The flowers are deep blue …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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