Dinnerware Is Vintage American Beauty Q: Please help me out. I have sent you a photo of a coffee pot, a plate, and salt and pepper shakers. All I know is my mother got this when I was very young. Each piece is marked "American Beauty — Stetson." They are in mint condition, and I …Read more. Cookie Jar Stores Childhood Memories Q: Enclosed is a photo of the cookie jar that my aunt has had ever since I can remember, and I was born in 1948. It does not have any markings on it. I know it is from the nursery rhyme: "Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped …Read more. Ironstone Dish Is Over 170 Years Q: Enclosed is a photo of a blue and white covered meat dish. I received the dish last Christmas from my grandmother. Marked on the bottom of the dish are the words "Nankin Jar — Granite Imported China — R & M." There is also a mark that …Read more. Vintage Travel Poster Valuable Q: This is a photo of a vintage 1930s travel poster that belonged to my husband's great-aunt. She was a nurse on a cruise ship and collected the posters from her travels. The poster measures 24 1/2 by 39 inches. At the lower part of the poster is …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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