Antique or Junque from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 28 Feb 2020 06:59:52 -0800 Antique or Junque from Creators Syndicate 1db95efe2c318d7fccbf437012e4453d Egg Cup Does Double Duty for 02/28/2020 Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique milk glass double egg cup. It stands about 4 inches tall, has a basket weave pattern and is in mint condition. On the inside of the small part are the words "Pat'd June 30th, 1874." When I hold the cup to the light, I can see a red-orange flame quality to the glass.</p> <p>I have had it for over 50 years and would like to know more about its maker, age and value.</p> <p>A: Your opaque double egg cup is a good example of antique opal milk glass. The flame you see when the cup is held to the light is similar to fire opal stones. The smaller portion of the cup was used for placing a soft-boiled egg, and the larger part is for an egg that has been broken. The patented date, "June 30th, 1874" documents when the pattern was registered with the government. Atterbury Glass Co. made your cup. They were in business in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, from 1859 to 1902. Their basket weave pattern was available in several other pieces that include cream pitchers, candy dishes and sugar bowls. Opaque milk glass was also made in blue and green. Whimsical milk glass pieces were made in the late 1800s. Covered chickens, covered ducks and animal figures appeal to collectors of milk glass.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> 26f93c80323d4039d6ffc2669c54770b Gold Coin Was Minted in 1928 for 02/21/2020 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of an antique gold coin that I have. It is mounted in an 18-karat gold bezel and has a 16-inch, 14-karat gold rope chain. On one side there is the image of the American eagle with the words "United States of America &#8212; In God We Trust &#8212; 2 1/2 Dollars - E Pluribus Unum." On the other side is the profile of a Native American in a full headdress, 13 stars and the words "Liberty &#8212; BLP &#8212; 1928." My grandfather gave it my mother when she was a child in 1928. It is in excellent condition.</p> <p>I would never part with it, but I'd like to know more about its history and its insurance value.</p> <p>A: The 2 1/2-dollar gold coins were minted in Philadelphia from 1908 to 1929. The letters "BLP" represent Bela Lyon Pratt, the Boston sculptor. He designed the image of the Native American and the American bald eagle. Pratt was born in Connecticut in 1867 and studied his craft with United States Mint coin engraver, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Because the details of the design were indented into the gold, people were concerned that it would harbor germs. It didn't. The 13 stars represent the 13 original colonies.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> f1d44f7050f49c610cf24eb47e190dd2 Family Treasure Rocks for 02/14/2020 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of an antique rocker that has been handed down in our family. It belonged to our great-grandmother. She passed away in the late 1930s, so it must be close to 100 years old. It is oak, and it has the original leather seat and decorative carving on the back.</p> <p>Our rocker is a family treasure. We always refer to it as "Grandma Renner's rocker." We would never part with it, but we'd like to know more about its history. Anything you can tell us about our rocker will be appreciated. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> 669acff31e0b39e4b2a8cedc39566b22 Silver Crest Dish Made for Bonbons for 02/07/2020 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of a small milk-glass candy dish that was given to me in 1959. Although the dish is milk glass, the ruffled edge is clear glass. It is over 5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height, and it is in excellent condition. There is no manufacturer's name on it, but I think originally there was a Fenton Glass Co. label. I am downsizing and trying to decide what to keep and what to toss.</p> <p>Any information you can provide will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: Frank and John Fenton founded the Fenton Glass Co. in Williamstown, West Virginia, in 1905. You have a bonbon dish that is part of the Silver Crest line. In 1942, it replaced their Crystal Crest pattern that can be distinguished by an opal edge. When held to the light, the Crystal Crest pattern had a luminous opal glow. Silver Crest was a huge success and was in production until the 1980s. It was less complicated and less expensive to produce. They produced a plethora of dishes including baskets, epergnes, bowls, candleholders, vases, punch bowls and vanity sets. Silver Crest production reached a peak in the 1960s. In 1969, they introduced the hand-painted line Violets in the Snow, followed by the Apple Blossom pattern. Both patterns were the creation of Fenton's Louise Piper. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> ecd55b28ce74c539e88106533c7960d4 Chests Gave Young Women Hope for 01/31/2020 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: I have enclosed a photo of a red cedar hope chest that belonged to my paternal grandmother. She was born in 1893 and died in 1977. She lived most of her life in Osceola, Nebraska. On the bottom of the chest, there is a seal with the words "Roos Mfg., Co. 967 W. 20th St. Chicago." There are copper brackets on the lid, and the overall condition is excellent.</p> <p>Any information you can provide about this hope chest and its value will be appreciated.</p> <p>A: Your hope chest was made by Roos Manufacturing Co., which was founded by Edward Roos in Chicago in 1871. He was born in Germany in 1848 and migrated through Sweden to the United States. Hope chests have a rich tradition that can be traced back to a time when families arranged marriages and exchanged properties. Many young women had hope chests in anticipation of a future marriage. They collected bed linens, clothing, towels, needlework and quilts. In the Midwest, they were called hope chests; glory boxes in Australia; and trousseau chests in Europe. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> 3516914fdeae2149c782f59b20f6b78b Cabinet Is on the Cusp of Arts and Crafts Era for 01/24/2020 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of an antique oak cabinet that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother. There are four adjustable shelves on each side and behind glass doors. The approximate dimensions are 60 inches tall, 17 inches deep and 50 inches wide. Other than being refinished, it is in excellent condition. </p> <p>Do you think it has any value?<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> e8d2af0c995afbe0d82f16782ffa7ae8 Chair Carving Featured North Wind for 01/17/2020 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: We have enclosed a photo of a mahogany wood chair that is decorated with unique carvings. We believe it is the face of the North Wind, and it has never been refinished. It originally belonged to our father-in-law's grandmother. </p> <p>We have been wondering if it has any value.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> bb5bb79d26f714efb0134f5ade7ea0b0 Famille Rose Porcelain Made in China for 01/10/2020 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain teapot and a pair of matching cups and saucers. They are decorated with pink flowers, birds and figures against a white background. I inherited them from my grandmother at least 40 years ago, but I know nothing about their history, vintage or value.</p> <p>Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> f06d2dabba5333e31f0eddf1ecb9e721 Clock Stands the Test of Time for 01/03/2020 Fri, 03 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of an antique key-wind brass clock that has been in my family for several generations. It stands at about 10 inches tall, has beveled glass on all four sides and both the front and back can be opened. The face is porcelain and is marked with the letter "A" in a square and has Roman numerals. On the lower portion of the face are the words "Manufactured by Ansonia &#8212; New York &#8212; United States of America." Also on the back are the words "Ansonia &#8212; New York." It is an eight-day clock and strikes on the hour and the half-hour. I have the original key, and it is in good working condition.</p> <p>Our clock has survived all these years, and I would never part with it, but I would like to know more about its history and value.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 03, 2020</p> 15e8a2ec0162e64c64dc8c8f38318a7c Image Spitting Was Gross for 12/20/2019 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: Enclosed is a spittoon &#8212; I think that is what it was called &#8212; and it was given to us in 1990 when an elderly friend moved out of the home she had been born in. She was 88 years old at the time and said it was her father's, so it must be over 100 years old. Now we are downsizing and wonder if this has any value other than as a conversation piece? It is in excellent condition, and any markings that might have been on the bottom are gone. It is pretty; you can see the beading edging around the top and the flowers, which do not look hand-painted.</p> <p>Thank you for any information you can give us about it.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> 32772278ecad070db1879783dbf79754 Marble Top Stand Made in China for 12/13/2019 Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: I bought this antique plant stand at an antiques auction almost 40 years ago. It is in very good condition, and it is about 36 inches tall with a pink mark on top. It appears to be decorated with hand-carved flowers. The underside of the marble is marked with Asian script. </p> <p>What can you tell me about my stand, and what might be the insurance value?<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> c9b35948d6fe8f8f1615dd014889a1d6 Electric Santa Ornament Lights Up 4 Generations for 12/06/2019 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: Enclosed is a picture of a Santa ornament. He is about 9 inches tall and made of plastic with a metal back. There is an electric cord, and he lights up when it's plugged in. His metal back is flat, so he can be hung on the wall or can stand on a shelf or table. All is in very good condition, including the electric cord and plug. There are no markings on it that would tell us anything about its origin. We know he is at least 85 years old because my husband's mother gave it to us when our first child was born, and it was a Christmas decoration when my husband, who will be 89 next year, was a child. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now the fourth generation is enjoying it, and we would appreciate any information about its background.</span> We would also like to know if it is of any value other than as a family keepsake.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> fc15f048d469ee25410995b966aa294e Water Bucket Bench Sat Outside the Kitchen for 11/22/2019 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of an antique pine bench that belonged to my parents when they lived in Florida. When they gave it to me, they told me it was a water bench. It is approximately 17 inches high and 33 inches wide. Although I think it has been refinished, there are signs of it being used over the years. My parents have passed away, and now I wish I had asked them more questions about its history.</p> <p>I hope you can tell me something about its age, origin and value.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> f315729668bce00323bd09df4e686666 Roses Blossom on Jardiniere for 11/15/2019 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Q: This is a photo of a porcelain jardiniere that has been in our family since the early 1900s. It stands about 8 inches tall and 12 inches in diameter and is in perfect condition. It is decorated with hand-painted pink roses, trimmed with gold and has a reticulated rim. On the bottom, there is a crown above a circle with scrolled W's and the words "Royal Worcester &#8212; England." Below the mark are 23 dots. Our jardiniere is a family treasure and we plan to have it insured.</p> <p>Any information you can provide on the age, maker and value will be appreciated. </p> <p>A: Royal Worcester Porcelain was established in Worcester, England, in 1751. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The name of the hand painted-pattern is Hadley Roses. The pattern was the creation of one of Royal Worcester's finest modelers and designers, James Hadley. </span>Most pieces were signed. You might closely examine your jardiniere for a signature. The 23 dots below the mark show your jardiniere was made in 1914.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> bdcdb0a9366e37a51e64b90f8e625ec3 Purple Earthenware Saucer Is the Berries for 11/08/2019 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Q: This photo is a close-up of a saucer that I have. It is 5 inches in diameter and has a small chip on the border. It is decorated with a floral pattern in dark purple; some of the leaves are green, and a few of the flowers are touched in dark pink. The mark on the back has a lion above the words "T. J. & J. Mayer &#8212; Flower Vase &#8212; Prize Medal 1851."</p> <p>I am curious about the maker, vintage and value.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p> 150a97fb64293ce09fb62a37fc1a89ca Turkey Platter Is out of the Woods for 11/01/2019 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of a large, round, blue and white plate that I have. It is decorated with a big turkey in the center and large flowers with leaves on the rim. The plate measures 10 inches in diameter and is in very good condition. On the back is a mark of a man holding a sign with the words "Wood's &#8212; Burslem &#8212; England." Also, on either side of the mark are the names "Enoch 1784 and Ralph 1750." </p> <p>I hope you can tell me something about the history of my plate and its value.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 01, 2019</p> 51eca32e81bdfa4ac0ef3befdd0a857e Lithograph Lights Up Collector for 10/25/2019 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: Enclosed is a photo of our June 1999 purchase of a framed Thomas Kinkade lithograph. It is titled "The Garden of Prayer" and numbered 3528 of 3950. The print is 30 inches high by 40 inches wide. The frame is antique gold and measures 39 inches by 49 inches. We have the certificate of authenticity and additional original documents all in a vinyl-clad folder. One of the documents has the words "This Limited Edition Lithograph Was Additionally Hand-Highlighted By A Thomas Kinkade Master Highlighter." It has been displayed in our home since 1999 and is in perfect condition.</p> <p>What is its insurance value?</p> <p>A: Thomas Kinkade was a self-proclaimed "Painter of Light." He was born in Sacramento, California, in 1958. His paintings of pastoral scenes, meandering streams and cozy cottages evoke a sense of tranquility, hearth and home, along with a longing for more simple times. Kinkade's work appealed to people's spirituality and family ties. Art critics panned his work. Although they believed his work was overly sentimental, garish and commercialized, they acknowledged his artistic technical ability. Kinkade's idyllic pastel paintings appealed to the average person. The mass production involved his designated highlighter artists finishing or highlighting lithographs and prints. From his higher priced oil paintings to his mass-produced plethora of less expensive works, there was something for everyone's budget. Your lithograph was the 3528th made out of a total of 3950. Kinkade died in 2012. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Despite being shunned in the art world and the commercial mass marketing of his paintings, Kinkade's work continues to bring hope and peace to many.</span><p>Updated: Fri Oct 25, 2019</p> 73bdc827d12c14b47b87fdd34c7488b6 Porcelain Grapes Are Lustrous for 10/18/2019 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Q: I am enclosing a photo of a porcelain decanter and two small matching cups. They all are decorated with a satin finish. None is marked, but I believe they may have been made by Royal Bayreuth. They were purchased from an antiques shop approximately 40 years ago. It is a poor photo and doesn't portray the color accurately. The decanter is shaped like a bunch of purple grapes with green leaves and vines, and the cups have green handles. </p> <p>Can you tell me if my set was indeed made by Royal Bayreuth, along with its age and value? <p>Updated: Fri Oct 18, 2019</p> 479471c32e1bf743991031c791dc30b4 Owl in the Family for 10/11/2019 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Q: This is a photo of a Rookwood pottery owl that has been in our family for generations. My great-grandmother collected figures of owls, and this one was a birthday gift from my great-grandfather. It is decorated with a matte blue glaze, stands at about 4 1/2 inches and is in mint condition. Marked on the bottom, below the Rookwood flame mark, are the Roman numerals "XXXI" and the number "1084."</p> <p>Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 11, 2019</p> 6d3526ee990150dce24d0f1be78a3438 Toy Plane Is the Bomb for 10/04/2019 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Q: This Hubley metal toy plane with the original box was a gift to me around 1960, and it is in mint condition. It is a Navy Fighter Bomber and is model 495. Marked on the plane are the words "Hubley Kiddie Toy &#8212; Lancaster, PA &#8212; Made in U.S.A." On the box are words that state the plane has a transparent sliding canopy, folding wings, a moveable prop and retractable landing gear. Also on the box are the words "Hubley Manufacturing of Lancaster, Penna." The length from the tip of the wing to the other tip is around 11 inches. From the nose to the tail is over 9 inches. The cockpit and the nose are both red. On each wing is a star framed by red, white and blue stripes. All pieces are original, and none have been replaced. It really is in excellent condition. I would like to know what its current value might be.</p> <p>A: <span class="column--highlighted-text">Your die cast plane was inspired by World War II P-47 planes.</span> Hubley Manufacturing was founded in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, by John Hubley. They made bookends, doorstops, and toy metal cars, planes, trucks, tractors, cap guns, motorcycles and sidecars. Many of their vehicles and planes were scale models. In the 1960s, Hubley introduced their Kiddie Toy line. By 1969, Hubley was in financial duress, and the company was taken over by Gabriel Toys. In 1980, CBS Toys Co. took over the company. They later sold the firm to Ertl Toy Co. located in Dyersville, Iowa. Sometime in the 1990s, production of original toy dies and molds</p> <p>was stopped.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 04, 2019</p>