Baby Carriage Strolls along with Some Value

By Anne McCollam

September 11, 2008 4 min read

Q: The pictured baby carriage is in good condition. The words "Strollo-Chair — Jumel Place — New York City — 10032 — NY" are marked on the handle's metal tag. The word "Rex" is located on the side of the carriage.

I would like to know its maker, age and value. Any other information will be appreciated.

A: Rex Manufacturers, operating from 1949 to 1979 in New York, created your carriage. "Strollo-Chair" was the name of their carriages. They converted from a carriage to multiple baby equipment — a stroller, high chair and bassinet.

Your baby carriage was made around 1960 and would probably be worth $150 to $200.

Q: This mark is on the back of my six plates, which I inherited from my aunt. Each plate is decorated with a cobalt blue and red border, multicolored flowers in the center and a white background; the name "The Ogontz" is placed near the mark. The plates are in excellent condition.

I hope you can tell me something about the maker, vintage and value of my plates.

A: Woods and Sons created your plates. Enoch and Ralph Woods founded their pottery in Burslem, England, in 1865 — they still produce earthenware and ironstone. "The Ogontz" is the name of the pattern.

Your plates were made around 1916 and each would probably be worth $20 to $30.

Q: Could you please tell me more information about my cut glass bowl? It measures approximately 11 inches by 7 inches and is 4 inches tall. The saw-tooth border as well as the sharp edges of the floral and geometric pattern appear to be cut glass, rather than pressed glass. I found no manufacturer's mark; it was a gift my mother received in 1920.

A: Most cut glass is not signed by the maker. Even if marked, it is still hard to find the signature. Closely examine the pattern for a trademark. Nevertheless, marked or unmarked, cut glass is collectible.

The value of your bowl would probably be $200 to $250.

Q: I have a 1946 Bonnie Book that is titled "Favorite Nursery Rhymes." It has a green hard cover, an orange spine, and measures 8 inches by 6 inches. Illustrated by Valerie Patterson, the cover contains the image of a little girl with blond hair reading a story. Behind her, a large daffodil with green leaves sheds a beam of light on her story. Although the book is in good condition, the corners and edges show some wear.

Is my book collectible? Does it have any value?

A: Children's Bonnie Books were published by Samuel Lowe in Kenosha, Wis., and they are collectible.

Your book would probably be worth $50 to $100.

Q: I received a set of Paragon Fine Bone China from my mother. It is a service for 12 and decorated with gold flowers and gold rims. A pedestal cake plate and covered soup tureen are included in the set. On the back of each piece are the words: "By Appointment — China Manufrs. to HM Queen Elizabeth — The Queen Mother — Made in England."

Could you please help me identify the maker and possible value of my china?

A: Paragon China has been made in England from 1919 to 1960. It has been a British tradition for centuries to grant Royal Warrants to recognize companies or individuals who have produced goods for members of the Royal Family. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was the mother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the warrant was granted in 1938.

Your set of dishes would probably be worth $1,500.

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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