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The smart collector: 'Vermeer' works aren't even good fakes

The smart collector: 'Vermeer' works aren't even good fakes

Q: Are these paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) of any value?

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: If it's old, it's not necessarily valuable

The smart collector: If it's old, it's not necessarily valuable

Q: Any info on my vase marked, "Made in Japan"? It seems to be clay and is 11 1/2 inches tall. Note that the surface is not smooth.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Folding bed has value as a curiosity, but no collector market really exists

The smart collector: Folding bed has value as a curiosity, but no collector market really exists

Q: My mother bought this folding bed in the 1970s. It's marked "Bednet," but I can't find any info online. Is it a Murphy bed?

June 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

Q: Any info on this antique lamp I bought at an estate sale? There was no information furnished with it. I thought it was pretty. It's 27 inches tall, not including the chimney.

May 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Do as pros do - get the best, most current price information available

The smart collector: Do as pros do - get the best, most current price information available

Q: I found three vintage sports pennants from the 1940s, but I can't find value for them. There's a reference book on pennant prices, but who wants to spend $18.95 for something you use once?

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Finding a value range for paintings by obscure artist is job for an appraiser

The smart collector: Finding a value range for paintings by obscure artist is job for an appraiser

Q: I bought some beautiful paintings in Germany decades ago. I need to assess personal property for insurance purposes and all I can give my agent are rough guesses on their purchase price, which I think is far less than today's value.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: 1839 print showing Mt. Sinai could be worth a tidy amount

The smart collector: 1839 print showing Mt. Sinai could be worth a tidy amount

Q: My aunt was a high-ranking officer in the Salvation Army. As such, she received many gifts from visiting dignitaries. One is a lithograph, "Approach to Mount Sinai," by Wady Barah 2/17/1839. My family had it framed in the 1950s. Any info?

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Bookends usually sell for theme, not maker

The smart collector: Bookends usually sell for theme, not maker

Q: We bought these bookends in Europe many years ago, Are they worth anything? Appreciate any info you can give.

November 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Comic strips may have serious value

Q: I inherited the complete "Prince Valiant" comic strip, from the beginning in 1937. Also letters from the strip's writer, saying this is a more complete set than his. Everything is bound in book form. Value?

January 31, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Small stoneware bowls are a puzzler

Q: A friend gave me these little pots for Christmas. Each is about 2 1/2 inches high and 3 inches across and holds about a half-cup of liquid. Any info?

January 24, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Hybrid clock won't sell as a Tiffany

Q: What can you tell me about my floor clock? The dial is marked Tiffany and Co. My research indicates that Tiffany did not make clocks but had clocks made for them. Because it is painted in chinoiserie, can I assume it was painted for the European market?

January 17, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Explaining Limoges, Haviland quirk

Q: How do I find replacement pieces for an inherited set of Limoges Haviland? I have the Schleiger number but can't find pieces. I'm beginning to think it was the only set made with that pattern. I also need replacement Fostoria stemware. Where do I look?

January 10, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

If insurance is a concern, get appraisal

Q: I inherited a Hummel Nativity set with the V and bumblebee sign plus a 214. Just wondering if I should have it listed separately on my homeowner's policy.

January 03, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Belter furniture hard to spot; hers isn't one

Q: Here are images of what the family has always called the "Belter" chair. Is it Belter?

December 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Few of today's watches are really collectible

Q: I bought a ladies Jaeger-LeCoultre watch in Nassau in the early 1960s. How do I sell it?

December 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Who would collect mourning memorabilia? You Might Be Surprised

Q: I need to sell several late-1800s mourning items, including jewelry, a hair wreath, pieces of clothing and many coffin plates. Being new to the world of antiques, I have no idea how to begin.

December 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Cookie jar from '60s, not antique

Cookie jar from '60s, not antique

Q: I inherited a Raggedy Andy cookie jar marked "Twin Winton" years ago. My 74-year-old sister remembers it from our childhood. Is it an antique? Value?

December 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Lamp historians illuminate collector

Q: I'm looking for info on an oil lamp I inherited. Based on research, I believe it is a George Gardiner lamp made in Burlington, Ontario. Can you tell me about scarcity and value?

November 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Putting a value on cast-iron banks

Q: I'd like to learn about my cast-iron banks and their value. One is a pig, the other a kitten with a pink bow. Both are in two parts and are held together with a screw.

November 22, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

This 'marriage' wasn't made in heaven

Q: Do I have a Handel lamp? I had it appraised once, but I've moved so often I can't find the appraisal. Is my other lamp a Tiffany? Your column had a photo of a lamp that brought a huge sum at auction.

November 08, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Plates, including DeGrazia's, are hard sell

: Plates, including DeGrazia's, are hard sell

Q: My wife left many collector plates in their original boxes. How do I sell them? One is DeGrazia's "Los Niños."

October 25, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Batteries included excludes Rolex fans

: Batteries included excludes Rolex fans

Q: Years ago, I bought a Rolex Oyster chronometer wristwatch in the PX. I didn't like it because I had to change the battery. A friend told me that Rolex didn't make many, so it is worth more because it is rare. Your comment?

October 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Little stove's owner is really cooking

: Little stove's owner is really cooking

Q: What can you tell me about this little stove that has been in the family for many years? I've always been told that it was what salesmen carried to sell the regular size. It is very heavy.

October 04, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Watch may have been general's; authentication is key for

: Watch may have been general's; authentication is key for

Q: My pocket watch belonged to Mexican Gen. Miguel Miramón, who served with Emperor Maximilian. He was executed alongside the emperor. Value on the watch?

September 27, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Demand is low for silver plate items

: Demand is low for silver plate items

Q: I recently inherited silver plate pieces by differing manufacturers. I've searched the Web and local library but cannot find info on makers or possible value.

September 20, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Item from poet's youth a tough sell

: Item from poet's youth a tough sell

Q: I was a classmate of "Beat" poet Allen Ginsberg when we both lived in Paterson, N.J. We were both in a school talent event when we were 14. I have the original program with Ginsberg's name inside. Value?

September 13, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Age is only one part of violins' value

Age is only one part of violins' value

Q: How old does a musical instrument have to be to have value? My violins are dated 1714 and 1713.

September 06, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
The Smart Collector: Note auction items' descriptions

The Smart Collector: Note auction items' descriptions

Q: Can you tell me the value of three Limoges pieces I bought at auction about 10 years ago? My wife and I love them, but I know nothing about them.

August 30, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

: EBay best for Bicentennial $2 bills

Q: I have eight two-dollar bills dated 1976, bought for the U.S. Bicentennial, and four bear postal cancellation stamps from New York state. Do they have any value beyond $2?

August 23, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Tracking high-end antiques: Internet has turned the whole wide world into a bazaar

: Tracking high-end antiques: Internet has turned the whole wide world into a bazaar

Q: I bought a Hoody's pail peanut butter tin years ago. When I see it now, it's priced from $500 to $800. Why is it valued so high? Is there a collector's organization where I can find a buyer? I won't get book value on eBay.

August 16, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Lalique products' value varies widely

: Lalique products' value varies widely

Q: My wife inherited a crystal tray given in the 1960s by the French ambassador's wife. It has five doves surrounded by leaves or ferns, and measures 17 3/4 by 12 1/16 inches. It weighs 10 pounds and is marked "Lalique France." Value? What is the best way to sell? It has a very small chip on…

August 09, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Fish bitters bottle looks like a keeper 3/4 Calendar

: Fish bitters bottle looks like a keeper 3/4 Calendar

Q: I found a Dr. Fisch's Bitters bottle in excellent condition. The patent reads 1866, the glass is amber and the cork is intact. How do I find out if it is original or a copy?

August 02, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Pre-Depression glass set is a valuable heirloom

: Pre-Depression glass set is a valuable heirloom

Q: I'm not into antiques or collecting, but this bowl and candlesticks were wedding gifts to my parents in 1916. Mother told me the gold was 24 karat. Any info?

July 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Champagne's power is in numbers at auctions

: Champagne's power is in numbers at auctions

I was given a bottle of champagne for a wedding gift, the same cuvée served at Charles and Diana's wedding. How do I find value and how do I sell?

July 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Ensuring drawing's authenticity is key

: Ensuring drawing's authenticity is key

I have a doodle self-portrait drawn by, signed and dated by Ronald Reagan. Value?

July 12, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: 'Fair price' depends on changing factors

: 'Fair price' depends on changing factors

My 97-piece collection of Royal Copenhagen dishes, including unusual serving pieces, was bought about 50 years ago. I'm trying to sell, but everyone offers little money. Am I better off splitting the set, or selling in Denmark? I've eliminated selling on eBay or at auction, or to Replacement…

July 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Autographed baseball glove isn't neat

: Autographed baseball glove isn't neat

I have a glove autographed by 11 Hall of Famers from Babe Ruth to Joe DiMaggio. Would it add value if I also had a HOF third baseman? All of the autographs have been authenticated.

June 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: N.J. wares find wider audience online

: N.J. wares find wider audience online

Will Mercer and Stangl pottery sell best in New Jersey?

June 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: 'Goering' dagger calls for real proof

: 'Goering' dagger calls for real proof

Q: My late husband served in World War II and was given his choice of three things from the Nuremberg loot bins. One was Hermann Goering's personal dagger. I feel guilty having it, as I'm sure it would mean much to an institution/person. The grandkids took the special ribbon from it.

June 14, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Rarely seen items not always rare

Rarely seen items not always rare

Q: Years ago my mother gave me a piece of Hull Art pottery. I have never seen another like it. Value?

June 07, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Decorative platter could fetch $225

: Decorative platter could fetch $225

This was given to me in the 1970s by an aunt. The platter is almost 14 inches across. Who is the maker? Value?

May 31, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Old jukeboxes can play a pricey tune

: Old jukeboxes can play a pricey tune

We own several Wurlitzer jukeboxes from the 1950s. All are original and in perfect condition. How do we sell?

May 24, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Bronze bust was common in Europe

: Bronze bust was common in Europe

Q: Our bronze bust from Vienna seized by the Nazis was restored to the family after World War II. It is so heavy that I hid it in a closet while the children were young because I did not want anyone to get hurt! Is it valuable?

May 17, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: No way cane was a gift from Lincoln

: No way cane was a gift from Lincoln

Q: I have a cane that was given to my great-grandfather by President Abraham Lincoln. The black cane is 37 1/2 inches tall. The handle twists off, and inside are four clear glass vials with plastic lids that snap on. I want an appraisal so I can sell.

May 10, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Golf-ball box memorable but worthless

: Golf-ball box memorable but worthless

Q: I was by the 18th green when Arnold Palmer won his last tournament. His caddy opened a ball box and tossed the empty toward a trash can, but it did not go in. I made my way there and have the Maxfli HT sleeve that held the last ball Arnie ever won with. Is it worth anything?

May 03, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Track down value without appraiser

: Track down value without appraiser

Q: My mother gave me a Roseville vase in 1975 and told me to take good care of it, as it may be valuable someday because the company went out of business. It is jade green with lilies of the valley. Can you give the name of a good appraiser of pottery?

April 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Popeye watch worth lots of spinach

: Popeye watch worth lots of spinach

Q: My original Popeye wristwatch is from 1935. The band with Mickey and Minnie Mouse is a replacement, but it is old. The watch works, but the crystal is a replacement. Value?

April 19, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
$5.25 Goodwill buy is worth plenty

$5.25 Goodwill buy is worth plenty

Q: I paid $5.25 for this silhouette at a Goodwill store. The wooden frame is 10 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches. The silhouette of a family is signed "T. Dempsey, 1847." Any information on the value and the painter?

April 12, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Just a few Elvis discs worth a fortune

: Just a few Elvis discs worth a fortune

Q: I bought this Elvis Presley RCA record in the late '60s. There's "Blue Christmas" on one side and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" on the other. It has the original jacket. Value?

April 05, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
: Astronaut's, golf greats' autographs

: Astronaut's, golf greats' autographs

Q: This cardboard periscope signed by golf greats including Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper and Tony Lema is from the 1964 PGA championship. Value, and how do I sell?

March 29, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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