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What Is It Worth?

By: Anne Gilbert

As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, April 2007

Q. I have a Carnation Milk toy truck, circa 1950-s made by Tonka. It is in mint condition but I don’t have the original box. What could it be worth? P.W. - Colonia, NJ

A. Your truck made in 1955 could sell for $400 in a shop.

Q. I inherited this blue glass vase and four glasses with floral enameling. They are inscribed “Atlantic City 1900.” Any idea of value? R.B.-Natrona Heights, PA

A. Your souvenir water set could sell in a shop for around $250.

Q. My mother bought this Dresden chandelier at an estate sale 35 years ago. The porcelain is in mint condition but the metal leaves need to be refinished. What do you think it is worth? P.M. - Lake Forest, IL

A. Similar chandeliers have sold for $900 or more in shops.

Q. I have a Howdy Doody lamp in good condition. He is in a sitting position. Where can I find out the value?

A. Your popular TV character Howdy Doody lamp could sell for as much as $200. Check E-bay prices for updates.

Q. Can you give me some information on this heavy corner cupboard probably cherry. We’ve been told it is very old because the glass in the doors isn’t very clear, more wavy. There are two hidden drawers on each side with round holes to hide gold. It looks like the hardware has been changed.  M.D. - Lower Burrell, PA

A. Your handsome corner cupboard appears to be early 19th century. The ring-turned columns and veneered banding on the drawers show quality workmanship. You need a hands-on appraisal to examine the dove tailing on the drawers and the type of saw marks to accurately determine the age since there can be a wide price fluctuation. Based only on your photo the cupboard could sell at auction for $2,500/3,500.

Q. My great aunt has these two pins and was wondering if you have ever seen anything like them. Up close they look like little pieces of color glass pressed together to form the flowers on each pin. On the back it reads “made in Italy.” Do they have any value? S.D. - Lower Burrell, PA

A. Your pins are micro mosaic. They are made of heated glass that is pulled into small strands then cut into tiny pieces. After metal oxides are added in colors the pieces are put into various images such as flowers, animals. They were made in Florence and Venice. Since your pins say “made in Italy” they probably date late 19th to early 20th century. Price depends on condition, subject and the type of metal mounting. Floral subjects are least expensive. Yours mounted on white metal could sell in a shop for $250 or more, each.

Q. Here is a picture of a large candlestick. I don’t think it is very old but I am interested in the value and history. It says “Gouda” and “Holland” On the bottom. G.M.K. - Lower Burrell, PA

A. Gouda pottery was made in Holland from around 1898 to 1964. Yours with an Art Nouveau motif could have been made from around the 1900 to 1920s. It could sell in a shop for $200.

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