As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, December, 2005 

Q. This metal table is known to be at least 60 years old. It has a black and cream marble top. The colorful flowers are also metal. If you can give me any information I would appreciate it.
L.H. - Lower Burrell, PA

A. Your table is brass-plated, cast-iron, made around 1925, American. It was probably used as a hall table. It could sell in a shop for over $1,200.

Q. I would like to know the value of this porcelain ceramic “Aunt Jemima bottle. It is marked “Ruby, Paris, made in France.”
R. A. - Staten Island, NY

A. Your porcelain rum bottle was made by a small Company in Paris “Robj”, from 1925 to around 1931. Your bottle is known as “Mammy”. Very collectible, one example was estimated to sell at a June 25 Skinner Auction for between 1,200/1,400. However it and several other Robj pieces went unsold.

Q. I have enclosed a photo of my German stein from the early 1950s. Can you tell me who could appraise it?
S.M. - Staten Island, NY

A. This may sound trite, but look in the Yellow Pages under “antiques appraisers. Then look for the name of a professional Society, such as “American Society of Appraisers”. Ask for a member who specializes in beer steins. Ask what they charge.

Q. This dining room set consists of sideboard, hutch, six chairs. The wood appears to be some type of inlaid walnut. There’s a number “1935” on the bottom of one of the chairs that we thought might be a date. However someone told us it is more likely the model number. Can you provide any insight?
E.A.K.-Kenilworth, IL

A. You might find the maker’s name stamped inside a drawer. Your quality pieces are in the late Art Deco style, 1930s. They look more European than American. However, many Chicago furniture makers created this style of furniture. The sideboard alone could sell in a shop for $3,000 or more. If you find a maker name the price will go up.

Q. I have a book titled “Life, Letters and Journals” by Louisa M. Alcott. It was published by Little, Brown and Company, 1900. The copyright date is 1889, by J.S.P. Alcott. There are a few loose pages but otherwise in good condition. Any value?
A.C. - Staten Island, NY

A. If it were in mint condition and a first edition(1900) it could be worth several hundred dollars.

Q. I acquired this blue frosted glass basket 20 years ago. It is 6 3/4 “high and 4 1/2” across. On the bottom is the letter “w” with an oval through it. Can you tell me anything about it?
G.J.- Leechburg, PA

A. The mark on the bottom of your satin glass basket is the Westmoreland Glass company, dating it to around 1949. It is a reproduction of one of their earlier items made in the late 19th century. It could have a shop price of $50/75.

Q. I’ve had this mantel for 30 years. It came out of an old mansion on the north side of Pittsburgh. On the back it is signed, “Frank Dean 55. Any info would be greatly welcomed.
J.B. -Apollo, PA

A. From your photo your fire surround dates around 1875-80. As an architectural antique it could sell in a shop for $5,000 or more. You might want to check the makers name in Historical Society records. It could add to the value.

Q. This photo is of a stove with the name “Crea Graham & Co., Pittsburgh, PA”. It appears to be iron. On the front is the name “Royal”. On either side there are ceramic heads of a king and a queen white on a blue background , like cameos. On each side under them are engraved flowers. Is it worth anything?
R.Z. - Kittanning, PA

A. Your late, 19th century, cast-iron stove is highly ornamental with the ceramic plaques. It could sell in a shop for over a thousand dollars.

Q. This needle point purse, in perfect condition, is 54 years old. Is it of value?
R.L. - Natroma Heights, PA

A. Similar purses can sell in shops for $200/250.

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