As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, January, 2005

Q.    This vase was made from a shell from WW 11 in Germany. My father-in-law brought it back. It has the word “Verdun” on the side and various numbers. Can you tell me the value ?
R.K.-Apollo, PA

A.       Your vase made from a shell casing dates to World War 1 and the famous battle of Verdun. It could sell to a collector of Military items for $300/400. If you wish to sell it check the various price guides for dealers or clubs specializing in such objects.

Q.        This lamp with the boy and girl figures, in 18th century costumes and a glass shade trimmed with metal garlands of roses, has no markings. Is it worth anything ?
D.M. - Staten Island, NY

A.         Your lamp was made in the 1920s when French-type figurines were popular.It could sell at auction for $800/ 1,500.

Q.         I have a 12 place setting of Noritake dinnerware. Do you know the age and value?
P.M.-  Kansas City, MO

A.         The words, “Made in Japan” on the back of your pieces indicate it was made probably in the 1920s, before WW11. It could sell in a shop for $1,600 or more.

Q.         We have six of these sidechairs, purchases in a second hand store in Baltimore in 1900. They have cane seats. I’ve never seen anything like them and wonder about age, etc.                                                        J.R.C.- Evanston, Ill

A.         Your beautiful chair was made in America , c. 1825-30. You are fortunate to have a set of six. Similar sets sell at quality auctions such as Skinner and Sotheby’s for as much as $2,500/3,000 for six.

Q.          Enclosed is a picture of my Fiesta ware collection from my great aunt. She bought it in 1936 and grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio where it was made. I have an eight piece dinnerware set with three serving pieces as well as a coffee pot., creamer and water pitcher. Can you evaluate them and tell me if it is safe for my kids to eat from them as I did ?
A.A.G.- Northbrook, IL

A.          Safety-wise, what you are referring to was the fact that the red glaze, made in 1937, used depleted uranium oxide. Its’ use was discontinued when the U.S. needed it to develop the atomic bomb. Not because it was a health hazard. Eating from red glaze pieces is harmless. As to value, your cobalt blue coffee pot could     sell in a shop for $235;  red mixing bowl $375. You’ll find more prices in Warman’s Price Guide and a new book, “Collecting American Dinnerware” by Joe Rosson. Published by House of Collectibles, Instant Expert Series.

Q.         The rocker pictured belonged to my grandmother and is approximately 90 to 100 years old. As a child I remember it had a black horsehair cushion and back. The wood was black, or a dark color. I would like to know age, maker and value. My children would like to keep it in the family.                                                 E.J.N. - Glenview, IL

A.        Your rocker is similar to the styles made by the Tobey Furniture in Chicago around 1906. A shop price could be $300.

Q.        What kind of sofa is this ? It has swags carved on the back and on flowers on the claw feet ? We bought it in 1973 and was told it was old.
S.S. - Kittanning, PA

A.        Though your sofa is in the Empire style (1815-1825) it was actually made around 1870. Similar examples have sold at auction for over  $3,000.

Q.         I have never seen anything like this vase that belonged to my great grandmother, in the antiques shops I have visited over the years. The rose color neck shades into the shoulder. It has gilt handles and is white with painted birds and gilt trim.
V.L.R.-Orlando, FL

A.        Your Victorian Art glass vase made in the late 1880s is known as “peachblow”, even though the color appears rose. It was made by three American companies and two British. The gold tracery and birds lead me to believe it is British, possibly made by Webb Glass. It could have a shop value of $1,000. However, you need to show it to an expert on the subject since values vary widely depending on maker.

Q.        This was my doll carriage , as a child in the 1940s. The base is wood and the hub caps have the name “Biltrite” on them. What can you tell me ?
D.C. - Manville, MJ

A.        Your doll buggy could sell at auction for $150.

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