As seen in The Antique Shoppe Newspaper, October, 2005 

Q. This antique “corkscrew” candlestick is about 10 “ high with three fluted legs attached with a fastener to the 4” round metal base. It holds a 1” diameter candle. It was discarded at a rummage sale. I think it might have some value and would appreciate your comments.
S.D. M.C.F. - Lake Forest, Ill

A. You appear to have a 17th century iron candlestick. It would take a specialist Americana appraiser to properly evaluate it since it is a one-of-a-kind item. I suggest you send your photo to the Americana specialist at Skinner Galleries, 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116. My best guess would be $400.

Q. I hope you can give me some information about the French telephone in the enclosed photo. It is metal with a painting of a 17th century costumed woman on the base. At the top of the base are the letters K.T.A. S. I understand these letters are a unit of measurement similar to watts.
J.B. - Evanston, IL

A. Your antique French , crank, telephone dates around 1892. It could sell in a shop for $600 or more.

Q. Please tell me more about these mantel lanterns I bought at an estate sale a couple of years ago. Each of green glass with applied flowers on a gilt background. They are 12” high, 6” wide with 8 glass prisms.
S.M. - West Leechburg, PA

A. What you have are a pair of Victorian art glass lustres, made in the 1860s and used to hold candles. Similar examples sell for $300 and up in auctions.

Q. This two-sided mug with Devil on one and Skull on the other was in our family curio cabinet ever since I can remember. I  have searched the Web under “mugs” porcelain with no luck. Can you enlighten me about it?
B.R. - Wilmette, IL

A. While you didn’t mention if your mug had any maker’s marks, it is typical of the character pieces made by Royal Bayreuth, Bavaria, in the 1880s. Shop prices can range from $300 up.

Q. Enclosed a photo of eight silent and early movie star teaspoons, made of Oneida silverplate. What is the value?
M.W. - Grayslake, IL

A. Spoon collecting was very popular in the early 20th century. Subjects included early movie stars and later popular comic characters such as Mickey Mouse. Other early subjects are classified as souvenir spoons when they depicted places. Prices depend on the current popularity of the subject. Made in silver plate they can range from $30 to over $100.

Q. I have this book case in my cellar. It is oak and a metal tag on the middle door says “Limbrts, Art-Fracts Furniture Trade Mark Made in Holland and Grand Rapids and Holland”. I was offered $3,000 for it. Is it a good offer?
L. R. -Vandeyift, PA

A. What the tag really says is “Limbert”. Charles Limbert was one of the most  important Arts & Craft (1900-1915) furniture makers. Your piece could sell at auction for $5,000 or more. Contact The John Toomey Gallery, 818 North Blvd. Oak Park, Ill. 60301. Phone (708) 383-5234. Send photo.

Q. I bought this oriental screen five years ago at an antique shop in Ocala, Florida. I have been told it is valuable because it is painted on the backside and on the other side it has trees and flowers made of jade, coral and ivory. I would like to know the value.
S.H.- Topeka, KS

A. Unfortunately such floor screens have never stopped being made. I believe yours is a recent, reproduction and that the “jade, etc.” is more likely plastic. The value would be what you paid for it, retail, not resale. You might wish to have a local jeweler identify the “jade” for what it is.

Q. This glass pitcher has on one side, “Manila, May 1, 1898. It says, “Gridley you may fire when ready.” It also list the boats. On the other side is a picture of a man we think is Commadore Dewey who gave the order. Any idea of value?
B.W. - Natoma Hts. - PA

A. You are right about Commadore Dewey. Your Victorian pattern glass pitcher could sell in a shop for $75 or more.

Q. Can you identify this antique object ? It has a glass handle and is just under 4” long.
T.M. - Kansas City, MO

A. You have an early 20th century pie or cake server.

Q. I would like to know the value of this vase marked, “hand painted, Nippon” with a maple leaf mark. It depicts a black crowned night heron.
M.L. - Staten Island,

A. It could sell in a shop for over $100.

Q. I purchased this pair of watercolors at a local thrift shop. I research the artist who is Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe. I have look at them through a loup and they are not prints. I would like them authenticated but need help on who to contact.
J.C.- Highland Park, IL

A. As you will notice on the back of your art work it says “goauche”. This is not a watercolor, but a technique similar to pastels. They should be signed. I believe they are prints. The French artist (1716-1794) is in many museums and if you check the internet web you can probably find the originals. For an appraiser check the yellow pages for “International Society of Appraisers, fine arts specialists.”

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