Antique Detective: Valuable furniture found in attic

qa aug mary gregory0066.jpgQ I inherited this 3-inch glass vase with the raised figure of a little girl. Somebody told me this is a “Mary Gregory” piece. It has unusual shades of red and gold. What can you tell me about it?
E.S. – Wilmette, Ill.

A You appear to have a Victorian Art glass toothpick holder of Amberina glass with an enameled “Mary Gregory” decoration. The name supposedly came from a Mary Gregory who worked for the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. in the 1880s. Colors frequently came in cranberry, blue, green and amethyst. Reproductions have been made over the years. Your piece could sell at auction for as much as $200.

qa aug vict. sideboard0067.jpgQWhen my family moved into an old farm house in 1946 this piece of furniture was in the attic. As you see the back is mirrored and has a chocolate colored marble. The piece has pegs rather than nails. Can you give me any information on this?
B.D. – Schwenksville, PA

A You have a wonderful example of what was one of the most popular pieces of Victorian furniture – an Eastlake style sideboard, made in the late 19th century. It could sell for $2,000 or more, in good condition.

qa aug pluto cookie ja0065.jpgQ I have this double-faced, Disney ceramic cookie jar. One side is Pluto, the other Dumbo the elephant. On the bottom it says “Dumbo Pluto USA 23L Walt Disney.” I received this as a wedding shower gift in 1947. Any idea of value?
AG. – Kansas Leechburg, PA

A Prices can range from $145 up.

qa aug china plate0063.jpgQI have a set of dishes with this floral pattern and gold-patterned rims.The back of the plate reads: The French Saxon China Co., Sebring, Ohio. National Brotherhood of Operative potters Union Label .22 K. gold, USA” Can you give me the history and value of these dishes?
D.B. – Apollo, PA

A The company began in Sebring, Ohio as the French China (1900) and turned into the French Saxon China co. It was bought in 1984 by the Royal China Co. To find out the value of your dish pattern write and send photo to Replacements Ltd., 1089 Knox Road, PO Box 26029, Greensboro, NC 27420.

qa aug vict. chair0064.jpgQ Can you tell me about this chair and how much could I get for it?
M.S. – New Kensington, PA

Your rococo-style Victorian arm chair made in the 19th century was probably part of a parlor set. It could sell for $300 or more.

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This glass milk bottle is 19 inches high and the bottom is etched with an “x” design and leaves. In the center are leaves and “1776”. How can I learn more about it?
N.J.W. – Lake Villa, Ill.

A Contact the National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors, % The Milk Pond, 18 Pond Place, Cos Cob, CT 06807.

qa aug houdini ad tin0060.jpgQI would like to know the value of this tin Houdini ad.
J.R. – Hanover, Mass.

A My best advice is to send info and photo to Swann Auction Galleries 104 E. 25th St., New York, NY, 10010. In a recent auction of magician posters, Harry Houdini was well represented. One of his posters sold for $6,500. It was the same subject as yours, only in paper.

qa aug vict. vases0061.jpgQThese two vases were a wedding gift to my grandparents in the 1880s or earlier from Buffalo Bill’s parents. They have no date or marks. What are they worth?
B.P. – Easton, Kan.

A Your lovely Victorian vases were made in America, in the late 19th century and the motifs are transfer prints, not hand painted. Many similar ceramic vases were made at that time. A shop would probably price the pair from $250 up.