Antique Detective: Clues tell us Indian is a copy

Q I purchased this wooden cigar store Indian in an upstate New York antiques shop 20 years ago. Can you advise me on the value and where to send it?
—R.L.

A The advertising symbol for retail tobacconist began with carved figures of American Indians in the 1840s and continued till around 1900. Most were done by ships carvers, whose business of carving ship figureheads had disappeared by the end of the 19th century. However, they have been made by less talented carvers ever since. The figure in your photo was probably new when you bought it. One clue is the lack of detailed carving on the hands, no fingers, just flat hands. Another clue: authentic old figures were carved from one piece of wood. When a raised arm was used it was made separately and attached at the shoulder with a screw. Also the facial features on your figure are flat, not raised and detailed. Currently copies of early figures are made in Thailand. Sell it at a local auction with a reserve of $500.

Q Can you tell me the age of this pitcher marked Royal Winton? I rescued it from my neighbor’s trash.
—P.G., Skokie, IL

A The Royal Winton china company was originally known as Grimwade Brothers, founded in 1885. In 1928 as Royal Winton, they produced their first pattern “Marguerite.” It was the beginning of a series of floral patterns known as “Chintz.” Prices just keep going up for this popular collectible. I went through dozens of internet patterns and couldn’t find the name of yours. It could sell in a shop for over $200. Do some research.

Q I have a set of 12 of these green glasses, 4 1/2 inch high. I am curious to learn something about them and their value. They belonged to my late aunt who died in 1992 at age 91.
—J.R.C.. Cheswick, Pa.

A Your glass set is known as “Depression glass” and was made from 1925 through the 1970s. Yours appears to be an etched design in the Dogwood pattern, made in the 1930s. Your tumbler set could have a price tag of $700 or more.

Q The enclosed photos show front and back of a set of six, 8-ounce tumblers. On one side is a man’s head and on the other it says “Wendell L.Wilkie Acceptance Speech Aug. 17, 1940, Elwood, Ind.” What can you tell me ?
—R.C., Tarentum, PA

A You have a set of presidential election tumblers showing the candidate 1940 Republican candidate for president, Wendell Wilkie. The set could sell at a political item auction for $150.

Do you need more information for an antique or collectible item? For a personal reply send a photo, history, size, signatures and $25 to Anne Gilbert, P.O. Box 740136, Boynton Beach, FL 33437-0136

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