The Antique Detective: Q & A

qa april toy truck.jpgQ. I have a Carnation Milk toy truck, circa 1950s, made by Tonka. It is in mint condition but I don’t have the original box. What could it be worth? P.W., Colonia, N.J.

A. Your truck made in 1955 could sell for $400 in a shop.

Q. I inherited this blue glass vase and four glasses with floral enameling. They are inscribed “Atlantic City 1900.” Do you have any idea of value? R.B., Natrona Heights, Penn.

A. Your souvenir water set could sell in a shop for around $250.

qaapril dresden chandelier.jpgQ. My mother bought this Dresden chandelier at an estate sale 35 years ago. The porcelain is in mint condition but the metal leaves need to be refinished. What do you think it is worth? P.M., Lake Forest, Ill.

A. Similar chandeliers have sold for $900 or more in shops.

Q. I have a Howdy Doody lamp in good condition. He is in a sitting position. Where can I find out the value? B.S., Pensacola, Fla.

A. Your popular TV character Howdy Doody lamp could sell for as much as $200. Check eBay prices for updates.

qa april corner cupboard.jpgQ. Can you give me some information on this heavy corner cupboard? I think it may be cherry. We’ve been told it is very old because the glass in the doors is wavy and not very clear. There are two hidden drawers on each side with round holes to hide gold. It looks like the hardware has been changed. M.D., Lower Burrell, Penn.

A. Your handsome corner cupboard appears to be early 19th century. The ring-turned columns and veneered banding on the drawers show quality workmanship. You need a hands-on appraisal to examine the dovetailing on the drawers and the type of saw marks to accurately determine the age since there can be a wide price fluctuation. Based only on your photo the cupboard could sell at auction for $2,500-$3,500.

qa april mosaic pins.jpgQ. My great aunt has these two pins and was wondering if you have ever seen anything like them. Up close they look like little pieces of colored glass pressed together to form the flowers on each pin. On the back it reads “made in Italy.” Do they have any value? S.D., Lower Burrell, Penn.

A. Your pins are micro mosaic. They are made of heated glass that is pulled into small strands then cut into tiny pieces. After metal oxides are added to give colors, the pieces are put into various images such as flowers, animals. They were made in Florence and Venice. Since your pins are labeled made in Italy they probably date late 19th to early 20th century. Price depends on condition, subject and the type of metal mounting. Floral subjects are least expensive. Yours mounted on white metal could sell in a shop for $250 or more, each.

qa april Gouda candle holder.jpgQ. Here is a picture of a large candlestick. I don’t think it is very old but I am interested in the value and history. It says “Gouda” and “Holland” on the bottom. G.M.K., Lower Burrell, Penn.

A. Gouda pottery was made in Holland from around 1898 to 1964. Yours with an Art Nouveau motif could have been made from around the 1900 to 1920s. It could sell in a shop for $200.

Q. I would like to know the value of this china vase. The bottom is stamped “Buffalo China 1917” and signed “R.Stuart 1918.” J.M., North Apollo, Penn.

A. After 1902 Buffalo pottery was made in New York. Your signed vase could sell at auction for $400.

Q. I would like to know the value of this glider rocker for insurance purposes. M.B., Lehigh Acres, Fla.

A. The replacement value for your platform rocker could be between $350 and $450.

Q. I have had this set of four ceramic figurines marked “Napco” for some time. They are a family, dressed in Victorian costumes. Could they be of any value? E.N., Gibsonia, Penn.

A. Your figurines were made in Japan in the 1950s. They are a popular collectible. Many types were made and show up often on eBay. Your set might sell in a shop for around $250.