This set of blue Wedgwood ashtrays (right) in the shape of playing card suits (clubs, spades, etc.) belongs to my daughter. They are stamped “1953, Wedgwood, made in England” on the bottom. She would like to know what this type of Wedgwood is called and the value.
Q I found this horseshoe shape hat pin while sorting out my late aunt’s jewelry. A jeweler told me it is 14 karat gold with diamonds and offered me $25, pointing out that nobody was buying hat pins these days. Was he right?
I found this two-sided game board in a small town thrift shop years ago for $5. As a collector of folk art I found it quite interesting and unlike any other game board I had seen. One side has incised and inked drawings of Winning poker cards, such as an ace and a queen...
Q I found this object in rural North Carolina many years ago. I was told it was a whirligig and that it would move when the wind blew. It is signed “Mobley.” What can you tell me about whirligigs and the value of this one?
Recently, we bought a 19th-century farmhouse. While we were remodeling, we discovered this odd wood stand in the basement.
Q I have a book titled “Dorothy Dix — Her Book,” second edition, Funk & Wagnalls Publisher, 1927. There is a photo of her and her autograph. Some damage to the cover. Any value?
Q This dry sink has a lid and dovetails on the drawer that are handmade. How old is it, and what is it worth?
— F.Z.M., Newmanstown, Pa.
Anne Gilbert appraises antiques for Antique Trader readers.
Q My mom, who is 93, inherited this pair of glass ducks years ago. As you see, they have glass eyes. A paper inside read “1885-1893, Brackenridge Ballfield. 1885-1893, Challinor Taylor.” What can you tell me about them and the value?
Q I was bestowed what appears to be an antique liquor bottle decanter upon the death of my great uncle. I am having a heck of a time figuring out what it is since the bottle is separated into four bottles within itself, with separate cork/glass stoppers attached to the neck.