Ask Antique Trader: Steuben vase valued at $300-$400

Q Attached are photos of a bowl that belonged to my grandmother.  Can  you tell me if this is by Steuben and/or if it has any value. Thanks for any assistance you may be able to provide.

— M.C. via e-mail

A Your grandmother had very discerning taste to have obtained an authentic Steuben glass squat form vase. Engraver Thomas G. Hawkes and English glassmaker Frederick Carder founded Steuben Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., in 1903. The signatures found on Steuben Aurene glass pieces and most pre-1932 pieces are hand-engraved on the bottom, sometimes with a shape number included. The photos look as though your vase is numbered 7099. It is worth $300 to $400 in its present condition. You can read the History of Steuben Glass HERE, as it ran in the March 3 issue of Antique Trader.

Q We were referred to you! My mother-in-law went to an Antique Roadshow and the man they talked to sent us to you. My husband has a bank that came from WW I.  It belonged to his great-grandmother’s brother.  He brought it back from the war.  I have searched for this bank for quite some time and have come up with nothing.  Can you please help us? I have attached pictures of it to this e-mail. Any information you can give us will be greatly appreciated. 

I have also attached pictures of some type of zodiac coins.  I have never seen these type of coins before.  Can you please look at those, too?  Thank you so much for your time!!

Your ceramic sailor bank is French, meaning he comes from France, not where his tour ended up. At 5 1/4 inches high and titled “Seamans Savings,” the bank dates to the 1940s and comes in a variety of quality painted versions: some offer more detail than others. A rare, blue version of this popular bank, similarly with a duffle bag hoisted on his shoulder, but with his head turned in a different direction, sold for $200 in 2007. Based on recent auctions, the bank is worth about $10 in its current condition.

Your pair of novelty zodiac coins are curious and collectible, but not particularly valuable because so many were produced. These are from the 1960s and are worth about $2 apiece based on online sales.

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