Q I have two sets of etched glasses. Each glass is 6 inches tall. One set has a base, the other doesn’t. There are no markings on either set. The glasses are not heavy, as they would be if they had lead content. Both sets were my grandmother’s – she died in 1958 – and I’m not sure if she bought them of if she inherited them, as I did. I am interested in the age of the glasses and any identification about these delicate, etched glasses.
– M.S., Fort Worth, Texas
AI did a lot of digging to try and identify the plate-etched patterns on your two tumblers. The footed tumbler with the poppy design is the “Flanders” etching introduced by Tiffin Glass Company in 1928. It is very collectible today and I believe this piece might retail in the $50-$60 range. On the other hand, search as I might I could not identify the etching on the other tumbler. It looks like spider mums and is typical of etching popular in the 1920s, however, the shape of the tumbler is not unusual so doesn’t help identify the maker. I’d guess this tumbler might be valued in the $15-$30 range but might go up if the maker is identified. Do any of our readers recognize this pattern?
Q Can you tell me anything about this Disneyland cookie jar shaped like a castle? It is marked “Disneyland 40th Anniversary.” It is a limited edition – 27,372 of 100,000.
– H.G., Mooresburg, Tenn.
AI did some checking on your Disneyland 40th anniversary commemorative cookie jar. Although it was produced in the 1990s it does have some collector appeal. I found similar examples being offered for sale for around $70 so that probably is a fair range if your piece is in perfect condition.
Q This is a picture of a unique armoire/wardrobe that breaks down to move. It is 83 inches high, 52 inches wide and 20 inches deep with two doors and a base with drawers. I believe the wood is mahogany, and the finish is original. We are interested in the age and manufacturer. I’ve only seen one other wardrobe like this offered at auction. Any information would be appreciated.
– D.O’H., Moline, Ill.
AYour mahogany veneer wardrobe is in the Classical style (formerly called Empire) and was probably manufactured around 1830-1845. It has very nice veneering and appears to be in good condition. Such pieces are most popular in the South but are also used in other parts of the country where they can be converted to other uses. Value does depend on local market demand but I believe somewhere in the $800-$1,500 range isn’t out of line.