Kyle on Antiques: This bottle not for teetotalers


German pewter chocolate potLiquor decanter
China tea set

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I bought this ceramic coffee set for $7 at a yard sale. The woman who sold it, speaking broken English, said it came from Russia, where it belonged to her mother.

Q This pitcher is 4 1/4 inches tall, 8 inches around and very heavy. It holds 8 ounces. The metal will not stick to a magnet. On the front is “F.F.NEUH..SERR 1844.” It may be missing a handle and a piece of the handle is missing.
 — M.W., New York, N.Y.

A I believe you have the remains of a German pewter chocolate pot that was likely produced about the time of the inscribed date, the 1840s. Unfortunately, your pot is missing the cover and handle so would not have much collector value. It’s just an interesting relic.

Q I’d like to know more about this glass vase. It is crystal clear, has four separate chambers, is 11 inches high and weighs about 1 1/2 pounds. It appears to be blown glass. The marking on the base reads “Made in” with no other wording. There are two rectangular indentations on the inner base edge. I’ve owned this item for many years but have never been able to identify it or its use. Hope you can help.
— A.V., Park Ridge, Ill.

A Your clear glass bottle-form piece is actually a liquor decanter missing the stoppers. This multi-necked style was meant to hold several different liquors and the design originated in Europe in the early 20th century. I believe quite a few were manufactured in Czechoslovakia. Since you are missing the little stoppers for each compartment I’m not sure what the value of it would be. Perhaps somewhere in the $50-$75 range wouldn’t be out of line. After all, you could still use it as a “vase” with a posy placed in each neck.

Q I bought this ceramic coffee set for $7 at a yard sale. The woman who sold it, speaking broken English, said it came from Russia, where it belonged to her mother. The set includes a coffee pot and four cups and saucers, all in perfect condition. A local jeweler tested it and it’s 18- to 24-karat gold trim. Can you give me any idea of what it’s worth?
— P.A.  Rapid City, S.C.

A Your small china tea set might well have come from Russia but without any markings it is nearly impossible to say for sure. It looks like it might be a demitasse set. You don’t really seem to have a firm idea of what the age might be but I’d guess it might date from between the wars. If all the pieces are perfect I could see it possibly selling in the $75-$125 range. By the way, the “gold” decoration doesn’t add any special value to the set.

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This pitcher is 4 1/4 inches tall, 8 inches around and very heavy.
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I'd like to know more about this glass vase. It is crystal clear, has four separate chambers.

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