Ask Antique Trader: Murano figures could bring $3,000

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. The label says “Garnier.” What can you tell me?

—J.G., via e-mail

A Your four-section Garnier bottle was made in the 1950s and contained four different liqueurs. Garnet Et Cie, founded in France in 1858, was the first such company to create figural collector bottles in 1899. Yours, not a figural, could sell to a collector for $50.

Q I brought this pair of glass figurines of a man and woman back from Europe after World War II. They are 11 1/2 inches high. What can you tell me about them and the value? They have no markings.

— C.G., Dover, Pa.

A Your photo is of a pair of Italian, Venini Murano glass La Commedia del L’Arte figurines. They were made around 1950 and designed by Fulvio Bianconi. Since you purchased them after World War II they are not reproductions. They could sell at auction for over $3,000. Some were stamped “Venini/Murano/Italy.” Others were not signed.

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Daughter finds mystery machine

Q My father just died. When I packed up his things, I found this machine that I can not figure out what it is. Can you tell me what it is and its value? I think it is made by L & H MASTER. Thanks.

— B.M., via e-mail.

A We’re stumped. Can any of our readers help identify what this machine is, what is does and what it’s worth?

Send your comments to or to Antique Trader Mystery Object, c/o Antique Trader, 700 E State St., Iola, WI 54990. — Editor

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