Ask Antique Trader: Door may be from circus or show wagon

Can you tell me anything about this door? It is heavy and measures 19 3/4 inches wide, is 40 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches thick. This was given to us over 20 years ago by a dear friend who has since passed. She told us it was a wagon door. Any info would very much be appreciated.
     Many thanks.
    — B.B. Evansville, Ind.

Your wagon door is indeed a unique item. It looks as though the faux green marble paint and interlocking BB logo would look perfect attached to a wagon owned by the most famous circus of all time. So I turned to Rob Richard, assistant director at the Circus World Museum of Baraboo, Wis., for some help. He said the museum’s wagon superintendent, who has 35 years of experience working on circus wagons, figures your door certainly could be a circus waggon door. Without some pretty extensive research through the museum’s extensive archives, it’s not 100 percent conclusive. Richard also said the interlocking ‘BB’ may not stand for the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus. “I can also tell you that the “BB” could stand for about 50-plus different circuses,” he said. Such a unique item is hard to value. But circus items do have a loyal fan base, and a price of $300 to $400 wouldn’t be unusual. However, it could be worth more if the history was confirmed. 

Q   I got this pig cookie jar a few years ago while out antiquing with family. I didn’t get any back story on it, and it didn’t come with a box, any labels or anything that might tell me more. I paid about $25. I don’t see any maker’s marks on the piece. What can you tell me about it?
— S.K., via e-mail

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This cute little pig cookie jar may not have a mark but it does have a name: “Quigley.” This is an unmarked piece made by McCoy Pottery. It’s a later cookie jar made in the 1980s. A marked version is featured in Warman’s McCoy Pottery by Mark Moran (Krause Publications). Examples in perfect condition with original boxes are valued between $75 and $100. But yours is worth between $30 and $50 based on slight wear.

My mom recently gave me this pink depression glass (or at least, I think it’s depression glass) fan-shaped vase that belonged to my paternal grandma. I’ve done a little research, but I haven’t been able to find out anything conclusive about it, like what pattern it might be, or who may have made it (and when), or if it’s even depression glass at all. I don’t care about its rarity or value as much as I want to know about the piece itself. Thank you!
— S.S., via e-mail

Your pretty little fan vase is a mystery best handled by Ellen Schroy, editor of Warman’s Depression Glass, 5th Edition: “Westmoreland’s Wagner pattern features this fan shape and the same radiating optic pattern in pink. However, it’s missing the wide band. So, it’s likely this lovely piece really isn’t depression glass as it fits the definition for Warman’s Depression Glass. This little beauty probably falls into the “elegant” category. I’m thinking it really is Westmoreland or possibly Hocking, or L. E. Smith, but we may never know. I’m betting it was a lovely little piece made during the same time period as most depression glass but for the florist or gift trade. Price in today’s market, I’d expect to see it at $45 to $65 at a nice shop or show.”

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