Q: This is a picture of our oak kitchen cabinet. I would like to know who manufactured it, date of manufacture and current retail value.
A: Since your kitchen cabinet is unmarked, it is impossible to identify the maker; it was made in the early 1900s and would probably sell in an antique shop for $800 to $900 in good condition.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a hatpin holder that is 6 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. It is fine porcelain and hand painted with daisies and poppies. Can you tell me anything about the origin and value?
A: This mark was used by the Schlegelmilch brothers in Suhl and Tillowitz, Germany, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Your hatpin holder was probably made about 1910 and might sell for $125 to $135.
Q: Please provide me with whatever information you can about my figurine of a brown and white spaniel dog holding a ball in his mouth. It is about 6 inches high and marked with a crown and the letters, "R.C."
A: The mark indicates that this was made by Rosenthal China in Selb, Germany. It was probably made in the early 1900s and might sell for $125 to $135.
Q: I have a small cream pitcher in the shape of a cow. It has a white body with orange spots, tail and horns. It is marked "Czechoslovakia." I have been told that it is over 100 years old. Can you confirm this? I would also like to know its value.
A: This cream pitcher is not 100 years old. Czechoslovakia was founded in 1918; anything so marked was made after that date. It would probably sell for $35 to $45.
Q: The mark on the bottom of my vase is an eagle with the letters, "M.Z." The vase is 10 inches tall and has a portrait of an old-fashioned lady in an elaborate gown. Can you tell me anything about its origin and value?
A: The mark you describe was used by the Moritz Zdekauer Co. in Altrohlau, Austria, during the late 19th century. It would probably sell for about $125 to $135 in an antique shop.
Send your questions about antiques with picture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered; published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.