Q: Enclosed is a picture of a vase. It is 14 inches tall, 6 inches in diameter and is marked "Victoria-Carlsbad." I know that it is at least 75 years old. Could you please tell me something about its age and value?
A: Your vase was made in Carlsbad, Austria, by the Victoria porcelain factory between 1900 and 1915. It would probably sell for about $125 to $135.
Q: This mark is on the back of a blue and white 9-inch plate. Can you identify the maker and estimate the value of my plate?
A: "Scinde" is the name of a Flow Blue pattern; it was made by Minton & Co. in Stoke, England, during the mid-19th century. Your plate would probably sell for $75 to $85.
Q: We bought an old coffee grinder at an auction for $110. It has two wheels and is marked "Landers, Frary & Clark No. 20." It is over 2 feet high and I think it was used in a store. Did we get a good buy? When was it made?
A: You got a bargain! Your counter-top coffee grinder was made about 1900 and would probably be worth $365 to $385 in good condition.
Q: We have a Mettlach 1/2 -liter stein; the number is 1028. It looks like a tree trunk and has a grotesque face on the lid. Below the handle is a picture of a man and an inscription in German. Can you tell me anything about its vintage and value?
A: This stein was made in Mettlach, Germany, by Villeroy & Boch, during the late 1800s. It would probably sell for $325 to $335 in an antique shop.
Q: I have a Parker fountain pen. It is a "Blue Diamond Vacumatic" and is green with a black stripe. I would like to know when it was made and its current value.
A: Your Parker fountain pen was made about 1940 and would probably sell for about $35 to $45 in good condition.
Q: The mark on my plate is a picture of the world with the monogram "J.H." It is 8 inches in diameter and is decorated with a brilliantly colored bird against a background of varied greens and blues. Can you tell me anything about its origin and value?
A: The mark you describe was used by the Joseph Hildcroft Co. in Longton, England. It appears to be typical of the majolica they made in the late 1800s. Dealers are selling plates similar to this for $75 to $85.
Q: A friend told me that my old art deco dresser set is a collectible. It consists of hairbrush, hand mirror, covered box, button hook and manicure tool. It is decorated with geometric red and black plastic inserts. What is your opinion of my treasure?
A: Art deco style items are becoming very popular with collectors. Your dresser set was made in the 1920s and would probably sell for about $135 to $150 in good condition.
Q: I would like to know something about the value of my blue pressed glass pickle castor. It is in a silver-plated footed frame with a ribbed trim and a square handle. A pair of tongs hangs on one side. The frame is marked "Roger Bros. Mfg. Co."
A: It was made in Hartford, Conn., during the late 1800s and would probably sell for about $265 to $285.
Q: The mark on a small pitcher is a hound and a harp with "Belleek, Ireland." It is decorated with lilies of the valley.
A: Your Irish Belleek cream pitcher was made since 1965. It would probably sell for $90 to $100.
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.