Souvenir spoon would fetch $65-$75


May 19, 1991|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Please evaluate my sterling silver souvenir spoon.

It is in the form of a mermaid with a seashell handle and bowl. It is inscribed "1904 World's Fair -- St. Louis."

A: This is a choice souvenir spoon with all that figural design. It would probably sell for $65 to $75.

Q: I am interested in the value of my chocolate set. I know it is very old because it belonged to my grandmother.

It is marked with a crest and "M.Z." and "Habsburg China -- Made in Austria." The set consists of the pot and six cups and saucers. I would appreciate any information you can give me.

A: This nine-piece chocolate set was made by the Moritz Zdekauer Co. in Altrohlau, Austria, between 1900 and 1915. It would probably sell for about $265 to $285.

Q: I have inherited a collection of over a dozen cookie jars all made by McCoy.

I have no idea how old they are nor if they have any value. Can you help me?

A: Most cookie jars made by the Nelson McCoy Pottery in Roseville, Ohio, were made in the last 50 years and sell for between $25 and $35. A few of them run up to $300. The "Antique Trader" price guide lists about 30 models with their prices.

Q: Among my father's things, we found an old novelty watch. It is a Big Bad Wolf & Three Little Pigs pocket watch. It is inscribed "May the Big Bad Wolf Never Come to Your Door -- Walt Disney." Can you provide any information as to its age and value?

A: This was made in the mid-1930s and would be considered quite rare. Recent sales have been for around $300 in good condition.

Q: What can you tell me about a clown figurine marked with a crown and "R -- C"? He is 9 inches tall and wears a black and white costume.

A: This figurine was made by Rosenthal China in Selb, Germany, between 1920 and 1940. It would probably sell for $265 to $285 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.

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