Punch bowl worth $700+


July 28, 1991|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of an old punch bowl that has been in our family for years, a gift from an old German family. We get great pleasure from using it as a wassail bowl at holiday times and would like to know something of its origin and value. It is marked "Villeroy & Boch -- Mettlach -- 3037."

A: Your punch bowl with underplate was made in Mettlach, Germany, by Villeroy & Boch during the late 19th century. It is a choice antique and would be worth $700 to $800.

Q: I have an old stoneware bowl with straight slanted sides. It is 11 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. On the bottom is the enclosed mark. Can you tell me anything about its vintage and value?

A: Stephen Green made everyday stoneware in Lambeth, England, during the mid-19th century. A bowl such as yours would sell in the $125 to $135 range.

Q: When we went through my grandfather's things, we found an old copper powder flask. It is embossed with three horses' heads. It cleaned up beautifully and the spout works well. Can you provide some information about its age and value?

A: This would probably date back to the early 1800s and might sell in the $125 to $135 range.

Q: We have what appears to be a very fine violin. Inside it is branded "G. Pyne -- London -- 1914." Does that suggest anything about its quality or value?

A: George Pyne did make very fine violins, and most of them sell in the $2,500 to $3,500 range.

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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