Q: Enclosed is a picture of a cherry corner cupboard with a painted interior and blown-glass doors. It is all original and in mint condition. It was supposedly made in Pennsylvania:
I would appreciate your opinion on its vintage and value.
A: Your corner cupboard was made between 1800 and 1820 and would probably sell for $1,200 to $1,500.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a pair of ceramibookends in the shape of an Indian head. I would like to know who made them and what would be a fair price for them.
A: These were made by Van Briggle Pottery in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the mid-20th century. A dealer would price them in the $165 to $185 range.
Just how valuable are old typewriters? Which ones are the most valuable? They can turn up anywhere; probably half the homes in the country have an old manual typewriter stored under a pile of boxes on a closet shelf.
The ones that worked the best sold the best, and are the ones you are most likely to have: Remington, Underwood, Corona, etc. Since they are not rare, they are the least valuable. These and others that bear familiar names usually sell for $30 to $100.
Then there are those that for one reason or another were not sold in great numbers, like Bennington, Merritt, Hammond, etc. These and others with less familiar names will bring higher prices -- $100 to $300.
The really choice collectible typewriters are even less well-known, with names like Dactygram, Niagra, McCool, etc. All of these will sell for more than $300 if and when you find one.
The really once-in-a-lifetime finds are usually strange-looking contraptions that don't really look like the average person's concept of a typewriter. They bear names like Fitch, Sholes & Glidden, Maskelyne, etc. For one of these you can expect the price to be more than $1,000.
So if it has a familiar name and looks like you think a typewriter should look, it's not a rare find.
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.