Q: Where can I find information on gold jewelry, ornaments and other adornments said to have curative powers? Also, is there an organization for those interested in the history of gold and gold prospecting and panning?
A: "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments From Ghana, Cote d' Ivoire, Mali and Senegal" is at the McKinlock Court Galleries of the Art Institute of Chicago through Aug. 25. The exhibit catalog is available at the museum store, Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, Chicago, Ill. 60603, for $29.95 plus $4.50 shipping.
At the Museum of Science and Industry, you'll find "Discover Gold," an old gold town that has a Prospector's Park where panners can keep a vial of their panned gold flakes (fee is $2). The exhibit runs through Sept. 2 at the museum, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The summer issue of the museum's magazine, Progress, is loaded with gold-related articles, including "The Soothing Power of Gold," discussing its purported curative and healing properties.
An outstanding book with secrets of ancient gold jewelry, amulets other adornments is "Jewelry: 7,000 years," edited by Hugh Tait, available for $22.45 postpaid from Harry N. Abrams Inc., 100 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 206-7715.
The World Gold Council, which is sponsoring the two museum exhibitions, is a non-profit association of mining companies from 14 countries and can be reached at 900 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022; (212) 688-0005.
Those interested in the fabled Lost Dutchman mine and the accounts of prospectors searching for it in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona can become a member of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society and Museum. Annual dues and publications are $10 from Box 3845, Apache Junction, Ariz. 85278; (602) 983-4888.
Also, the Antique Village and Museum at 8512 S. Union Road in Union, Ill., features the Sweet Phyllis Gold Mine, with panning for gold pyrite from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For additional information, phone (815) 923-2214.
L Q: How can I check out the values of Madame Alexander dolls?
A: "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls -- 1965-1990," by Patricia Smith, is available for $26.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009; (800) 626-5420. Also available from Collector for $9.95 postpaid is Ms. Smith's "Madame Alexander Collector's Doll Price Guide" with 1991 values.
Q: Where can I sell a collection of Tiffin crystal stemware in the Byzantine pattern, bought more than 50 years ago?
Write to Tiffin Glassmasters in care of Fred Bickenheuser, 4163 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio 43123; (614) 875-0496. Or write to the Tiffin Glass Collectors' Club, Box 554, Tiffin, Ohio 44883; (419) 447-4452.
Q: I have a small company and want to manufacture early American furniture. Can you recommend books or publications with appropriate instructional plans, patterns or procedures for making authentic reproductions of such pieces?
A: "American Country Furniture -- Projects from the Workshop of David T. Smith," by Nick Engler and Mary Jane Favorite, is available for $29.95 plus $2.50 postage from Rodale Press Inc., 33 E. Minor St., Emmaus, Pa. 18098; (215) 967-5171 or (800) 527-8200. Rodale also has a "Build-It-Better-Yourself Woodworking Projects" category of books.
L Q: Where can I find information on how to run a garage sale?
A: "Treasure House Sales -- The Book of Professional Secrets for Doing Your Own Household, Garage, Yard, Porch, Etc. Sale -- A Guide to 100 Percent Profit and Pleasure," by Marge Moroney and Jerry Williamson, is available for $4.95 postpaid from Marge Moroney, 1039 Oakley, Deerfield, Ill. 60015.
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Maryland Living, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing sources listed in this column, enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for replies.