Q: I am looking for a miniature model of the Chicago Water Tower that lights up to add to my Christmas village. Where can I find Water Tower-related items in time for Christmas?
A: Chicago's Own Gift Shop, 163 E. Pearson St., Chicago, Ill. 60611, phone (312) 467-5305, has 16-inch-high hand-painted electric miniature models of the Chicago Water Tower, handcrafted by Walter Brockman, for $220 each. Water Tower Christmas tree ornaments are $15. The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and until 7 p.m. Fridays to Mondays during December. Pewter models of the structure are $10.99 (3 inches) and $50 (8 inches) from Accent Chicago, 835 N. Michigan Ave., phone (312) 944-1354. Chicago-area Fannie May candy stores have chocolates in a 1-pound box decorated with a colorful view of the Chicago Water Tower by artist Dan Barber.
Q: Where can I find authentic ancient Egyptian carved scarabs?
A: An important collection of authentic ancient Egyptian scarabs, along with other Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, will be auctioned Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Helmsley Palace Hotel in New York. Two illustrated catalogs (from which one may bid by phone or mail), including one picturing and extensively describing hundreds of rare scarabs from the collection of Ralph Blanchard, who died in 1936, are available for $35 from Livet Reichard Co., 11 Harrison St., New York, N.Y. 10013, phone (212) 431-6850.