Q: Please evaluate my Hummel figurine. It has the Crown Mark over the "W.G." monogram.
A: This is not a Hummel figurine; it was made by the same company (W. Goebel) but was not based on art by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel. It was made in the mid-20th century and would sell for $35 to $45.
Q: The attached mark is on the bottom of a ceramic (not porcelain) teapot with matching sugar bowl and creamer. It is cream-colored with a wide light-blue band near the top. Can you identify the maker and estimate the value?
A: Your tea set was made by the Georg Schmider Co. in Zell, Germany, in the early 1900s. It would probably be worth about $65 to $75 for the three pieces.
Q: What can you tell me about an old-fashioned laundry iron? It is hollow inside and has one opening with a lid and a spout.
A: You have an antique charcoal iron. Hot coals were put in the covered hole; the so-called spout was a smoke stack or vent. These were common around the turn of the century and might sell now for about $100.
Q: Please evaluate my 54-piece service for eight set of china marked "H. & Co." over "L." I think it is more than 100 years old.
A: Your set of porcelain china was made by Haviland and Co. in Limoges, France, during the 1800s. It would probably sell for about $500 to $600.
Q: I have a small porcelain bowl. It is 5 inches in diameter and has a 1-inch hole in the cover. The marking on the bottom is "M. Z. Austria." What is its use? When was it made? What is its value?
A: This is a hair receiver; ladies would deposit hair in it from their combs and brushes. It was made in Altrohlau, Austria, between 1900 and 1901. It would probably sell for $40 to $50. It was made by the Moritz Zdekauer Co.