Q: I recently bought old brass and copper kettles, utensils, pots, planters and other pieces. Where can I find information on the age and value of such items, and is there a good polish that can clean spots and stains?
A: The 1992 edition of "Antique Brass & Copper-Identification & Value Guide," by Mary Frank Gaston, is available for $18.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009; (800) 626-5420.
Many beautiful pieces of hammered copper and plated brass were made in the early 20th century by Roycroft, and numerous examples are in "Roycroft Art Metal," by Kevin McConnell, available for $16.95 postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380; (215) 696-1001. Also available from Schiffer for $62 postpaid is "The Brass Book, American, English and European: 15th Century to 1850," by Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer. The book contains a reproduction of an 18th century brassmaker's catalog and information on how to identify old brass copies and fakes.
A terrific polish and stain remover for copper, brass and other metals is MAAS Polishing Creme for All Metals. A large tube is $6.95 postpaid from MAAS, Box 128, La Grange, Ill. 60525; (708) 246-8581.
Q: How can I find the value of a Limoges coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl set? Are there any books or sources?
A: Many pieces are in "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain," by Mary Frank Gaston, available for $26.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009. Or write to the author: Box 342, Bryan, Texas 77803.
Q: I'm looking for a Little Golden Book entitled "Christmas in the Country" that I had as a child. It is no longer in print. Where can I find a copy?
A. Write to Little Golden Book Collectors Club, Box 5672, Baltimore 21210, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information, or call (410) 243-3747).
Anita Gold can be reached by writing Anita Gold, Food & Home, The Sun, Baltimore 21278. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible. When writing to sources listed in this column, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for replies.