Q: This beautiful soup tureen has a small crack in the lid. It is marked "W.G. Guerin & Co., Limoges, France." When was this made, and how much is it worth?
A: This Guerin Limoges tureen was made about 1900 and would sell for $125 to $135 in good condition. It's impossible for me to assess the diminished value due to damage.
Q: The enclosed mark is on the bottom of an 8-inch glossy pottery vase decorated with pine cones. Can you identify the maker and estimate its value?
A: This mark was used by Roseville Pottery in Ohio during the mid-20th century. It might sell for $75 to $85 in an antique shop.
Q: I have a solid-gold thimble. It is marked "14K" and stamped with a star. Can you tell me anything about its vintage and value?
A: This 14-karat-gold thimble was made by the Thomas Brogan Co. in New York about 1900. It would probably sell for about $85 to $90.
Q: Please estimate the vintage and value of my pressed-glass pickle castor in a silver-plated holder, complete with tongs.
A: Pickle castors were very popular around the turn of the century. One such as you describe would probably sell for about $165 to $185.
Q: I have in my possession an antique violin. It has a label inside vTC that reads "Antonius Stradivarius, Cremonensis, faciebat Anno 1727." Can you tell me how much it is worth and where I might find a buyer?
A: Unfortunately, thousands of violins were made by various European companies in the late 1800s and early 1900s with forged Stradivarius labels. Some of these sold at Sears, Roebuck and Co. for less than $3. The value of your violin would depend entirely on its musical quality. Take it to a local violinist for his opinion. I don't have a list of buyers.