Q: Enclosed is a picture of a seven-piece berry set. It consists of a large bowl and six small bowls all marked "Hand-Painted -- Nippon."
Will you please tell me whatever you can about this set.
A: This set was made in Japan between 1891 and 1921 when the McKinley Tariff Act required them to mark everything "Made in Japan." "Nippon" does not identify the maker; it is simply the Japanese word for "Japan."
Your berry set would probably sell for about $265 to $285.
Q: I have an autographed photo of movie star Warren Beatty. It measures 7 by 9 inches and has a list of the pictures he has been in on the back.
How much is this worth, and where can I sell it?
A: The current price list shows this at $60. I don't have a list of buyers.
Q: This monogram is on the back of a plate commemorating the 1904 World's Fair at St. Louis. In the center is a picture of Thomas Jefferson, and around the rim are pictures of various buildings at the fair.
I would like to know the value of my plate.
A: This plate was made in England for Rowland and Marcellus, probably by British Anchor Pottery. It has sold for as much as $175 in antique shops.
Q: Please tell me what you can about my antique mug. It is marked "Oliver Typewriter Co. Annual Conference, December 30, 1905."
A: Advertising items like this are very popular with collectors. I find this one listed in "Warman's Americana & Collectibles" for $375. (I hope it isn't a misprint!)
Q: I have a desk-type cigarette lighter in the form of a 6-inch airplane. When you turn the propeller, the wing opens to expose the lighter.
When was this made, and does it have any value?
A: Your lighter was probably made in the 1930s and might sell for about $75 to $85.
Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.