Q: This chair was found in the attic of a house I inherited. It has been cleaned and recaned. It has casters in the front only. The back is adjustable.
We have not been able to find out the vintage and value.
A: Your unusual, adjustable-back platform rocker was made in the late 19th century. It would probably sell for about $325 to $335.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of a leaf-shape serving dish. It is 10 1/2 inches long and 7 inches wide. It is decorated with pictures of fruit and foliage. It looks extremely old; I am sure it must be valuable.
A: Your dish was made by E. Booth & Co. in Fenton, England, in the late 1700s. That makes it about 200 years old and worth at least $500 to $600.
Q: At a recent garage sale, I purchased a glass candleholder with a shade. It is marked "50th Jubilee -- Her Majesty, Queen Victoria."
Please tell me if this has any value.
A: It would appear that you have a fairy lamp made in 1887. It is a very desirable collectible worth at least $200.
Q: I have started collecting china made by Sabin Industries in McKeesport, Pa. I concentrate on souvenir and calendar plates, as well as cups and saucers and ashtrays.
Can you supply some history and value of these items?
A: Sabin Industries has been in business since 1946 and specializes in very inexpensive novelty china. The pieces you mention sell in the $10 to $25 range each.
Q: I have a 10-inch-square pressed-glass plate that has a series of impressions of U.S. coins dated 1892. Can you tell me what the value might be?
A: Various pieces of pressed glass were produced with impressions of U.S. coins for a few months in 1892. Their manufacture was terminated by the government because real coins were used.
NB You have a bread plate that would sell for about $175 to $200.
"Tomart's Price Guide to Garage Sale Gold," edited by Bob Welbaum (Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co.), is a book you need if you ever go to garage sales, or if you ever have one. Hundreds of everyday items and lots of very unusual ones are illustrated and priced here. Everything from automobiles to zithers -- I think.
It is the product of more than 30 experts listing items in their special fields.
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.