Q: Where can I find information on old beer steins and their values, and where can I buy some?
A: Glentiques Ltd. (Box 8807, Coral Springs, Fla. 33075) has three books: "The Beer Stein Book," by Gary Kirsner and Jim Gruhl, $41.95 postpaid; "The Mettlach Book," by Mr. Kirsner, $37 postpaid; and "German Military Steins," by Mr. Kirsner, $16.95 postpaid.
The quarterly Stein Line newsletter is $25 a year from Box 48716, Chicago, Ill. 60648. Or write to stein auctioneer Andre Ammelounx, Box 136, Palatine, Ill. 60078, (708) 991-5927), enclosing $10 for a copy of his Stein Auction Co. mail-bid catalog offering hundreds of steins to be auctioned Aug. 2.
Q: How can I find out the value of metal lunch boxes with pictures of comic characters, TV personalities and movie stars?
A: More than 500 lunch boxes and their current values are in the "Pictorial Price Guide to Metal Lunch Boxes and Thermoses," by Larry Atkins, available for $21.95 postpaid from L-W Book Sales, Box 69, Gas City, Ind. 46933, (800) 777-6450.
Q: Are there any publications that list old books and their values and where old books can be found? Also, where can I find book collectors or buyers?
A: "Huxford's Old Book Value Guide" tells how to evaluate the condition of old books found among family possessions and at book sales; the book is $21.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009.
Q: Where can I find early woodenware such as burl bowls, scoops, trenchers, etc.?
A: Choice burl woodenware from the 18th century can be found in the House of Axtell's 40-page catalog of 18th and 19th century folk art, decorative arts and accessories; the catalog is $9 postpaid from Axtell Antiques, 1 River St., Deposit, N.Y. 13754, (607) 467-2353).
Q: Where can one find a list of Illinois antiques shops?
A: Irene Taylor's 1992-'93 "Guide to Antique Shops in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin" is $6.75 postpaid from Moonlight Press, 202 N. Brighton Place, Arlington Heights, Ill. 60004, (708) 392-8438.
Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.