Q: Enclosed is a picture of an old rocking chair. It appears to have the original finish and all original parts.
I would appreciate your comments in regard to its origin, age and value.
A: This is an American Windsor-type rocker that was made in the early 1800s. It would probably sell for $500 to $600.
Q: This mark is on the bottom of my set of china. It is an 82-piece service for 12 decorated with flowers around the edge and a line of gold on the rim.
Can you tell me anything about the maker and what this set of china would be worth?
A: Your china was made by the Porzellanfabrik in Tirschenreuth, Germany, during the early 1900s. It might be worth around $500 to $600.
The company was founded in 1838 and became part of the Hutschenreuther Co. in 1927.
Q: I have a very old bowl that is decorated with blue floral designs. The bowl is 10 inches in diameter and has the enclosed mark on the bottom. I am sure it must be quite valuable.
A: Your bowl was made by Cheathcote & Co. in Fenton, England, about 1800. It is fairly valuable and might sell for more than $200.
Q: Please evaluate my antique doorstop. It consists of a little girl standing in front of a wall and is marked "Albany Foundry." It is 4 1/2 inches high and 3 1/2 inches wide.
A: Your cast-iron doorstop was made in Albany, N.Y., in the late 1800s. It would probably sell for $150 to $175, providing the painted finish is in good condition.
Q: Since world's fair items are collectible, I am sure that my cuff links from the 1876 Phladelphia Centennial must be quite valuable. They are made of silver and tortoise shell and have a picture of the Art Gallery Exhibit.
A: You are right. Your cuff links would probably be worth about $125 to $135 for the pair in good condition.
Q: I have a large oval platter decorated with dancing couples and marked "Schaller." The center is maroon color.
I also have a 10-inch-square plate marked "M -- Hand Painted -- Nippon." It is decorated with floral garlands and a gold rim.
Can you give me some information about these items?
A: The platter was made by Oscar Schaller & Co. in Schwarzenbach, Germany, about 1900 and might sell for $35 to $45.
The Nippon (Japanese) plate was made in the early 1900s and would probably sell for $40 to $50.
Q: Please evaluate my Haviland china that was left to me by my grandmother. It is white porcelain decorated with pink roses and a gold band on the rim. It is marked "H & Co., Limoges, France," and consists of eight six-piece place settings and seven serving pieces.
A: Your Haviland china was made in the early 20th century and might sell for $1,000 to $1,200.
Coca-cola collectibles: The Coca-Cola trademark is probably the best known in the history of marketing. It's only natural that people would gravitate toward collecting items with the famous logo.
Simple things, like bottles and glasses, quickly come to mind. The first bell-shape glass with "Trade Mark" in the tail of "Coca" was introduced in 1929 and sells for about $30.
The straight-sided bottles used before World War I sell from $15 to several hundred dollars for the very early ones.
Bottle openers range from a few dollars to several hundred. Tin serving trays are among the most popular collectibles. They can range from $50 to more than $100 for trays produced in the last 50 years. The 1900-1910 trays run $1,000 to $2,000, but beware of reproductions.
Toy trucks and cars bearing the Coca-Cola logo are double-barreled collectibles since they also are sought by toy collectors.
A 1930s Metalcraft truck in good condition runs about $500. If it is mint condition, in the original box, the price is $1,500. Budget prices of less than $100 are found on Coca-Cola trucks of the 1960s to 1980s.
The prima donna collectible is probably the Baird gallery (round) clock with "Coca-Cola -- The Ideal Brain Drink" imprint around the dial. Now we're talking $4,000 or $5,000. Before mortgaging the farm to buy one of these gems, you should refer to one of the books on the subject. "Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide" by Allan Petretti (Wallace-Homestead Books) and "Price Guide to Coca-Cola Collectibles" by Deborah Goldstein Hill (Wallace-Homestead) are both currently available at your local bookstore.
Cloisonne: Basically, cloisonne is created by soldering a metal wire to a metal base, forming a decorative pattern. The spaces between the wire are filled with various colored enamels and then fired in a kiln. The metals commonly used are copper, brass and silver.
Cloisonne was first made in China in the 14th century. Designs consisted of stylized florals, dragons, geometrics, etc.
One type was openwork cloisonne. The design was accomplished by applying the colors to the florals, etc., while leaving the background with the base metal exposed.
In pigeon blood cloisonne, the background was stamped in a stippled effect, then coated with a transparent red enamel. The details of birds, bamboo, etc., were enameled in conventional colors.
In an effort to achieve the effect of silver economically, a sheet of silver foil was wrapped around a brass or copper body. The details were coated with opaque enamels while the background was covered with a transparent enamel revealing a silver effect.
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.