Statue of Liberty items have widespread appeal

COLLECTIBLES

July 26, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: How can I find out more about Statue of Liberty items, and how can I contact collectors?

A: The value of a Statue of Liberty-related item depends on its quality, importance, scarcity and artistic merit. A piece may have more value if it is of interest to more than one type of collector, such as a bronze menorah designed with nine candleholders, each shaped like the Statue

of Liberty, which was cast in 1986 to commemorate the statue's centennial and which brought $8,250 at a 1991 auction.

The Statue of Liberty Collectors Club offers an annual membership and three-times-a-year newsletter for $10 from Iris November, Box 535, Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722, (216) 831-2646.

Q: Where can I find antique clock repair shops or craftsmen who specialize in restoring antique grandfather clocks?

A: You'll find listings in the all-encompassing "1992 Chicago Prop Finders Handbook," available for $55 postpaid from the Print Group, 2835 N. Sheffield Ave., Suite 200, Chicago, Ill. 60657, (312) 880-2232. Also, you may want to write to the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc., 514 Poplar St., Columbia, Pa. 17512-2130, (717) 684-8261, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information, or $25 for annual membership dues.

Q: I have a Gulf credit card issued in 1936. Is there anyone who collects gasoline credit cards?

A: Write to the Credit Card Collector, a monthly publication available for $19.50 a year, or $2 for a sample copy, from Greg Tunks, 150 Hohldale, Houston, Texas 77022.

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