Q: I would be interested in your evaluation of this Ansonia "Triumph" model shelf clock. I know it has been in the family since 1900.
On the back it states "Prize Medal Awarded, Paris Exposition, 1878."
A: This model clock was introduced in 1880. It would probably sell in the $400 to $500 range.
The Paris Exposition Medal was awarded to the company, Ansonia, not the clock.
Q: What can you tell me about my Limoges porcelain box? It is 5 by 6 inches and 1 1/2 inches deep. It is decorated with fish, shells and seaweed.
A: This mark was used in Limoges, France, by Boisbertrand & Dorat in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $125 to $135. The decoration suggests that this is a sardine box.
Q: Please tell me whatever information you may have about a stein I have. It is a 1-liter German beer stein. It has male figures all around the sides. On the bottom is a picture of a stein in a triangle and the word "Musterschutz."
I would also like to know what it is worth.
A: Simon Peter Gerz made your stein during the late 19th century in the Hohr-Granzhausen area of Germany. "Musterschustz" means "patented" or "protected."
L Similar steins to yours are selling for around $135 to $145.
Q: The mark on the bottom of my left-handed mustache cup is "RS Prussia." Can you tell me something about its origin, vintage and value?
A: This mark was used by Reinhold Schlegelmilch in Tillowitz, Germany, around the turn of the century. The value would fall in the $150 to $175 range.
L An ordinary unmarked mustache cup might sell for $35 to $45.
Q: I have heard that reproductions of Coca-Cola trays are being sold. I know that old Coca-Cola trays are valuable, but I would like to know something about the reproductions and what they are being sold for.
A: Some of the prices for reproductions of Coca-Cola trays are:
Original 1914 tray, $200; 1972 copy, $20.
Original 1904 tray, $850; 1968 copy, $50.
Orignal 1917 tray, $200; 1972 copy, $20.
Original 1909 tray, $350; 1971 copy, $10.
Q. In 1958, when I was a little girl, the Coca-Cola bottling company gave children of their employees a Santa Claus doll. I am sure that it would be considered a collectible. Can you tell me what it might sell for?
A. Based on recent sales figures, this Coca-Cola Santa would probably sell for about $125 to $135 in really good condition.
Q. I have a small 6-inch vase that has a mark on the bottom that is decorated with flowing vines on a blue background.
Can you identify the maker and determine the value?
A. It was made by the Amphora Works, which was operated by Reissner, Stellmacher & Kessel in Turn-Teplitz, Austria, about 1900. It should sell for $150 to $175 in good condition.
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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.