Carved heirloom desk is worth about $375 to $400


September 06, 1992|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a desk that has been in my family for several generations. The brass hinge that supports the writing top is dated April 5, 1887. The carving on the front depicts the "North Wind." Could you tell me something of its value?

A: Your desk is Queen Anne style, maker and origin unknown. The date on the hinge is a hardware number. Your desk was made around 1900 and should sell for $375 to $400.

Q: I have a three-piece toilet set consisting of a pitcher, bowl and soap dish. It is decorated with a floral design with gold trim. The mark I have enclosed is on the bottom of the three pieces.

A: Your toilet set was made around 1900 by Taylor, Smith & Taylor in East Liverpool, Ohio. It would probably sell for $165 to $185.

Q: I have started to collect ceramic plates trimmed in 22-karat to 24-karat gold, marked "Crest of Gold" Sabin. I also have a cup and saucer and an ashtray with the same marking. Can you give me the history, age and value of these products?

A: These items were made by Sabin Industries Inc. in McKeesport, Pa. It is inexpensive china made in the mid-20th century and still being produced. Each piece would run in the $10 to $15 range.

Q: I would appreciate it if you could give me some information about a glass figurine of a rearing pony. It has a mark of an "H" in a diamond. I would like to know who made it, when, and its current value?

A: This little figurine was made by A. H. Heisey and Co., in Newark, Ohio, during the early 20th century.

The company was founded in 1898, and in 1957 it was taken over by the Imperial Glass Co., Bellaire, Ohio. The "H" mark was discontinued in 1968. A dealer would price this at about $165 to $175.

Q: I am curious about ironstone china. Could you give me some information about it? I would also like you to explain just what ironstone china is.

A: Charles James Mason developed ironstone in 1813. It was a chinaware that was heavier than porcelain, cheap and durable. The earthenware made earlier was thicker and discolored and checked with age.

For 40 years the Mason family held patents. Thereafter many other companies produced ironstone china -- most of it inferior to Mason's.

Q: I have two plates that belonged to my grandmother. One of them is marked "J.P. France."

L The other plate is marked "Germany" and says "Hand Painted."

Will you please tell me whatever you can about these plates and how much they are worth?

A: The plate marked "J.P. France" was made by Jean Pouyat in Limoges, France, in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for $25 to $35.

The maker of the German plate is unknown. It was made in the early 20th century and would probably sell for $15 to $20.

Q: I have an Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watch. On the back, it has the number 7842, and there is a small square with the letters "U.S. Time." It still has the original bright-red buckle band, and it still runs.

Can you give me an idea as to the value of the watch?

A: This Mickey Mouse wristwatch was made about 1950 by U.S. Time. It should sell for around $175 to $200 in good condition.


Coca-Cola collectibles: The Coca-Cola trademark is probably the best known in the history of marketing. It is recognized all over the world. 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.

Tin serving trays are one of the most popular collectibles. They can range from $50 to more than $100 for the trays produced in the last 50 years. The 1900-1910 trays run $1,000 to $2,000. but beware of reproductions.


rTC Book review: "Comic Values Annual -- The Comic Books Price Guide" by Alex Malloy, publisher of Comic Values Monthly (Wallace-Homestead), lists thousands of comic books, from early Superman comics for several thousand dollars to recent Action Comics for as little as $1.

If you have a small collection of old comic books, this price guide will enable you to evaluate each one. It also is a manual to guide the collector in building a choice collection.

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.

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