Digging up data on head-shaped vase planters

COLLECTIBLES

December 06, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I have a planter from the early 1950s that's shaped like a lady's head, wearing a string of pearls and matching earrings. How can I find out more about the history and value of such planters?

A: "The World of Head Vase Planters," by Mike Posgay and Ian Warner, is available with a separate price guide for $37.95 postpaid from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750; phone (800) 533-3433. Further information is available from the authors at Box 93022, 499 Main St. South, Brampton, Ontario, Canada L6Y 4V8.

The Head Hunters Newsletter for doll head vase collectors is published quarterly for $16 a year or $2.50 an issue and is available from Maddy Gordon, 8 Mohican Trail, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583; phone (914) 472-0200.

Q: I collect cows. Is there a club for collectors?

A: Write to the Cowtree Collector, 240 Wahl Ave., Evans City, Pa. 16033, enclosing $5.25 for a quarterly newsletter or $1.75 for a single issue. Or phone Carol Peiffer, publisher and editor, at (412) 538-5038.

Q: Is there a pocket-size book on Depression Glass I can take to identify patterns and price pieces at rummage sales? Also, where can I find information on how to organize a successful garage sale?

A: Send for a copy of the 1993 "Pocket Guide to Depression Glass," by Gene Florence, available for $11.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009; phone (800) 626-5420. To sell glass or other items, consult "The Book of Professional Secrets for Doing Your Own Household, Garage, Porch, Etc. Sale," available for $5.95 postpaid from the author, Marge Maroney, 1039 Oakley Ave., Deerfield, Ill. 60015.

Q: Where can I find information on antique and collectible thimbles?

A: Write to Thimble Collectors International, in care of Shirley Newton, 565 Bermuda Run, Bermuda Run, N.C. 27006-9507. Annual dues and newsletter are $15; send a stamped, addressed envelope for details. Thimbles are covered in "Zalkin's Handbook of Thimbles and Sewing Implements," by Estelle Zalkin, available for $27.45 postpaid from Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1 Chilton Way, Radnor, Pa. 19089-0230; phone (800) 695-1214.

Q: Do old baseball gloves have any value?

A: You can find out everything you want to know about gloves by subscribing to the bimonthly Glove Collector Newsletter, available for $12.95 a year from the Glove Collector, 14057 Rolling Hills Lane, Dallas, Texas 75240-3807; phone (214) 699-1808. The "Vintage Baseball Glove Price Guide," by Joe Phillips and Dave Bushing, is $16.95 postpaid; to order, phone (800) 697-1808.

Q: Where can I find unusual crystal jewelry?

A: Write to the Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry newsletter and club, Box 265, Glen Oaks, N.Y. 11004 (718) 969-2320, enclosing $15 for an annual membership and newsletter subscription.

Q: My husband is interested in collecting Napoleon-related memorabilia.

A: Write to Bob Snibbe in care of the Napoleonic Society of America, 1115 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Clearwater, Fla. 34616 (813) 586-1779 or (813) 584-1255, enclosing a stamp, for membership

information.

Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.

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