Lantern may have had use on railroad


February 21, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: We assume that this is an authentic railroad lantern because my uncle used to work for the railroad. It still works. The top is marked "DIETZ"; the glass is red and the rim is marked "BLIZZARD."

What is its value, and should I remove the yellow paint?

A: This is basically a utility lantern but was probably used on the railroad. It was made in the early 20th century and might sell for $65 to $75.

A serious collector would object to the yellow paint.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of each piece of a porcelain dresser set. It consists of a hatpin holder, hair receiver and powder jar, decorated with poppies and foliage.

Please tell me whatever you can.

A: Your dresser set was made by the Royal Rudolstadt works in Rudolstadt, Germany, in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $165 to $185 in good condition.

Q: What can you tell me about my mustache cup that is marked "E., M.&C."? It is decorated with an Oriental scene of a man and a woman in a garden setting. The colors are red, yellow, green and black.

A:. Your mustache cup was made in Burslem, England, by Edge, Malkin & Co. during the late 19th century.

It might sell for $15 to $20.

Q: About 15 years ago, I bought a bronze statue of a dancing girl with a cherub at her feet. It is 25 inches tall and signed "Par Rousseau." It is titled "Reveil de la Nature."

I was told at the time that it was 75 years old.

I would like to know if it is that old. Who is the artist? Where did he live? How much is it worth?

A: Victor Rousseau was born in Belgium in 1865. He produced the original of this statue about 1900. "Par Rousseau" means "From Rousseau." This is a casting copied from his original statue.

The title is "The Awakening of Spring." It would probably be worth $800 to $900.

Q: We have a tea service that my grandfather brought back from overseas around the turn of the, century. It is marked "B. & Co., Limoges, France," and consists of a teapot, six cups and saucers, six dessert plates, sugar and creamer. It is white porcelain with iridescent overtones and gold trim.

Can you tell me when and where it was made, its value and who made it?

A. Your tea service was made in Limoges, France, by Bernardaud & Co. in the early 1900s. It would probably sell for about $225 to $235.

Book review: "Guide to Advertising Collectibles" by Ted Hake Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co.) catalogs more than a century of advertising collectibles. It concludes with a summary of how to assess values, care for collections and spot reproductions.

Q. I have a white sugar bowl with dark-green trim. On the bottom "Gold Medallion, Enoch Wedgwood Ltd., Tunstall, England, Trade Mark, Founded in 1835." There also is a picture of a unicorn.

I would appreciate your comments.

A. This should not be confused with the original Wedgwood founded by Josiah Wedgwood.

Wedgwood & Co. was founded in 1835 by Podmore, Walker & Co. In 1965, the name was changed to Enoch Wedgwood Ltd. So your sugar bowl must have been made in the past 25 to 30 years. It might sell for $25 to $30.

Q. We have a bathroom washbasin (sink) with typical overflow and drain. It appears to be hand painted in purple and gold on the inside of the bowl.

Inscribed on the bottom is T. C. Brown-Westwood, Moore & Co. -- by Royal Appointment Potters to Her Majesty."

Can you tell me anything about this piece?

A. "By Royal Appointment, etc., etc.," simply means that Queen Victoria at one time bought something from this company.

If you go to a large supermarket, you will find a similar inscription on Cross & Blackwell jam.

Your basin might sell for $125 to $135 if you can find a buyer.

For the record, this was probably made around the turn of the century.

Q. About 10 years ago, I inherited six 10-inch-diameter plates with scenes from Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe." They are marked on the backs, "Ivanhoe -- Wedgwood -- Etruria, England."

It occurred to me when I saw your column that they may have some value. I would appreciate your comments.

A. Your Ivanhoe plates made by Wedgwood were produced in the early 1900s and would be worth at least $300 for the set of six.

Q. I have a cup and saucer that I would like some information

about. They are white porcelain trimmed with gold and are marked "Royal Bayreuth," with two lions holding shields, one with a "P" and the other with a "T." Underneath is "Priv. 1794 -- Bavaria."

A. Your Royal Bayreuth cup and saucer were made in Tettau, Bavaria, during the early 20th century. These would probably sell for $35 to $50.

L "Priv. 1794" indicates the year the company was established.

The "P" and "T" stand for "Porzellanfrabrik Tettau."

Q. I have a porcelain chocolate set consisting of a pot and six cups and saucers. They are white and blue, decorated with daisies. The mark on the bottom is "T&V Limoges, France Depose."

A. The mark you describe was used by Tressemanes & Vogt on porcelain made in Limoges. "Depose" means "Protected" (design).

C7 The set would probably sell for about $225 to $235.

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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