How to get rolling on golf ball queries

ANTIQUES

April 23, 1995|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service

Q: We recently inherited a unique collection of approximately 26,000 golf balls, all with a different name or logo. They are in good cleaned condition and boxed. How can I find out what such a collection is worth, and how can I sell it?

A: To check out or sell old golf-related items or memorabilia, or to buy books on collectible golftiques, write Russell at Russell's Antiques, 2404 W. 111th St., Chicago, Ill. 60655, or phone him at (312) 233-3205. Antique feather golf balls are very desirable and command big bucks.

Q: I recently purchased a pair of iron bells at an antique show in South Carolina. Where can I find information regarding what type of bells they are and what they were used for? Each bell has a hollow compartment on either side which contains a stone.

A: Write the American Bell Association, P.O. Box 19443, Indianapolis, Ind. 46219; enclose a photo of the bell and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or membership and convention details.

The ABA International Inc. will hold its 50th Annual Convention June 25-28 at the Radisson Hotel-St. Louis Airport in St. Louis, Mo.

Q: I inherited a collection of souvenir spoons put together by my grandfather. Can you put me in touch with collectors of such spoons, or tell me if there are any publications that might give me some idea of their worth?

A: You can write to the following clubs for membership and newsletter information: American Spoon Collectors, c/o Bill Boyd, 4922 State Line, Westwood Hills, Kan. 66205, phone (913) 831-0912; the Scoop Club, c/o Margaret Alves, 84 Oak Ave., Shelton, Conn. 06484, phone (203) 924-4768; Northeastern Spoon Collectors Guild, c/o Ann Marek, 52 Hillcrest Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960, phone (201) 539-9846; the Silver Spoon Club of Great Britain (for collectors of antique or fine silver spoons and associated silver cutlery), c/o Terry and Mary Haines, Glenleigh Park, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 7JB England.

Enclose a self-addressed, stamped, long envelope for each.

One informative book by Dorothy T. Rainwater and Donna H. Felger is "Spoons From Around the World"; it is available in a hardcover edition for $62.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659. Also by Ms. Rainwater and Ms. Felger is "American Spoons: Souvenir and Historical"; it is available in a hardcover edition for $47.90 postpaid from Ace's above address. Both books are extremely extensive and rich in research.

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