Check out the value of inherited collection Market Value: From Ace comes an encyclopedia with pictures and descriptions of teapots and other china made by Hall.


November 19, 1995|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

I recently inherited my mother's collection of 260 teapots. Is there a book or publication that lists the original purchase price and current market values for Hall teapots, etc.?

You'll find countless teapots and other pieces fully described and pictured in color along with their patterns and current values in "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Hall China -- Second Edition" by Margaret and Kenn Whitmyer.

It is available for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.

I have a set of dishes with a few matching pieces described as follows: "Charlotte. Engraved from original drawings by F. Cutts designer, circa 1830. Reproduced in Royal Staffordshire Dinnerware. Burslem, England. Clarice Cliff." The color is mauve with flowers on a white/cream background.

I'm aware that Clarice Cliff is of this century, and I've seen her work on display in the National Theatre in London. I also know she is English, and often designs very modern pieces with bright primary colors.

How can I find out more about my dishes and if they have any value?

Write the Clarice Cliff Collector's Club, c/o Leonard Griffin, Fantasque House, Tennis Drive, the Park, Nottingham NG7 1AE, England; enclose a description of the pieces and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply.

Where can I sell my collection of over 1,000 advertising ash trays, which date way back?

Write the Ashtray Journal, P.O. Box 11652, Houston, Texas 77293. It offers a bimonthly subscription for $14.95, in which you'll find collectors and buy/sell/wanted ads and in which you may advertise your collection for sale.

However, keep in mind that certain advertising ashtrays will interest those who collect certain advertising items.

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