Jerry Lewis' library card is worth checking out Market Value: Item signed by the actor before he was famous could be donated or sold.

Market Value

January 14, 1996|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

I have a library card signed by Jerry Lewis, which he gave to me in 1941 when we attended the same school. Also, how can I find out the value of a Shaker chair with the number 13 on the back?

A library card that Jerry signed before he became "Jerry Lewis" is indeed priceless. You may want to donate the card to Jerry's next muscular dystrophy telethon, asking that it be auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds benefiting the cause. Or anyone interested in obtaining the card can write me to contact you.

To check out the value of your Shaker chair, or to auction it, write Skinner Inc., 357 Main St., Bolton, Mass. 01740. Enclose a clear photo and complete description of the chair for an auction evaluation, or phone (508) 779-6241 for information.

I'm interested in collecting pie birds, which are very difficult to find. Where can I possibly find some? Are there any books on the subject?

For information regarding Pie Birds Unlimited newsletters, write Lillian Cole, 14 Harmony School Road, Flemington, N.J. 08822-260; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for information, or phone her at (908) 782-3198. Also write pie bird dealer Alan Pedel at Kelly's Cottage, Guineaford, Barnstable, Devon EX31 4EA England, or phone him at 01271-75166.

Pie birds (in the shape of ceramic birds and other figures) can be recognized by their upturned open mouths and hollow bodies. They were inserted into pies before baking to let steam escape.

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