Perfect Uncle Wiggly mug may be worth $35 to $40 Market Value: Drinking milk with Ovaltine in the 1930s leads to payoff in the '90s.

Market Value

April 14, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,COWLES SYNDICATE

When I was a youngster, I drank a lot of milk with Ovaltine so I could send away for an Uncle Wiggly mug. I still have the mug. Can you tell me what it's worth?

Ovaltine used the Uncle Wiggly mugs as a premium in 1930 and '31.

There are two versions. One shows an Ovaltine sign on the house behind Uncle Wiggly. That's worth $40 in mint condition. The mug without the Ovaltine sign is worth $35 in mint condition.

The back of a gold and fake ruby pin I own is marked `CoroCraft.` Do you have any information on the company?

Coro Inc. was one of the largest manufacturers of costume jewelry in the world. It was founded in the 1920s in New York City. Its CoroCraft line was the high-end sterling line.

The old Coro company closed its doors in the 1970s, but another manufacturer has begun making jewelry under the Coro name.

I saw a hall tree made of cast iron in an antique shop. I'd never seen an iron one before. Could it be a reproduction?

Cast-iron hall trees were popular in the Eastern United States between 1860 and 1890.

Cast-iron hall trees sell for $450 to $1,000, depending on the condition and ornamentation.

My silver-colored tea set is marked `Hard White Metal, Middletown Plate Co., Quadruple Plate.` Is it made of plain metal plated with hard white metal, or is it a hard white metal plated with silver?

The mark means that the hard white metal, similar to pewter, is plated with a thin coat of silver.

The Middletown Plate Co. in Connecticut worked from 1864 to 1899, when it became part of the International Silver Co.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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