I inherited a collection of Boy Scout memorabilia. The oldest dated item is a jamboree neckerchief dated 1935. The first Boy Scout Jamboree was scheduled in Washington, D.C., in 1935. There was a polio epidemic that year, and the jamboree was canceled. Neckerchiefs, patches and other memorabilia had already been made. The first jamboree was held in 1937.
Your rare neckerchief is worth more than $100.
My chair has a painted mark on the bottom that says "Stephen Shorey." Where was it made?
Stephen Shorey was a chair maker in Rochester, N.H. Shorey's Mills made 3,000 to 4,000 chairs a year in the 1850s.
Our new home has a bronze water fountain in the yard. The name "E. Epple" is etched on the side of the column. Do you know anything about the artist?
Emil Epple worked in Germany in the 1920s. He was noted for his portrait busts as well as his larger bronze pieces.
My mother left me her electric lamp that she called her "Moon and Star" lamp. I think the name refers to the pattern on the pressed-glass lamp shade. Is that right?
Several glass factories made items in the Moon and Star pattern, but only two of them made lamp parts, the L.E. Smith Glass Co. of Mount Pleasant, Pa., and the L.G. Wright Co. of New Martinsville, W.Va.
Lamps are in great demand by Moon and Star collectors. Some sell for as much as $600.
The bottom of a vase I have is marked "Villeroy & Boch." It was given to my grandparents
Villeroy & Boch Pottery was founded in 1841 in Mettlach, Germany. It made many types of wares, including the famous Mettlach steins. The company is still in business.
Pub Date: 4/21/96