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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | September 27, 1992
Q: Can you tell me anything about actor James Cagney's paintings and if they are for sale? I'd love to add one to my collection.A: Cagney's works ranged from pinup girls to battered prizefighters, including an oil portrait Cagney called "The Winner." He also drew caricatures of his friends and the likenesses of wounded soldiers when he toured Army hospitals in Europe during World War II. An auction of some of Cagney's paintings and illustrations will be held Sept. 30 at William Doyle Galleries & Auctioneers, 175 E. 87th St., New York, N.Y. 10128.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | November 26, 1995
How much would a Rita Hayworth doll (received in 1950) be worth today? The doll, which is in very good condition, is dressed in a full-length red dress with black lace net at the waist. It has red, shoulder-length hair with a black net veil on the head with a red rose on top and another below the waist and wears gold shoes with black ribbons strapped around her ankles.Also, how can I find the value of a 1946 78-rpm record album titled "The Unsuccessful Elf" by Paul Wing?Your Rita Hayworth doll dressed as Carmen stands 14 inches tall, was produced by Uneeda in 1948, is very rare, and is worth $500 in mint condition, according to the book "Modern Collector's Dolls -- Identification & Value Guide -- Seventh Series," by Patricia R. Smith.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | June 23, 1991
Q: I have several framed Wallace Nutting pictures that belonged to my grandmother. How can I check their value?A: The highest price paid for a Wallace Nutting painting is $4,950 for "The Guardian Mother."Two hundred fifty Nutting pictures were auctioned a week ago Friday in East Hartford, Conn. Auction catalogs, which include a post-sale price list, are available for $12 postpaid from Michael Ivankovich, Box 2458, Doylestown, Pa. 18901; phone (215) 345-6094.Also available are Mr. Ivankovich's "The Price Guide to Wallace Nutting Pictures" ($16.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | October 29, 1995
Can you provide us with any information as to the value of, and where we can sell, a size 40 World War II Navy leather flight jacket in good to excellent condition, stamped USN under the collar? It was given to us by a World War II veteran 20 years ago.Such World War II Navy flight jackets can range in value from $200 to $1,000 or more depending on the jacket's insignia, according to Randy Donley. Write to him c/o War Museum Exhibits, 8512 S. Union Road, Union, Ill. 60180.Enclose a photo or description of the piece or pieces and a self-addressed stamped envelope for an evaluation, reply or cash offer.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | February 17, 1991
Q: Where can I find information on fancy wicker furniture used by photographers in the late 19th century? How can I learn to distinguish such furniture from other antique wicker pieces?A: For starters I suggest you study old photographs taken by professional photographers. They often posed their subjects on wicker furniture -- chairs, benches and other elaborate pieces embellished with stick and ball, curlicue and fancy scrollwork designs. A book on the subject, which also prices these old pieces (they range from $450 to $900)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | July 5, 1992
Q: Where can I find information on old beer steins and their values, and where can I buy some?A: Glentiques Ltd. (Box 8807, Coral Springs, Fla. 33075) has three books: "The Beer Stein Book," by Gary Kirsner and Jim Gruhl, $41.95 postpaid; "The Mettlach Book," by Mr. Kirsner, $37 postpaid; and "German Military Steins," by Mr. Kirsner, $16.95 postpaid.The quarterly Stein Line newsletter is $25 a year from Box 48716, Chicago, Ill. 60648. Or write to stein auctioneer Andre Ammelounx, Box 136, Palatine, Ill. 60078, (708)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,KNIGHT-RIDDER/TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | October 29, 1995
Can you provide us with any information as to the value of, and where we can sell, a size 40 World War II Navy leather flight jacket in good to excellent condition, stamped USN under the collar? It was given to us by a World War II veteran 20 years ago.Such World War II Navy flight jackets can range in value from $200 to $1,000 or more depending on the jacket's insignia, according to Randy Donley. Write to him c/o War Museum Exhibits, 8512 S. Union Road, Union, Ill. 60180.Enclose a photo or description of the piece or pieces and a self-addressed stamped envelope for an evaluation, reply or cash offer.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | December 15, 1991
Q: We recently acquired two bushel baskets filled with old carnival glass that belonged to my husband's grandmother. How can we check out the value?A: The value of pressed and iridescent glass produced between 1905 and 1930 depends on the piece and its color, condition, pattern, shape, origin, rarity and desirability."
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | February 2, 1992
Q: I recently bought old brass and copper kettles, utensils, pots, planters and other pieces. Where can I find information on the age and value of such items, and is there a good polish that can clean spots and stains?A: The 1992 edition of "Antique Brass & Copper-Identification & Value Guide," by Mary Frank Gaston, is available for $18.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009; (800) 626-5420.Many beautiful pieces of hammered copper and plated brass were made in the early 20th century by Roycroft, and numerous examples are in "Roycroft Art Metal," by Kevin McConnell, available for $16.95 postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380; (215)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | September 29, 1991
Q: Where can I find fine reproductions of American country furniture and accessories approved by prominent museums?A: Write to the Workshops of David T. Smith, 3600 Shawhan Road, Morrow, Ohio 45152, enclosing $3.50 for a catalog or $3.50 for a packet of color photos, or phone (513) 932-2472.Q: I collect old and interesting kitchen tools of all types. Is there a club or newsletter for kitchen collectors?A: From 1984 to 1986, extensive information appeared in the quarterly Kitchen Collectibles News, and copies are available for $25 postpaid from Linda Campbell Franklin, 2716 Northfield Road, Charlottesville, Va.: 22901.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | January 17, 1993
Q: Where can I find information about antique student lamps and their values? If an antique student lamp were electrified, would it have a lower value?A: "Student Lamps of the Victorian Era" by Richard C. Miller and John F. Solverson covers every aspect of these lamps, including repair, restoration, conversion, parts, manufacturers and currentvalues. The book is available with a 1992-1993 value guide for $37.95 postpaid softbound, or $52.95 postpaid for a limited-edition hardbound, from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750-9979, (800)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | December 6, 1992
Q: I have a planter from the early 1950s that's shaped like a lady's head, wearing a string of pearls and matching earrings. How can I find out more about the history and value of such planters?A: "The World of Head Vase Planters," by Mike Posgay and Ian Warner, is available with a separate price guide for $37.95 postpaid from Antique Publications, Box 553, Marietta, Ohio 45750; phone (800) 533-3433. Further information is available from the authors at Box 93022, 499 Main St. South, Brampton, Ontario, Canada L6Y 4V8.The Head Hunters Newsletter for doll head vase collectors is published quarterly for $16 a year or $2.50 an issue and is available from Maddy Gordon, 8 Mohican Trail, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583; phone (914)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | September 27, 1992
Q: Can you tell me anything about actor James Cagney's paintings and if they are for sale? I'd love to add one to my collection.A: Cagney's works ranged from pinup girls to battered prizefighters, including an oil portrait Cagney called "The Winner." He also drew caricatures of his friends and the likenesses of wounded soldiers when he toured Army hospitals in Europe during World War II. An auction of some of Cagney's paintings and illustrations will be held Sept. 30 at William Doyle Galleries & Auctioneers, 175 E. 87th St., New York, N.Y. 10128.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | September 13, 1992
Q: I'm interested in lighthouse artwork, models, literature and related items. Are there any lighthouses open to the public in the Chicago area, or any lighthouse exhibitions, books, publications or organizations? Also, are there any lighthouse muralists?A: Lighthouse lovers and collectors will beam upon seeing the "Eyes on the Sea: A Celebration of Lighthouses" exhibit on view through Dec. 31 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. The exhibit features seven detailed scale models of lighthouses handcrafted by Steven Skinner set against natural-looking surroundings created by Kathryn Field.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | July 19, 1992
Q: How can I find out more about old-fashioned store signs, counter displays, tins, bins, boxes and other containers designed with colorful graphics that advertised products?A: The Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA) offers an annual membership and publication issued nine times a year for $35 from AAAA, Box 1121, Morton Grove, Ill. 60053.To check out old advertising items and tobacco tins for their value, write to David Hirsch, 205 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60606, enclosing a photo or description of the piece and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | July 5, 1992
Q: Where can I find information on old beer steins and their values, and where can I buy some?A: Glentiques Ltd. (Box 8807, Coral Springs, Fla. 33075) has three books: "The Beer Stein Book," by Gary Kirsner and Jim Gruhl, $41.95 postpaid; "The Mettlach Book," by Mr. Kirsner, $37 postpaid; and "German Military Steins," by Mr. Kirsner, $16.95 postpaid.The quarterly Stein Line newsletter is $25 a year from Box 48716, Chicago, Ill. 60648. Or write to stein auctioneer Andre Ammelounx, Box 136, Palatine, Ill. 60078, (708)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | January 19, 1992
Q: How can I find out more about basketball cards and which ones are most valuable? Are there shops or sources that specialize in them?A: The game of basketball recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The 1991-92 Series I of NBA Hoops official basketball cards feature statistics, biographical information and career highlights and are available in packs of 15 to 47 cards."Dr. James Beckett's Official Price Guide to Basketball Cards" is $6.99 postpaid from the House of Collectibles, 201 E. 50th St., New York, N.Y. 10022; (800)
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | July 19, 1992
Q: How can I find out more about old-fashioned store signs, counter displays, tins, bins, boxes and other containers designed with colorful graphics that advertised products?A: The Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA) offers an annual membership and publication issued nine times a year for $35 from AAAA, Box 1121, Morton Grove, Ill. 60053.To check out old advertising items and tobacco tins for their value, write to David Hirsch, 205 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60606, enclosing a photo or description of the piece and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, evaluation or offer.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | February 9, 1992
Q: My wife bought a blown-glass Pairpoint lamp. We looked through some books and have been unable to find our lamp. Is there a book we can consult?A. Pairpoint lamps, made from 1907 to 1929 in Bedford, Mass., have hand-painted designs that "puff," or stand out."Pairpoint Lamps," by Edward and Sheila Malakoff, is $97 postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380; (215) 696-1001. The Malakoffs' book contains reproduced ads for these lamps and a separate "Pairpoint Lamp Rarity Guide."
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune | February 2, 1992
Q: I recently bought old brass and copper kettles, utensils, pots, planters and other pieces. Where can I find information on the age and value of such items, and is there a good polish that can clean spots and stains?A: The 1992 edition of "Antique Brass & Copper-Identification & Value Guide," by Mary Frank Gaston, is available for $18.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009; (800) 626-5420.Many beautiful pieces of hammered copper and plated brass were made in the early 20th century by Roycroft, and numerous examples are in "Roycroft Art Metal," by Kevin McConnell, available for $16.95 postpaid from Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1469 Morstein Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380; (215)
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