Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary because of local economic conditions.
Mexican jewelry: pin, Mexican boy with donkey and cactus, sterling, 3 inches: $45.
Depression glass cake plate: Sunflower pattern, green, footed: $55. Manning Bowman & Co. waffle iron: chrome with white Bakelite handles, 1924: $65.
"Easy Steps in Sewing for Big and Little Girls": by Jane Eayre Fryer, 1913: $100.
Aluminum ice bucket: Chrysanthemum pattern, No. 705, by Continental: $125.
Kestner doll No. 214: azure-blue sleep eyes, molded features, red brows, blond mohair wig, original clothes, 19 inches: $995.
Gibson Girl plate: Miss Babble brings morning paper, blue and white: $165.
Currier & Ives lithograph: "View of Harper's Ferry," Virginia, framed, circa 1860, 143/4 by 201/4 inches: $1,880.
Kathe Kruse doll: series 1, cloth, pouty face, blue eyes, Dutch costume, c.1915, 17 inches: $2,400.
G. Stickley chair: No. 376, mahogany, 11-slat back, 9-slat arm, 49 inches: $2,910.
Tight-fitting clothes and elaborate powdered wigs and hairdos were popular with both men and women in the 18th century. As a result, small tables with drawers for combs, brushes and mirrors were made for the bedrooms of the well-to-do.
At first, the mirrors were small because it was difficult to make large pieces of glass. By the 19th century, the dressing table or vanity was much like it is today, a table with drawers, shelves and a large mirror.
The 1920s was the time of great demand for the vanity. A round mirror was used above a desklike table with drawers, and the table top was often glass. Other vanities were made to match furniture of the Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts or Modern styles.
Q: My Mickey Mouse wristwatch doesn't work and has no band but an antiques dealer wants to buy it.
The watch reads "Bradley" at the top, "Mickey Mouse" in the center and "Swiss Made, Walt Disney Productions" across the bottom. Mickey's hands point to Roman numeral hours, and second markers are around the rotating outside frame. Mickey's hands are red. The dealer has never seen a watch with Mickey's hands colored red.
Is it rare?
A: Your Mickey Mouse watch was made in 1973 or '74 by Bradley Time, a division of the Elgin Watch Co. Bradley was the official licensee for Walt Disney character watches from late 1972 to 1985. During this period, Bradley made 1,800 different styles of character watches, and many of the Mickey Mouse watches have red hands. If you had the original band and box, and if the watch worked, it would be worth $300 or more. In its present condition, your watch has little value.
Q: We have inherited six cut-glass drinking glasses. A mark on the bottom of each glass shows a trefoil shape, with two birds and a fleur-de-lis inside. The word "Hawkes" is etched under the mark. Please tell us about the manufacturer.
A: The glasses were made by T.G. Hawkes & Co. of Corning, N.Y., after 1890. The company was formed in 1880 by Thomas G. Hawkes, who helped Frederick Carder found the Steuben Glass Works in Corning. Hawkes & Co. made "brilliant cut" glass. The company closed in 1959.
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