Q: I have a Big Little Book, “Dick Tracy’s Chains of Crime.” It is from the 1930s and except for a few scuffs, in good condition. I have a friend wanting to buy it from me, but I have no idea of what it is worth. – Steve, New Paltz, N.Y.
A: I found your Big Little Book referenced in several price guides. It was published in 1936, and current values range from $30 to $130 depending on condition.
Q: I recently inherited an oblong dish, a cake plate and a pair of candlesticks in the Canterbury pattern made by Duncan & Miller glassware. I know nothing about this company and hope you can provide me with at least some information. – Barbara, Tyler, Texas
A: George Duncan founded the company in about 1865 in Pittsburgh. The firm became known as Duncan & Miller in 1900, but eventually was absorbed by the United States Glass Company. Many of the older designs continued to be manufactured. The Canterbury pattern was extremely popular. Your cake plate is probably worth about $25; the candlesticks, $30; and oblong relish dish, perhaps $50.
Q: I would like to know the value of… (and what followed was three typewritten pages of books, comics and other items) – Keith, Billings, Mont.
A: To research and value your several hundred items would take a great deal of time, and it is a service I don’t provide. Keep in mind that a free “appraisal” is worth what you pay for it. If you truly want to know how the value of your books and collectibles, hire the services of a certified appraiser or contact dealers in the Billings area.
Q: I love bells and have collected them for most of my adult life. I am now in the process of downsizing and would like your opinion of how I can begin selling some of the more common ones that I have. – Kenneth, Sioux Falls, S.D.
A: One of the better groups for collectors is the American Bell Association International, 4219 Boone Ave., New Hope, MN 55428. This is a fairly active group and sponsors annual conventions for its members, who are scattered throughout the country.
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