Q: I have several pieces of Corning Ware and was surprised to see some for sale at a local antique mall. What’s the deal? – Susan, Littleton, Colo.
A: Corning Ware was introduced in 1958 and was high-fired glassware capable of going from the freezer to the stove without damage. The first pattern was Blue Cornflower, which was followed by several other popular designs such as Spice O’ Life, Renaissance, Peony, Friendship and Indian Summer.
More than half a century has passed since Corning Ware found its way into American homes, and it is, perhaps, a combination of its durability and a nostalgia for mid-century America that has drawn increased interest. Although prices are fairly reasonable, I predict the values will steadily climb.
Q: My family lived in Manhattan during the 1930s and was one of the first to have a television set. It is a General Electric model HM-185 console and was purchased by my dad in about 1940. I have always been curious about how much it might be worth. – Carl, Sun City West, Ariz.
A: Your television set was marketed in 1939 and is referenced in the Antique Trader Radio and Television Price Guide edited by Kyle Husfloen, and valued at $12,000.
Q: I purchased a collector plate at a yard sale, “Pieta” by Michelanglo. I was offered $15 for it, but that doesn’t seem like a fair price for it. – John, Sioux Falls, S.D.
A: Walk into almost any antique mall and you’re likely to find stacks of collector plates, most priced in the $5 to $15 range. As with most collectibles, there are always exceptions, but the market for collector plates is stagnant, and many are selling for a fraction of their original cost. I don’t see this trend changing, at least not in the immediate future.
Q: I have the first issue of “Mirabella” magazine from June 1989. What do you think it is worth? – Charlotte, Albuquerque, N.M.
A: “Mirabella” magazine was named for Grace Mirabella, a former editor-in-chief of Vogue. It struggled for more than a decade before finally folding. Your magazine is probably worth in the $10 to $15 range.
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