Q: I have a creamer in the shape of a cow. I bought it at a church sale and paid $35 for it. – Mark, Hammond, La.
A: I’m not sure what your question is, but I must tell you that many of the “cow creamers” have been reproduced, and most generally sell for less than $20. To determine if your creamer is authentic and older, show it to an established antiques dealer in your area for his or her opinion. For current values, I recommend “The Antique Trader Kitchen Collectibles Price” edited by Kyle Husfloen. There are several pages featuring creamers with current values.
Q: I have a collection of cigarette silks that were given away as premiums, probably during the 1920s. Is there someone I can contact about them? The ones I have represent international flags. – Bill, Flagstaff, Ariz.
A: Robert Forbes is a serious collector of tobacco memorabilia and has written several books on the subject. He might be able to advise you. His address is P.O. Box 62, DuPont, WA 98373. Check out his excellent reference “American Tobacco Silks, Flannels, and Leathers,” which can be ordered from him.
Q: My parents were married in 1953 and received a set of sterling flatware in the “Bridal Veil” pattern. What can you tell me about it? – Susan, Westminster, Colo.
A: Your pattern was crafted by the International Silver Company and introduced in 1950. The company was formed in 1898 in Meriden, Conn., by a group of independent silversmiths. The association eventually included several additional companies including Rogers Brothers, Derby Silver, Meriden Britannia, Webstar and Wilcox, and others. Although this isn’t one of the more expensive patterns, it is certainly a handsome one.
Q: I have a set of six volumes of “Nation’s Heritage” published by B.C. Forbes & Sons in 1949, all in fine condition. Do these books have any value, and where can I offer them for sale? – R.C.R., Albuquerque, N.M.
A: These appear to sell in the $15 to $25 range per volume in my area of the country, Phoenix. You live in a fairly large city with several excellent used bookstores. Begin there.
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