Q: I have a clock that is designed to look like a fireplace. When it’s plugged in, an element looks like a real burning fire. This is an old clock, and I wonder where I can sell it. — Bernie, Albuquerque, N.M.
A: Although I am not certain what company made your clock, I found two listed on eBay, one for $35, one for $45. Ones that I have spotted in shops generally are priced for less than $50. This is for clocks in fairly good shape and in working condition. To find a buyer for your clock, I suggest you show it to antiques and clock dealers in your area.
Q: I have a collection of 54 Lenox carousel horses, and an additional 16 by Thomas Kinkade. Where can I sell them? — Tom, Tiro, Ohio
A: I suggest you post them on eBay. This will showcase them to buyers throughout the country. Incidentally, Walter Scott Lenox and Jonathan Coxon founded a ceramic company in Trenton, N.J., in 1889. When Coxon left The Ceramic Art Company in 1906, the name was changed to Lenox. In 1917, its line was chosen to be the official china of the White House. Its superior dinnerware made the name Lenox famous throughout the country.
Q: I have a Denver ceramic bowl that was made in about 1915. What can you tell me about this company? — Jacob, Omaha, Neb.
A: Frederick J. White and his son, Francis, started a small pottery company in Denver in about 1893. They used local clay to produce earthenware, and within a few short years had expanded their operations to include more artistic pieces, some marked “Denver Art Pottery,” while others were simply “Denver.” Production of this company is extremely collectible. For example, a bowl with a tree design recently sold at auction for $650.
Q: I have a Vargas calendar from 1949 that is complete and in fairly good condition. I have been offered $150 for it, but wanted to check with you first. — Steve, Grand Junction, Colo.
A: Take the money and run. According to the sources I checked, your 1949 Vargas calendar is worth about $75.
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