Collecting

Opaque Bowl

Q: I have a large opaque bowl that has been identified as a piece of Paden City Glass. I can’t find this type of glass mentioned in any of my reference books. Can you help me? – Dot, Hammond, La.

A: The glass company was established in Paden City, W.Va., sometime during the early decades of the past century. During the 1920s, the company expanded its production to include colored wares in crystal and opaque glass in a variety of patterns and styles.

The Paden Glass Company built a reputation for its high standards of homemade wares until about 1950, when under new management, the plant was automated. Paden Glass later closed due to financial problems. One of the best sources is “Glass A to Z” by David Shotwell and published by Krause Books.

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Q: I have a series of maps, mostly from the 1870s and 1880s, and all documenting regions in North and South America. I would like to have them appraised. – Brett, Weston, Conn.

A: Kevom James Brown, owner of Geographicus Fine Antique Maps, appraises maps for about $50 each. He does not purchase maps that he appraises, as he sees that practice as a clear conflict of interest. Contact for Brown and Geographicus is 201 W. 105th Street, New York, NY 10025; http://www.geographicus.com; and 646-320-8650.

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Q: I have a planter that features a poodle design. It was made by Hull Pottery and given to me as a gift. – Susan, Mason City, Iowa

A: I found your planter referenced in “Warman’s Hull Pottery: Identification and Price Guide” by David Doyle and published by Krause Books. According to Doyle, your planter is valued in the $20 to $40 range and was a “novelty” product of Hull.

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Q: I have a copy of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens published in 1935 by Dodd, Mead & Company. Can you tell me how much it is worth? – Lillian, Marion, Ind.

A: I contacted several used book dealers about your novel, and they seem to agree it is probably worth about $35. The value of a book is determined by several factors including condition, rarity and edition.

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