Q: I have a treadle operated Singer sewing machine in an oak cabinet from about 1925. I understand these have become very popular with collectors. What is mine worth? – Bill, Tyler, Texas
A: Singer sewing machines were hot with collectors a decade or two ago, but that interest has more or less declined. Most Singers I’ve seen in shops and at antique malls have been priced for less than $150, even some of the earlier models.
Q: I was a big fan of Ronald Reagan, and in 1981 purchased a Carltonware “Spitting Image” coffee pot with his likeness. Even though I often visit antiques malls and shops, I have not seen another one like it. I have been offered $150 for it by a collector. My big question is whether I should sell it for that amount or keep it. – Deborah, Sun City West, Ariz.
A: Your ceramic coffee pot was designed by Fluck and Law and was so popular that knock-offs also were produced. If your pot is genuine, it is worth in the $350 to $650 range.
Since most modern political campaigns are television driven, souvenirs have become less common, especially items such as your coffee pot. Humor and satire have been an important part of our political campaigns, and that is what makes your pot so unique and collectible. One of the better groups for enthusiasts is American Political Items Collectors, P.O. Box 55, Avon, NY 14414.
Q: I have about a dozen older movie posters, including “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Portrait in Black,” “Lady Killers,” “True Grit” and “Where’s Papa?” Whom can I contact to find out what they are worth? – Steve, Palm Springs, Calif
A: Conway’s Vintage Treasures is recommended to both buy and sell movie memorabilia. The address is P.O. Box 40962, Providence, RI 02940.
Q: I have a piece of my city’s past. It is a bumper sticker that reads “Rio Rancho Estates, 1429 Central Avenue, N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Sunshine Capital of the U.S.A.” – Irene, Rio Rancho, N.M.
A: Your bumper sticker sounds interesting. Have you considered contacting the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 85701.
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