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Keepsake cookie jar wears age well

Dear Collector: I would like to know the value of the jar in the enclosed photos.

A variant of an American Bisque/American Pottery jar sometimes called “indented spots” because of the polka dot pattern on its backside, your keepsake dates from the 1950s and has a current value of $70 to $90.

Dear Collector: What can you tell me about this Admiral combo radio and record player? Both parts work except I need to replace wiring to the speaker.

Introduced in 1941, your model 70-N6 operates with four knobs on six tubes. Research shows a high of $150 and a low of $40; take your pick.

Dear Collector: Is this Illustrated World magazine from 1916 worth much? I used to have many more copies but lost them when our house was flooded.

While researching the history of your magazine, subtitled Technical World, I viewed a number of covers, and was quite impressed with the artwork, especially your February issue with its “American Thinks” theme. Illustrated World lasted less than 10 years, with its inaugural edition appearing in 1915. Listed value on your copy is about $5, but I personally think it should be at least double that.

Dear Collector: I have had this Warner Infallible pistol since the 1950s. My father swapped an old .22 rifle for it. What is it worth?

Quite a bit of braggadocio to call this .32 caliber semi-automatic infallible, as this type of gun has a greater chance of malfunctioning than a revolver. Anyway, your circa 1920s firearm is now worth $75 to $125, depending on condition.

Dear Collector: My father saved this 4-cent stamp honoring Sun Yat-Sen, who founded the Republic of China. Is there any value to this old stamp?

Originating in 1961, this commemorative stamp from the United States Postal Service has only increased to about 25 cents for an unused example.

Dear Collector: Please tell me what my “Somebody Misses Somebody’s Kisses” sheet music is worth.

Composed by Frank Davis and Maurice Prival in 1919, this piece of melancholic music is worth $10.

Dear Collector: This tureen or vegetable bowl was passed down to me by a grandparent who told me one of her grandmothers brought it to America in the 1860s or ’70s. How old is it?

Marked “Coral, J.F.” in a wreath, I can estimate its date of manufacture to the same several decades you mention. The maker was Jacob Furnval & Co. of Cobridge in Staffordshire, who was in operation from 1845 to 1870 after being in partnership with his brother Thomas at Shelton Henley, also in Staffordshire.

Dear Collector : We found this Great Charlie Chan Detective Mystery Game among things left in my uncle’s house after his death. Although we intend to keep it, we are curious to know if it has any value.

Issued in 1939 by Milton Bradley, your board game, based on Earl Derr Biggers fictional detective, could be valued to a maximum of $400.

Dear Collector: Is a set of 44 Monkee cards worth something?

Donruss, a card publisher, made three Monkee sets between 1966 and 1967. It depends on which set and what shape they’re in. Value ranges from $75 to $125.

Prices quoted reflect retail values, and as with many antiques and collectibles these values vary. Readers are encouraged to submit questions with photos to The Collector, P.O. Box 229, West Boxford, MA 01885-0229 or ask online at: www.askthecollector.com. Please don’t ask help in buying or selling your items. Sorry, photos cannot be returned and will become the property of The Collector.


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