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Saturday, April 13, 2019


This horse boot scraper can be found on the internet with conflicting identifications. Some say it's from the 19th c....some say it was manufactured by Hubley. There is one example that is marked "Hart" inside a heart on the bottom of the base. 

The horse does indeed to appear to be the Hubley Show Horse Doorstop. Other examples are also clones of Hubley doorstops...a    nother horse, the Boxer, Mammy, Setter and Cocker Spaniel. All of these examples are marked 5700 or 5800 on the bottom of the base, just like the B.B. Butt examples.

Here is an example of the Mammy

I have some information that gets closer to the real story as to the origin of these boot scrapers. 

The patent for the base was obtained in 1938 by Savannah Barrett Butt. She ran a little business out of her basement in Baltimore, Maryland and had a couple employees. There are multiple examples of twin figural scrapers that are marked "BB" on the top corner of the base and 5700 or 5800 with "B.B. Butt" on the bottom of the base. These scrapers do not have the bridge/single figural. The twin figurals are attached to each side of the base. Here is the patent:

Below is a B.B. Butt example

Here is an advertisement from 1949 from Hoops which was a store located in Chicago, Ill. Hoops advertises what appears to be the exact Show Horse Scraper shown in the first picture and says it can be chosen from a Dog and Mammy scraper too !!!

Who ultimately made the unmarked scrapers? That is still unknown. But, it appears that Hubley Doorstop molds were used for the motifs. Hubley did not start making doorstops until the 1920's in their "Metal Art Goods" line. They sold their doorstop molds in 1948 to John Wright. Did Hubley sell their doorstops to Butt to use on her scrapers? Did John Wright have an agreement with Butt? Did Hart (Whoever they were) gain rights to Butt's patent and use Hubley doorstops? 

Whatever the answer as to the manufacturer, this much appears true....these boot scrapers were made in the 1940's not the 19th century. 

Saturday, November 24, 2018


Do you know this pattern? I know it's Weller.
This is the Roma pattern. It's a 5 1/2" Comport. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018


Hello, I am trying to sell an old Real Photo Postcard of a Baseball Team. I was told that it was a professional team. Can you help identify it?

Your photo appears to be that of the 1920 General Office Baseball Club which was in the Duquesne Steel League. I found a box score that contained 7 of the 9 players in your RPP. The jerseys have the letters GO on them which correspond with General Office. Industrial leagues were very popular in the years prior to WWII. They were not part of organized professional baseball, but, some serious companies were known to hire good ball players so that they could play for the company team. 

Friday, July 14, 2017


I have a platter with a Bavaria mark I cannot identify. It has an RW in a shield. Please help if you can.

This is Retsch & Co. out of Wunsiedel Bavaria.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I have a mission quartersawn oak side chair that I believe may be Stickley (Quaint). It is wooden pegged and had mortise and tenon construction. Is this Stickley? The chair was refinished at one time and no longer has it's label.
It appears that you have a nice chair made by J.M. Young & Sons out of Camden, NY. It would have had a paper label that easily would have disappeared due to being refinished. Young was influenced by Stickley, and in fact, filled some orders for Stickley after they stopped making mission style furniture in 1922.  

Sunday, July 09, 2017


My mother was an antique dealer and had 2 Jolly Nigger Banks. You Identified one of them, can you possibly identify this one?

This appears to be a JNB made by Sydenham & McOustra out of Walsall, Staffordshire, England.  They made a "fixed eyed" version c1910 and a "moving eyes" version c1935-1950's. You stated that these were fixed circa 1910.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I recently purchased this slot machine vendor that apparently won you a gumball. What is it and how much is it worth. The back is missing.

You have a 1930's Trade Simulator/Counter Game made by The Daval Manufacturing Co out of Chicago. Trade Stimulators/Counter Games were "soft-core" chance machines found in stores. They were not physical pay-out machines and thus merchants typically would not run afoul of the law by using them. The "prizes" won were typically small (such as a gumball) if you played. So, you got value for your play. 
The same machine you have (in red) with some missing parts sold for $250 at live auction. Other colored versions of the Daval Tally Stimulator in complete condition have sold for $425 at live auction with the occasional one hitting the high hundreds. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Be very careful when researching Estate Sale Companies who appear to be better than advertised. Charging 5-10% less than most other companies does not ensure better service, honesty and integrity, as this news story supports. I actually lost a bid to this company and found out later that they had the same issue as the 3 people interviewed in this story. They weren't paid as of 3 months after the first sale and the sales amount reported seemed far less than what appeared to be there in assets.

Monday, March 06, 2017


I've just purchased this Victrola model V-III. It has a wooden horn. Can you please tell me how much it's worth? 

The model V-III was introduced in 1905 and made into the early 1920's. It is considered fairly common, but, holds a solid value amongst collectors. Near/All original, with the wooden horn in excellent condition, this machine can be expected to fetch around $2,400. 

NOTE: The person who sent this appraisal in, sold this Victrola for $2,000.

Sunday, February 05, 2017


Can you tell me who made this vase and what it is worth? It is 5" tall by 5.5" wide. It is marked 829 USA. 

Your vase was made by Camark Pottery (Camden, AR). I'm sorry to say that it is worth under $10.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


I bought this item recently at an antiques shop.  I know very little about Baseball. I'm hoping you will know who the signatures are as I don't have a clue. It is marked 'Official National League - Ford C Frick Pres.' & 'Spalding The Cushioned Cork Center Made in U.S.A.' I have taken numerous photos showing all the signatures. I counted 17 signatures.

You have a Ford Frick major league baseball that was for minor league usage. It is stamped "Western League" and has the Western League's President's stamp on it (Edwin C Johnson). The ball is signed by members of the 1948 Sioux City Soos, a Class A Western League team located in Sioux City, Iowa. 

The signatures are not the best, but, I believe I can make out the following ballplayers:
Manager Joe Becker, Don Schoenborn, Bob Hofman, Dave Honan, Sam Brewer, Ray Carlson, Bill Daues, Bill Pavlik, Gail Henley, Ed Martin, Tookie Gilbert, Mike Columbo, Charles Gooding and Ernie Yelen. A few of these players made it to the Major Leagues. 

Thursday, December 08, 2016


In the October 14th, 2016 edition of the Detroit News, there was an appraisal done by DuMouchelles Auction Gallery in Detroit for a 1930's era Bulova Presentation Wristwatch. The inscription reads "To Honus Wagner From the Boys of Greenwich Village". 
The history of the wristwatch is unknown to the owner and was not found by the appraiser. 
Hall of Famer Wagner retired as a player in 1917. He was a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1930's and there appeared to be no known link to Greenwich Village (New York). 
I believe I may have the watches' origin.
The Huron Baseball Club of Greenwich Village planned and held a "Honus Wagner Day" at The New York Giants' Polo Grounds in New York on May 22, 1938. Apparently, Wagner had done a favor for the baseball club at some time and they were staging a day for the ex fellow National Leaguer on the first visit of the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Polo Grounds in 1938. The arrangement committee included: John J Quinn Chairman; Jimmy Walker, former Mayor of New York; Sheriff Finn; Jack LaRocca, Pitcher of the New York Yankees; Mike Meola, pitcher of the Toronto Club, Gene Tunney, Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion; Jimmy Powers, New York Daily News; Hugh Bradley, New York Evening Post; Thomas Lynch, M. Murphy, Harold Neary and others. So, it was no small affair. 
It is completely plausible that the presentation wristwatch in this article was given to Wagner by the "Boys of Greenwich Village" during "Honus Wagner Day"
DuMouchelles appraised the wristwatch at $1,000-2,000 and up and I agree with this figure. Wagner items AFTER his playing days are not as desirable as playing day collectibles. The wristwatch is also not given by a major league entity (Such as from the Pittsburgh Pirates or the Baseball Hall of Fame). However, a personal item potentially owned by the Hall of Famer will be desirable to Wagner collectors. NOTE: Without true provenance, there will be some trepidation from potential buyers/bidders.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016


I tried to research the trademark "S" on the back with Germany written inside the letter, but, did not come up with any information on eBay, Kovel or If anyone knows who made these plates I would really like to have you contact me so I would have a little more information.

This mark was used by K. Steinmann (Kuno Steinmann) between 1900-1932 or 1938.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Is this a perfume bottle? It is marked Czechoslovakia. is called a scent flask. 

Thursday, October 06, 2016


I have an opportunity to purchase a painting by Henri Renard. Is his work worth anything?

Renard is in a line of other French painters who sold their work to tourists who poured into Paris in the 1950's-1970's. Nearly all of the works you will find by Renard are Parisian street scenes. He did have these same themed paintings sent to galleries in the US for sale. Renard, according to a bio on the back of one of his works, was born in 1920. Little to nothing is known of  his full biography. 
Auction records show that his paintings have reached the $600-800 range, however, recent records from the past 4-5 years, show his paintings selling for about $100-150. As I have stated in previous blog articles, I am not an art expert, but, I have noticed what appears to be a decline in the interest of these Parisian street scenes as I have handled quite a few of them and noticed a downward trend. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Is this Fiesta? If not can you please tell me what pattern it is?

This is the Harlequin Pattern made by Homer Laughlin, the same company that made Fiesta. Harlequin was sold exclusively through F.W. Woolworth Co. The Pattern was made from 1938-1964.

Sunday, August 28, 2016


I believe this to be a military dog tag. Can you tell me which war?

You are correct, it is a WWI Era ID Dog Tag. It was for a member of the 94th Aero Squadron. 
It is worth around $20, but, could fetch a little more.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I recently acquired this Cookie Jar and cannot find anything about it on the internet. It is marked underneath, but, hard to make out.

Join the club ! You have a rare and early cookie jar made by Kellems-Pasadena, a fairly obscure California Pottery that was in existence in the late 1940's into the mid-1950's. You will not find this jar in any of the 3 leading cookie jar books, nor the California Pottery Books.

It is an attractive jar and appears to be well made. The 1953 copyright date makes this a fairly early jar. Cookie Jars were largely a post WWII phenomena. 

At first glance, it reminds you of Winnie the Pooh, but, there are no copyright markings to justify that thought. Nonetheless, I would think this to be a desirable guy that should be worth a couple few hundred dollars to a cookie jar fanatic. Kellums made a specialized figural cookie jar based on a comic strip character around that same time and it brought over $400 at auction.

We will keep an eye out for when this guy gets listed and report the selling price.


Can you please give me the value of this Antique Ansonia Mantle Clock?

Your late 19th c Cast Iron Ansonia Mantle clock would sell for around $120-160 at live auction. This is based on 3 examples of the same clock that have sold since 2008. These heavy cast clocks have stayed fairly firm in value for 20 years and they will probably remain in that range in the foreseeable future.

Saturday, May 07, 2016


I believe another mystery has been solved. I have an 8.5" platter with a Bi-Plane Logo with the initials "A.C.C." The Restaurant Ware Collectors Network chatroom has someone who I believes hunch is correct in identifying the piece as coming from The Aviation Country Club of Detroit, which was located in West Bloomfield Township. 

In 1920, The Detroit Aviation Club led by prominent Detroit automobile magnates, early aviation promoters and WWI army flying corps veterans backed the purchase of 823 acres of land surrounded by 3 lakes in Oakland County (Flanders, Green and Union Lakes) from auto assembly line pioneer, Walter E Flanders estate. The land purchase cost $750,000 with the whole project estimated at $2 million. On this property would be a clubhouse, golf course, air strip, horse stables, ballroom, airplane hangers, guest rooms and more. The air strip would be 3,000 x 2,000 feet. The hangers would hold up to a club fleet of 20 planes. The lakes would offer a perfect spot for hydroplanes to land. 

An informal opening was attended by more than 200 select guests on June 19, 1920. The Club hit its zenith at 700 members in 1926. It would be the home of many an upper society party and gathering for the next 8 years, until it became the Lochaven Country Club in 1928 after board infighting over expansion plans caused many members to quit. Ten years later, the club was renamed The Green Lake Country Club and lasted for 3 years until 1941. After the War, the land eventually was sold off and developed into residential properties. The Clubhouse is now 
The Bortz Health Care Center, a nursing home. 

One larger platter has surfaced on E-bay from Fenton, MI. This tinier platter was found in Brighton, Mi, further circumstantial evidence that the china finds were local to the club. There is little doubt that such a prestigious and private club would have had it's own china logo. The Maddock's Trenton China impressed mark is consistent with the early-mid 1920's. Another platter appeared on the market in 2007 and has an orange mark "Trenton China, Made Expressly for American China and Glassware Co" I believe that piece was made a little later in the 1920's. 

Sunday, April 03, 2016


I collected cards for over 45 years.  I was given this card to me by my great grandfather over 40 years ago.  I have been searching for years to determine if there are others out there. No one at any show could ever produce one that was similar or close. This may be one and only. I have had many offers over the years. But I could not part with this card. What do you think it is? Any help appreciated. 

This is an uncatalogued, 4 in 1 card, made for/by Universal Toy & Novelty Co out of Chicago, ILL. A 6 in 1 card has also been found. In 1925, Universal Toy & Novelty distributed catalogued (W504) team sets of strip cards of The Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, New York Giants and Washington Senators. This grouping of 4 in 1's, similar to the later 1935 Goudey 4 in 1's, is not listed in the Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards. 
At a minimum, Universal Toy put these cards in a "Universal Surprise Box" toy, which was full of little booklets, toys, actor strip cards and even a 4 in 1 card of boxers. It is entirely possible, of course, that Universal Toy distributed these cards in other fashions. 
SCG (Sportscard Guaranty) seems to be the only grading company that has validated and graded these examples. A graded, cut out, Ty Cobb is currently on E-bay listed for $300. There is no doubt that any examples of this group of cards are rare. 

Your sheet contains Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Dave Bancroft and Grover Cleveland Alexander. 
Other known produced players were: Babe Ruth, Zach Wheat, Tris Speaker, Ray Schalk, Lee Meadows, Steve O' Neil, Eddie Collins, Heine Groh and Rabbit Maranville. 

I have provided you a picture of the Universal Surprise Box and contents from, a great forum site. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I recently purchased this blue and white stoneware pitcher, can you tell me who made it and what it may be worth? It is 6" tall.

The pattern of your pitcher is known as "Avenue of Trees" It is considered a rare pattern. I believe your color would be considered solid blue even though it has some white. Value would be anywhere up to $100 for the 6"version.


Can you please identify this lamp for me? I believe it is a Pittsburgh Lamp.

Indeed....You are correct. This was made by Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass and Glass Co in the early 1920's. Pittsburgh called this shade their Electrolier Decoration A. Catalog number S-1340 1/2. The shade was square form and was frosted or "chipped ice". Similar shades on the same base have sold for between $150-$325 at live auction. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


In 2010, an uncut sheet of 100 1954 Topps Baseball cards was offered for auction. The sheet confirmed what I have long suspected, that there is another scarce series of cards within the set. The currently recognized series are cards 1-50, 51-75 and 76-250. The 2nd series has always been deemed more scarce, and thus a higher premium is charged for those cards. While there is little doubt that some of those cards are tougher to find, I have found some of them no harder to find than another grouping later in the set. The uncut sheet seems to support my theory. It contains cards 126-150 and 176-250. Card numbers 151-175 are not included on the sheet. This is similar to the grouping that I found more difficult to find when pursuing my set. I just looked at PSA's population report today 11/15/2018 and it continues to support my theory.
It appears that Topps at least had the following breakdowns:

1-50 (50 CARDS) 1 Series or Grouping
51-75 (25 CARDS) 2 Series or Grouping (Scarce)
76-125 (50 CARDS) 3 Series or Grouping
126-150 (25 CARDS) 4 Series or Grouping
151-175 (25 CARDS) 5 Series or Grouping (Scarce)
176-250 (75 CARDS) 6 Series or Grouping

A more likely scenario is that Topps had 3 series that year that included the following:

1-50 and 76-125         (100 CARDS) 1st Series
126-150 and 176-250 (100 CARDS) 2nd Series
51-75 and 151-175     (50 CARDS)   3rd Series

The fact that the cards were not printed sequentially on the 100 card sheets throws people off.

In the 24 cards in what I call the 5th Series, there is only 1 card that exceeds 500 submissions and that is #427 Johnny Podres a Dodger. There is an extremely low amount of submissions of cards in the range of what I think is a 5th (151-175). Only 3 cards exceed 350 submission in this grouping, which is far less than any other grouping.

Looking at submissions to PSA at or below 350. Here is the breakdown:

                                          # of cards      %

1-50        (50 Cards)                 1              2%
51-75      (25 Cards)                 9            36%
76-125    (50 Cards)                 9            18%
126-150  (25 Cards)                 5            20%
151-175  (25 Cards)               22            88%
176-250  (75 Cards)               19            25%

We now know that the 4th and 6th Series or Groupings are on one 100 card sheet. It would make sense that these cards would have been released at the same time as it would have been a nightmare to have separated the 2 groups of numbers (they were mixed together throughout the sheet). Is it possible that Topps produced another 100 sheet with cards 1-50 and 76-125 and then a 50 sheet production for cards 51-75 and 151-175 that was more limited in total production? The only way to find out now is to find more uncut sheets or severely miscut cards. One thing I feel even more comfortable with is the fact that I believe cards 151-175 should hold the same designation as cards 51-75 as far as being a little more scarce. On 6/11/2012 I found more evidence that my theory is correct. I liquidated an estate and found 36 1954 Topps cards in the home. They are practically untouched from 1954 and I surmise purchased by the gentleman when he was young. Guess what? There were no cards from 1-50 or from 76-125. That is what I believe to be 2 series that were printed on the same 100 card sheet. He had cards from what I believe to be the other 4 series.

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Can you please help me identify this painting's creator? It is signed W. Brauer in the lower right corner.

I was able to find 25 examples of similar landscape oil paintings signed either Brauer or W. Brauer. Of these, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion. Most of the works were attributed to either Will E. Brauer (America 20th Century - Chicago, Ill) or Wilhelm Brauer (Germany b.1926 - Dusseldorf). Will E seems to only be identified because he is mentioned in Davenports. No bio to be found anywhere. Wilhelm's bio was found on 2 works and is the following:

"Born 1926 he received his first artistic education at a local art-school and then in Munich. There he studied under Prof (Ernst) Brocker who greatly influenced his style and his special liking for paintings showing the landscapes of Germany and Austria. From his master, he not only adopted the impressionistically dissolved colourism, but also his ideas of composition. Later on he undertook studying trips throughout Europe and also studied for a long time in Vienna. There be broke away gradually from his original idol and developed his own highly individual style. Repeatedly he participated in international exhibitions where his work was widely acclaimed by the critics. His paintings are represented in leading European and American Galleries." 

This biography was obviously meant for the American market and may be slightly exaggerated. Of the 25 works I examined, 12 of them are signed in the style and manner as the two works that have the biographies, including a period after his name.Thus, these works can be considered by the Wilhelm Brauer mentioned. Here are 3 examples of his signature. 

The landscape you have is signed W. Brauer in the lower right corner. The signature is very different in style and manner than the 12 examples found for Wilhelm.

Of the 4 examples I found signed W. Brauer, there is one that matches your painting. It sold for $110 at live auction. 

It IS possible that nearly all of the European landscapes signed either Brauer or W. Brauer are by the same artist. The paintings are similar in style. However, half of them have signatures that differ in varying degree from the Bio versions. This could be due to a changing style in his signature. But, until further information is discovered (another reason for this blog) I would be hesitant to identify anything as being done by Wilhelm unless it matches the first 3 signatures provided above.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Hello, can you please identify this planter for me?

You have a console bowl made by Weller Pottery in the Malverne Line, produced from the late 1920's until 1933. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Can you please tell me if my stereo unit here has any value? 

You have a mid 1960's Grundig Stereo/Record Player Combo Console. The Mandello Model, with variations, was offered by Grundig throughout the 1960's into the 1970's. These units can be found all over the U.S. and Europe. Sellers typically try to squeeze this into the mid-century modern family with little success. Combo console units are just not very popular, thus, your unit could be expected to sell between $50-250 in working condition. You will see people trying to get up to $800, but, with little to no recorded success. 


The Moline Plowboys were a “D” level affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. This is a 1932 Red and Blue stitched Spalding Official National League Baseball signed by 14 members of the team. 7 players went on to play at least 7 games in the Major Leagues.

The Plowboys were 55-66 in 1932.

The ball is in pretty good condition with some scuffing. The stitches are really nice. Some of the autographs have started to fade. All of them are legible.

Mike Tresh           C   12   1,027  White Sox/Indians (1938-1949)
Claude Passeau     P   13     444   Pirates/Phillies/Cubs (1935-1947)
Elden Auker          P   10     333   Tigers/Red Sox/Browns (1933-1942)
Jake Wade             P    8      171   Tigers/Red Sox/Browns/White Sox/Yankees/Senators (1936-                                                            1939, 1942-1946)
Bud Bates              OF   1       15   Phillies (1939)
Salty Parker          Inf   1       11   Tigers  (1936)
Hubert Shelley      OF   1        7   Tigers   (1935)  

Hal Patchett            OF   15    2,019+  Games in minors (1932-1946)
Ignatious Walters   1B    12    1,248+  Games in minors (1929-1940) 
Dutch Lorbeer          C    12        863   Games in minors (1926-1937)
Milt Mullen             2B     5         400+ Games in minors (1929-1933, 1938)
Joe Hare                     P     8         260   Games in minors (1932-1939, 1947)
Larry Wilbanks       OF    3         289   Games in minors (1932-1934)
Harley Hagen             P     2           58   Games in minors (1931-1932)

Mike Tresh caught all 150 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1945. His son Tom, played in the majors (1961-1969)

Claude Passeau had the longest major league career (13 years) and was a Major League All-Star 4 times.

Elden Auker was the first Plowboy from the 1932 squad to make the majors (1933) and the first batter he faced was Babe Ruth whom he struck out with 4 pitches.

Jake Wade pitched for 6 major league teams in 8 seasons, never establishing himself with a 5.00 ERA

Bud Bates played in 15 games for the 1939 Philadelphia Phillies. He played parts of 19 seasons in the minor leagues (Over 1,770 games)

Salty Parker played in 11 games for the 1936 Detroit Tigers. He played in at least 1 game in 23 minor league seasons.

Hugh Shelley played in 7 games for the 1935 Detroit Tigers. He played 13 years in the minors.

Ernest “Dutch” Lorbeer was the Plowboys Player/Manager. He later went on to be a Minor league executive and Major League Scout.

Hal Patchett played 15 season (Over 2,019 games) in the minors without ever making the majors leagues despite a career .297 batting average. He had no power.

Ig Walters player/managed the Tigers’ Charleston farm team in 1936/1937 at the age of 23/24. He played 12 years in the minors. 

Milton Mullen played in 68 games for the Peoria Tractors before coming over to Moline mid-season in 32’.

Joe Hare won in double figures his first 5 seasons in the Tiger’s farm (1932-1936)

Larry Wilbanks was the only Plowboy to play in all 121 games in 1932.

Harley Hagen pitched for 2 seasons in the minors and compiled a 23-18 record.