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Dear Connie Sue,

I have had this trinket bowl for at least 50 years. I believe my dad must have bought it for my mom some years before. I have always cherished it, but I don’t know a thing about it. Can you shed some light on it?

Thank you,
Linda, Fayetteville

Dear Linda,

Jeannette Glass Company made this Carnival glass, poodle-top powder jar around 1940. They sell for $12 to $20 on eBay. Once upon a time, someone needed one badly and paid closer to $50 for it. Sellers remember these obscure occurrences and try, unsuccessfully, to sell them for as much.

Powder jars were made in pink, too, with an elephant, Scottie dog, or fawn in place of the poodle.

Hi, Connie Sue,

I purchased this blue bowl with a pewter lid from an estate sale and was hoping you could give me some information on it and its value.

The bowl is about 6 inches in diameter, with no chips. The lid is pewter with a stamp on the underside that says “Potter Studio Pewter 145.” The knob on the lid is made from the same clay material as the bowl.

Brenda, Nashville


Made in Cleveland by Horace Potter’s community of artists during the arts and crafts movement, this pewter covered jar could sell into the hundreds — if it were marketed among like items in a well promoted auction. The mark on this piece indicates it was made between 1915 and 1924. It’s the sort of thing we all hope to sneak up on at estate sales.

Horace Potter of Cleveland was a wealthy, well schooled and well traveled artist-craftsman. He was a key figure in the Cleveland School of Arts & Crafts in metalwork. In support of multi-disciplined artists, he provided housing, materials and encouragement to foster creativity and production.

Dear Connie Sue,

I picked up this chair for $50 at a local junk store. The guy there told me it was a theater chair from the 18th century. I just liked the unique shape of it and use it in my bedroom as a changing chair. I would love to have it recovered.



Although I can picture theater types lounging languidly in this Victorian chair, I’ve only seen such a seat in Victorian portrait photographers’ studios. If possible, I would consider restoration of the original leather as opposed to recovering. From the workmanship, front-feet casters and style, I’d date it in the late 1800s, not 18th century.

If it was featured in an auction of a sultry star’s possessions or of fine Aesthetic Victorian furniture, the chair should top $500. You got quite a deal at $50. It isn’t smelly, is it?


I have a number of these dishes and was hoping you could help me out with a value.

Thanks, Jackie


Your black transferware plates might sell for anywhere from $12 to $22 each. They were made in the 1890s. Serving pieces sell faster and for more than $40. The mark states where the plate was made and the pattern, Oxford.

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