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Ash tray and cup holder

Dear Connie Sue,

A friend of mine purchased this approximately 30 years ago and gave it to me. I don’t know if it is an ash tray and cup holder or what. It appears to be jadeite, and the overall base dimensions are approximately 5 inches wide, 4 inches deep and ¾ inch high. The Scottie is metal. The only thing on the bottom is “Pat Pend.” Can you tell me anything about it?

Susie, Hohenwald

Dear Susie,

Jadeite or any green glass and Scottie dogs are a valuable combination. I believe you could ask more than $100 for the piece. I think it is meant to hold burning cigarettes and their ashes along with a drink. The round indention must be a coaster.

Porcelain water lily pattern pot

Dear Connie Sue,

My uncle said this was from his family in Germany. He called it a “chocolate pot.” According to his history, the item would be over 100 years old. I have enclosed a picture of the bottom markings. It is in perfect condition — no chips or cracks — and appears to be hand-painted.

I would appreciate any information you might be able to give me and any valuation.


Dear Jeanette,

Yes, the porcelain water lily pattern pot is for serving strong hot chocolate. It was made by Unger & Schilde of Roschuetz in Germany for John Roth, a distributor of ceramics in South Bend, Indiana, between 1909 and 1916. It is at least 101 years old. Older is not always better for value, however. Similar pots sell for $12 to $45.

If the piece is hand-painted, you will see brush strokes. It may be a decal. If so, with a magnifier, you will see tiny dots and a faint fold or tear from applying the decal on a curved surface.

Ceramic figural lamp

Dear Connie Sue,

This was my great-grandmother’s lamp. I don’t know where it came from. I have been trying to find some information about it. The sticker inside the basket is from some handkerchiefs that Granny bought many years ago. The lamp still works and is beautiful when turned on.


Dear Darlene,

In the 1950s, American consumers were buying their first televisions. It became stylish and easier on the eyes to have ceramic figural lamps fill the empty space on top of the TV. Equally popular were sleek animals and Asian figure lamps. Figures are typically set in a vibrant, retro color vignette like a boat or bench. They sell for $20 to $75.

It’s never wise to push your luck on original wiring. New wiring doesn’t hurt value.

Walnut Victorian chairs

Dear Connie Sue,

Could you please give me an idea of the value of these chairs? We have seven total. From the looks of the carvings/decoration, I would guess they are from the Middle East.

Jack and Cindy

Dear Jack and Cindy,

Your walnut Victorian chairs were made in the United States circa-1890. The armchair is a gentleman’s chair and the smaller a side chair. They were part of a parlor set. Offered in early mail-order catalogs, buyers could mix and match a sofa or settee with straight chairs, armchairs and base rockers.

Today, similar chairs are offered for $45 to $125. Buyers are looking for singles or pairs of chairs at VERY low prices to paint and reupholster for splashy seats.


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Connie Sue Davenport

Connie Sue Davenport, ISA AM, offers antique appraisal events, private appraisals and estate sale consulting services to individuals, businesses and organizations. Sign up for “IT’S JUST STUFF,” her FREE quarterly newsletter, at Send your inquiry with photos to the mailing address or email below. Only published appraisals are free. Private appraisals are available for a fee. Call 615-672-1992 for an appointment. No appraisals are given over the phone. Connie Sue Davenport, P.O. Box 343, White House, TN 37188 615-672-1992 • email:

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