Old toys, especially those that move and make noise, are popular with young and old, and many are very expensive. Promotional toys bring back special memories and are sought after by those who collect advertising and those who want toys.
This car with “Moxie” on the side is in perfect condition. This is a rare blue version of an 8 inch long pewter toy car with a man on horseback wearing a Moxie jacket and cap driving a Moxiemobile. It sold for $ 2,600 at a Morford auction in Cazenovia, New York.
Moxie was a drink introduced in 1885, two years before Coca-Cola. It claimed to be a diet drink and was flavored with bitter herbs. The taste was so strange that people said you had to be brave to drink it. So in 1930 the word “moxie” became a slang term for courage or daring, and “He had a lot of moxie” became a common saying. The company was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2018.
Question: Are there any buyers for Steuben Glass Works Aurene glassware? My great-grandfather and my grandfather both worked as glassblowers and designers for Steuben in Corning, New York, and I own several beautiful pieces.
A: Aurene glass is an iridescent golden, blue, green or red glass developed by Frederick Carder, one of the founders of Steuben Glass Works. It was first made around 1904. Gold Aurene was the first color made, and Blue Aurene was the next. The name “Aurene” comes from a combination of “Au”, the chemical symbol for gold, and “shine”. Steuben Glass Works was in operation from 1903 to 2011, when the plant closed. The Corning Museum of Glass took over the factory in 2014 and reissued Steuben glass. Steuben’s Aurene glass fetch high prices ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for special parts. Your family history adds to the value.
Question: I have “Lippert & Haas” and “Haas & Czjzek” dishes. It is not a complete set but includes very large plates and several large soup tureens. It was my grandmother’s porcelain. I’m 83, so you can tell the age of these dishes. I don’t want them to end up in the Goodwill bin. Can you tell me the story and give me any suggestions on what I could do with them?
A: Lippert & Haas was in business in Schlaggenwald, Bohemia (now Horni Slavkov, Czech Republic) from around 1808 to 1847. August Haas bought the company in 1847 and opened a factory in Aich, Bohemia (now Doubi, Czech Republic). Johann Czjzek became a partner in 1867 and the company name changed to Haas & Czjzek. The factory was nationalized in 1945. It was privatized in 1992 and continued to operate until 2011, when the factory closed. Haas & Czjzek stores in Budapest, Hungary sell porcelain and glass. You can check Haas & Czjzek’s prices on replacement services like Replacements.com. It is difficult to sell tableware, especially if it is not a complete set. You may be able to find an antique store or consignment that will at least try to sell some of the service pieces. Maybe you have a family member who will appreciate her story.
Q: I have a book, “The Life of George Washington-Maps and Subscriber’s Names,” published in 1807 by CP Wayne of Philadelphia. The book includes several card “plans” for different states, a list of subscribers, and a subscriber’s signature. The book is in fairly good condition considering its age. Can you tell me the approximate value?
A: This book is part of a biography of George Washington written by John Marshall between 1804 and 1807. It was originally published in five volumes. Marshall, who later became a Supreme Court justice, was a friend of Washington and served with him during the War of Independence. Early editions of the books are rare and fetch high prices. Copies of the card book have sold for several hundred to over a thousand dollars. You should contact an antique book dealer or auction house that sells antique books to see what your book would sell for. Copies sold for $ 75 to $ 1,700 in recent auctions.
Question: I bought a box of old dishes at a flea market to use in our cabin. There are several cups marked “Allegheny China, Vitrified, Warren, Pa.” They are white with thin green bands around the edge. Can you tell me something about the manufacturer and the possible age of these dishes?
A: Mugs are catering items made by Allegheny China Co. The company was founded in Warren, Pa. In 1952 and made tableware for restaurants and hotels. This brand was used before 1959. Allegheny China Co. became a subsidiary of Buffalo China Co. in 1962. Articles for hotels and restaurants continue to be manufactured. The “Allegheny China, USA” relief pieces surrounding the image of a buffalo were made after 1962.
POINT: To remove a pencil mark from paper, coat it with a thin layer of rubbery glue, let it dry, and then rub it off.
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