Sikorski's Atic 8/10/14: At any price, costume jewelry not a bad buy

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Dear John: I have the pieces in the enclosed photo. They are obviously costume jewelry and have no marks on them. Each piece is 1 1/2 inches across at the widest and about the same high. They have a clip to attach them. I picked them up at a thrift store a couple of years back, just because I liked them. I paid $5 and still like them, though I have never used them. Can you tell me anything about them? — L.R., Internet 


Dear L.R.: Yes, the pair is costume jewelry, which is a large category of collector interest. Readers should be aware that some costume jewelry can be quite valuable. The two Art Deco chevrons were likely made in the United States between World War I and II. I think they are lapel points. Perhaps someone will be able to identify them, for sure. Since they are generic and not marked, potential dollar value is nominal. Your $5 was well spent, just to add the look of emeralds and diamonds. 

Dear John: I have attached photos of two ashtrays I bought at a Chinese auction. Are these of any value, because they seem to be old and in great shape. The green one does have a marking of AB 75 and the other with the too cute little man on it has no markings under it. I am thinking these may have been made by someone in a ceramic class back in the day, due to the colors and the style they do seem to be old fashioned. With the 75 marking, I think maybe from 1975. Is there a market for this type of things? I am having a yard sale and thinking of selling them. — B.S., Pine Ridge 

Dear B.S.: Smoking memorabilia is a large category of collecting. I think the one with the little boy sitting on the edge was made in Japan. The other ashtray was possibly made in Germany. Both are low on the totem pole of collector interest. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can. 

Dear John: We acquired this doll in a storage shed. I have been told it is a1890s doll and worth a lot of money. Please tell us your opinion. — S.S., Internet 

Dear S.S.: I do not recognize your doll. Since you have been told it is worth a lot of money, it would be best to contact a specialist. Theriault’s Antique Doll Auction Company is one of the largest in the United States. I suggest you contact them at theriaults.com. Good luck.

Dear John: I have an 1882 B Shoninger pump organ in need of repair. Most of the wood is OK; a few trim pieces are missing, as are the foot pedals. It probably needs to have the bellows checked out, as well. Any suggestions on getting it fixed somewhere near Gainesville or Ocala? — M.B., Internet 

Dear M.B.: I suggest you contact Piano Forté in Ocala. Bruce Fanzlaw is the owner and I believe they offer pump organ restoration. The phone number is 352-624-9623.

John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. He hosts a call-in radio show, Sikorski’s Attic, on WJUF (90.1 FM) Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or asksikorski@aol.com.