Question: My husband inherited the highchair used by Franklin D. Roosevelt. . . . The chair is in excellent condition. How can we find out its value, and where can we sell it to get the highest price?
- Linnea Palmateer,Melrose, N.Y.
Answer: You might try auctioning it off at Sotheby's, where the highchair used by John F. Kennedy Jr. sold for a $85,000 at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis estate sale. Send a sharp photo of the chair along with its history to Sotheby's president Diana D. Brooks, at Sotheby's, 1334 York Ave. at 72nd St., New York, NY 10021.
Or write the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library & Museum, 511 Albany Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, as well as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Political Items Collectors c/o Robert M. Platt, P.O. Box 159, Kennedale, TX 76060-0159. Enclose a photo with information, and a self-addressed stamped envelope for each.
Question: Is there a club for collectors of glass candy containers? Or are there any books or catalogs that can help me identify and price those I've collected?
- Peg Aldrich,
Answer: Write the Candy Container Collectors Club, P.O. Box 352, Chelmsford, MA 01824; enclose an self-addressed stamped envelope for membership information.
The club will hold its annual convention June 26-30 in Reading, Pa.; for information write Terry Whitmeyer, 88 Woodbine Drive, Hershey, PA 17033; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope, or phone 717-533-3716 for details.
You also can send for a copy of "Candy Containers - A Price Guide." It is available for $16.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: My 86-year-old inlaws have a collection of ash trays from hotels they have stayed in from around the world, over a 40-year period. Is there a club or collectors group which includes hotel ashtrays?
- James Payne, Boca Raton, Fla.
Question: How can I find out the value of original records on various labels recorded by Jimmey Dorsey, the Andrew Sisters, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bing Crosby, and other artists dating back to 1935?
- Ann Witpen, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Question: My wife has a couple of hundred 78 rpm records from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. Where can she find information pertaining to their value, etc.?
- Edward Nartowicz,
Question: Can you please tell me where I can learn the value of 78 and 45 rpm records from the 1950s, '60s and '70s?
- Al Payne, Aiken, S.C.
Answer: Check out the fourth edition of the "American Premium Record Guide - 1900-1965 - Identification and Value Guide To 78s, 45s, and LPs" by Les Docks; it is available for $27.45 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box, 59354, Chicago, IL 60659. Itdoesn't include classical records.
Later popular records can be found listed and priced in the 11th edition of the "Official Price Guide To Records - More Than 100,000 Prices Listed" by Jerry Osborne ($25 postpaid), and "Rockin' Records - Buyers, Sellers Reference Book and Price Guide," also by Osborne ($43.95 postpaid). Both area available from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Question: I recently purchased an antique scale measuring over 14 inches across with a pan on one side, marked Jos. Florenz, Patent Pfan/zeder 5K on its brass medallions. I would like to know more about this interesting piece and its original use, as I'm interested in the history of scales/weight measures. Are there any sources aside from general information found in libraries?
- M.R. Sorensen,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Answer: Write the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors c/o Bob Stein, 176 W. Adams St., Suite 1706, Chicago, IL 60603; enclose a long self-addressed stamped envelope for membership/convention information.
The group, which publishes a quarterly magazine, was founded in 1976 and has nearly 500 members from 16 countries. It will hold its annual convention May 30-June 2 in New Orleans at the Monteleone Hotel.