Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What You (Think) You See May Not Be What You Get

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

What You (Think) You See May Not Be What You Get

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`WHAT'S ITS" are favorites with collectors. At many shows and shops, there are strange objects that were made to be used for some unrecognized project.

At a recent bottle show, dealers were showing all sorts of unusual items. What looked like a pair of opera glasses turned out to be a milk-glass candy container with two screw-on tin lids. A blue glass pipe was really a match holder to be hung near a Victorian fireplace. A small glass shoe had been made to hold perfume. A strange square bottle was made to hold the acid for a battery.

One odd bottle had everyone stumped. It was an oval item embossed with the words, "Patented May 30, 1916." Research has shown that it was not a bottle at all, but a commercial glass toilet float. Collectors can learn something new at every show.

Dear Ralph and Terry: My mother gave me a pin that belonged to her mother. It's in the shape of the letter V with wings at the bottom. A bar at the end of the V has three round rhinestones and a rectangular rhinestone. What were they supposed to represent?

You have a Victory pin, a popular item during World War II. The rhinestones represent three dots and a dash - Morse code for the letter V.

Collectors pay $25 to $50 for a "V for Victory" rhinestone pin.

Dear Ralph and Terry: I have started a collection of Currier and Ives plates by Royal China Co. Can you tell me who else made Currier and Ives items?

Currier and Ives plates by the Royal China Co. of Sebring, Ohio, are probably the most well-known. Royal's blue-and-white plates decorated with scenes taken from the old Currier and Ives prints were popular 1950s dinnerware.

Other Currier and Ives plates were made by the Crooksville China Co., Harker Pottery and Scio Pottery, all of Ohio; Taylor, Smith & Taylor of West Virginia; and Canonsburg Pottery of Pennsylvania.

Dear Ralph and Terry: I have a lady's compact with engraved gold stripes and black enamel stripes. It has a scalloped edge. The engraved bottom says "Stratton-England." Is it old? Is it valuable?

Stratton compacts are still being made. Early models, circa 1930, are marked with a hand holding a partially open compact. That design shows the patented Stratton automatic powder door opener. …

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