Question: How can I find out the value of a pair of iron bookends marked "Cape Cod Fisherman - Copyright 1928" on the back?
-Peggie Baron, Pageland, S.C.Answer: Such bookends, which measure 51/2 inches high, are priced at $65 for the pair in the 1998 edition of the "Collector's Guide to Bookends - Identification and Values," by Louis Kur-itz-ky. The guide is available for $21.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659, or call the pub-lisher, Collector Books, 502-898-6211.
Question: Where can I find authentic Early American fireplace cooking implements dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries? Also, where can I find information on how such pieces were used for cooking on the hearth?
- Ruth Collins, Milwaukee, Wis.
Answer: To obtain high-quality, rare and hard-to-find fireplace implements that are hot and extremely desirable, write Pat Guthman, c/o Pat Guthman Antiques, 340 Pequot Ave., P.O. Box 686, Southport, CT 06490. Guthman specializes in such pieces and also made a video showing how they work and were used.
Question: In 1960-62 I worked for Fiberboard Paper Products in San Francisco. While working there, I was asked to pose for an artist who was revamping and modernizing the cover on the box for the Sun.Maid maiden. My portrait is still pictured on the box of raisins. I've been trying to locate the older version (pre-1960) box of Sun.Maid raisins but have never been able to find one, or not even a picture of it. Where can I look or write to obtain such a box?
- Delia Pacheco,
Answer: Wow, the Sun.Maid maiden! How nice to hear from you and to know you're a real live person!
Anyone having, or knowing the whereabouts of a pre-1960 Sun.Maid raisins box, or picture of it, can write me to contact you.
However, you'll be happy to know that cans, boxes and packages of Sun.Maid California Sun.Dried Raisins with your "maiden" picture on them can be found pictured in color, along with many other raisin-related collectibles, in "Collectible California Raisins - An Unauthorized Guide With Values," by Pamela Duvall Curran and George W. Curran. It is available for $23.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, or call Schiffer Publishing, 610-593-1777.
Question: Where can I obtain a catalog or price guide listing current values for Avon bottles, products and collectibles?
- Deanie Nelson,
Answer: Check out the 14th edition of "Avon Products & California Perfume Co. Collector's En-cy-clo-pedia - Avon and CPC Products 1886 to Present," by Bud Hastin. It is available in a huge 652-page edition with countless photos, for $26.20 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, or contact Hastin at 305-566-0691.
Question: I am a collector of M & M items. How can I get in touch with Frederick Kraut (another M & M collector), who was mentioned in a past column?
- Barbara Roberts, Alden, N.Y.
Answer: Kraut (who buys, sells, and trades M & M collectibles) wrote to say he'd love to hear from others sweet on such items. Write to him at at 120 Covington Drive, Warwick, RI 02886-1936. Enclose your message and a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply.