Q. Last year I started collecting commercial coffee creamers, the type made of heavier ceramic, once served in restaurants. Could you supply me with publications or any other sources from which I can learn more about their history, manufacturers and value?
- Michael D'Angelo,Norfolk, Va.
A. A new book that pictures creamers and other pieces in color and provides their descriptions, patterns, dates, manufacturers, marks and current values is "Restaurant China - Identification & Value Guide for Restaurant, Airline, Ship & Railroad Dinnerware - Vol. 1," by Barbara J. Conroy (Collector Books/Random House; 1-502-898-6211). It is available for $28.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Q. As a novice collector of glass "creamers" once used in restaurants to serve coffee cream, I am interested in obtaining any information regarding the history and value of these cute "mini" bottles. Can you point me in the right direction?
- C.E. Reynolds,
Green Bay, Wis.
A. You'll find everything you want to know about them in Creamers, a 20-page, quarterly newsletter devoted to individual glass, dairy advertising coffee creamers. It is available for $5 per yearly subscription, or $1 each for back issues, from Lloyd Bindscheattle (to whom checks should be made payable) P.O. Box 11, Lake Villa, IL 60046-0011.
Q. Where can I find information on and examples of 1950's modern chairs designed by Charles Eames and manufactured by Herman Miller?
- Connie Marshall,
A. A terrific selection of such chairs - including rockers, a set of four Eiffel Tower chairs, leather upholstered beauties, and many other examples designed by Eames and manufactured by Miller - can be found at the 20th Century Art & Design Auction on Sept. 13 at the John Toomey Gallery, 818 North Blvd., Oak Park, IL 60301. For a color catalog, write the above address, enclosing $35 for the catalog and a prices-realized list sent after the sale, or phone 1-708-383-5234 for auction details.
Charles and Ray Eames-designed furniture - along with pieces by other designers - can be found pictured in color and priced in the important reference book "Fifties Furniture - With Values" by Leslie Pina (Schiffer; 1-610-593-1777). It is available for $43.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Q. I collect figural type match-safes with bizarre designs. Where can I find information on such pieces and their value?
A. A book that'll strike your fancy is "Pocket Matchsafes - Reflections of Life & Art, 1840-1920 - Value Guide," by W. Eugene Sanders Jr. and Christine C. Sanders (Schiffer; 1-610-593-1777). available in a large full-color edition, for $38.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659.
Also, the Matchsafe Collector's Conference will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Chicago. All matchsafe collectors are invited. Phone George Sparacio at 1-609-694-4167, or Milt Gordon at 1-410-544-4057 for details.
Q. Where can we find information on, and the current value of, Frankoma pottery?
- Annette and John Robbins,
Q. Is there a book on collecting green-colored Frankoma, or Frank-homa pottery?
- David Caldarelli,
Long Beach, Miss.
Q. Where can I find information on Frankoma pottery Christmas plates and their current value?
-F.D., Wickenburg, Ariz.
A. Frankoma pottery pieces produced in every color, including green, as well as Frankoma Christmas plates, can be found pictured in color, described and priced in "Frankoma And Other Oklahoma Potteries - With Price Guide," by Phyllis and Tom Bess (Schiffer; 1-610-593-1777). It is available for $22.90 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, IL 60659. Also check out the "Collector's Guide to Frankoma Pottery - 1933 through 1990 - Identifying Your Collection Including Gracetone, With Prices," by Gary V. Schaum (Collector Books/Random House; 1-502-898-6211) for $33.90 postpaid, both books are different.