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Fra Andreas Garcia was an 18th-century Mexican Franciscan friar and folk artist who worked in what is now New Mexico. He carved and painted wooden figures of saints, called bulto, measuring around 12 to 18 inches tall. The figures were used as devotional images as well as artistic objects.

Polychrome wooden bulto made by Fra Garcia between 1748 and 1778 representing San (Saint) Rafael the Archangel sold at auction in Cottone. An archangel is a messenger of God, of higher rank than that of an angel.

San Rafael is a patron saint of travelers, often depicted holding a staff; the blind; and doctors, from an Old Testament story in which he healed a blind man with fish gall.

Q: I love Coca-Cola advertising. I recently bought a metal Coca-Cola serving tray with a girl in a white swimsuit sitting on a diving board drinking a Coke. How do I know if it’s vintage and how much is it worth?

A: Coca-Cola was first served in 1886 in Atlanta. John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, invented Coca-Cola by combining a mysterious dark liquid with carbonated water.

Coca-Cola promotional pieces have been in fashion for years, popular with collectors and businesses with vintage decor. Coke began making serving platters in 1897. Vintage Coca-Cola platters have a black back, while reproductions can have a yellow, white, or other colored back. Telltale signs of a reproduction include bar codes and any evidence that the back has been painted black. A real 13 inch by 10 1/2 inch metal Coca-Cola tray from 1939 featuring a girl on a springboard like yours was recently sold for $ 102.

Q: I would like to know the value of a silver basket that was in the middle of our dining room table when I was a child. It has a ruffled edge, a swivel rope handle and floral decoration all over the surface. The bottom is marked “James W. Tufts, Boston, Guaranteed, Quadruple Plate”, the letter “T” in a star and “2768.” I am 89 years old and would like to know more before passing it on to my niece.

A: James W. Tufts, owner of three drugstores, made soda fountain equipment, including silver metal parts. In 1875 he was also making silver-plated crockery. He held several patents, including one for “Ornamental designs on Britannia and other soft metals” granted in 1885. The designs were made by pressing soft metal into a hand-carved mold or die to produce a design mimicking a more expensive engraving. Tufts died in 1902, and the business closed before 1915. The model number indicates you have a fruit basket. These were sometimes called “Bridal baskets”, because they were often given as a wedding gift. Most had glass liners to protect the silver from the acid in the fruit. Some silver plated bridal baskets sell for around $ 25.

Q: I was given a Ronson butane lighter over 50 years ago. It has never been used and is still in the original box. It has a golden tag that says Ronson Varaflame Windlite Slim Line pocket lighter. It is a shiny chrome plate with a black sand finish. Can you tell me something about this company?

A: Ronson lighters were first manufactured in 1913 by Art Metal Works of Newark, NJ, a company founded by Louis V. Aronson in 1886. The company originally manufactured gold plated metal. Aronson obtained a patent for a cigar and gas light fixture in 1910, and the company began manufacturing pocket lighters in 1913. The name “Ronson,” derived from the surname of Aronson, was used on lighters starting in the 1920s. The company also manufactured a lighter fluid called “Ronsonol.”

The company name changed to Ronson Art Metal Works in 1945 and was changed to Ronson Corp. in 1954. Varaflame Windlite lighters were introduced in 1959 and were advertised as windbreakers. Zippo Manufacturing Co. purchased Ronson in 2010 and continues to manufacture Ronson brand lighters, fuel and accessories. Ronson Varaflame Windlite Slim Line lighters sell for between $ 10 and $ 15.

Q: I have a washing set that includes a pitcher, a large bowl, a small covered dish with holes in the bottom, and another bowl with a handle on it. its marked “NHP, made in England.” Can you tell me who did it?

A: Your toiletry set, or toilet set, was manufactured by New Hall Pottery Ltd., a company based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England, from 1899 to 1956. Toilet sets were common throughout the world. Victorian era before most homes. had interior plumbing. Some sets have more parts, including water pitcher, sink, chamber pot with handle, soap dish, slop pot, toothbrush holder, shaving cup, tumbler and other articles. The dish with the holes is for soap, so it can drip. By 1913 New Hall Pottery was the world’s largest manufacturer of inexpensive toilet sets. Sales of toiletry sets declined after around 1919, and the company concentrated on manufacturing tableware and hotel items.

TIP: If you are using plate racks to display your plates, make sure they are not too tight. The clips should be covered with a soft material. Otherwise, the end clips may scratch or chip the plate.


Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.

– Doorstop, dog, Scotty, standing, cast iron, center seam, black paint, 8 1/2 x 10 inches, $ 30.

– Perfume bottle, clear and frosted glass, two anemone flowers, side by side and superimposed, beaded centers and stopper, René Lalique, 1935, engraved writing “Lalique France”, 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches, $ 125.

– Jewelry, lapel pin, shamrock, playing card suit symbol, three black pearls, rose cut diamond center, triangular shank with diamond, on 18k yellow gold bar, France, Victorian, 1 1/2 x 3 / 4 inches, $ 375.

– Furniture, game table, walnut, carved, two flaps on a wide skirt, tapered square legs, England, 19th century, 30 x 35 inches, $ 410.

– Rug, hook, horse, running, flowing mane and tail, beige circle, multicolored zigzag border, signed “PL” and dated “89”, 25 x 36 inches, $ 500.

– Clock, desk, bronze, round dial, spiral twisted frame, ribbon finial, rope accents hanging from sides, oval jasper cameo with classic figure, square alabaster base, dial marked EF Caldwell & Co., c. 1900, 9 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches, $ 610.

– Pottery face jug, flowing sparkling olive green glaze, kaolin eyes with cobalt pupils, broken porcelain teeth, flared spout, two strap handles, marked “BB Craig”, 17 inches, $ 700.

– Magnifying Mirror, Federal, Walnut, White Pine, Dovetail Drawer with Inlaid Brass Escutcheon, Support Legs, Aged Mirror Plate, 21 x 13 x 7 inches, $ 880.

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