Cut-glass dresser box's paw feet add value

Cut-glass dresser boxes were produced in large quantities from the 19th century and on into the 20th century. (Courtesy of John Sikorski)

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.

Q: I do not think this is an antique, but I wonder if you could point me to information about it. I did find out that "echt Kristall" is German for "cut glass," and I guess the next word on the label is "Handcrafted." The last word is not very clear, and I cannot find it on the Internet the way I am reading it. It measures 6 inches high by 4¼ inches deep and 9½ inches long, and the true color is purple, not blue, as the photos show. I would appreciate your help.

C.A., Williston

A: Cut-glass dresser boxes are popular items in the antiques marketplace. They were produced in large quantities from the 19th century and on into the 20th century. All the famous glass houses in Europe, England and America produced them. Your very attractive dresser box was likely made in the mid-20th century. The detail on the metalwork appears to be of a high-quality standard. Mounted on four paw feet makes it more desirable. Potential dollar value is $100 to $300.

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Q: Is there any information you can tell me about these pictures. I am thinking they are very old. Do you think they are of any significance? The Elvis picture is not a copy.

J., Internet

A: Yes, the photograph of Elvis while he was in the service would definitely be of interest to Elvis collectors, if the signature is genuine. As far as I am aware, Elvis usually signed his full name, not just "Elvis" as your picture is signed. To get it authenticated, contact, or if you are thinking of selling it, contact Heritage Auctions in Texas at

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Q: I have several items that I would like to know the value of and, hopefully, sell to a dealer.

First, is a letter signed by Harry S. Truman addressed to Mrs. Maud Lampkin dated April 17, 1942, with envelope. Also, a letter signed by Harry S. Truman addressed to Mrs. Maud Lampkin dated "September 22, 1942," which has a handwritten note to her on it, with envelope.

I have a Count Basie autograph dated April 21, 1964.

And last, I have nine stamped envelopes dated "September 30, 1979," from the Canal Zone, stamped "Last Day of Operation."

I would appreciate any information you could give me in regards to value or where to obtain this information. I am very interested in selling these items.

C.D., Internet

A: Since you are interested in selling, it would be wise to check with an auction company that specializes in historical documents. Profiles in History specializes in historic documents. I think they would be a good resource for you. The website is Good luck.

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Q: I have several Wild Turkey liquor decanters, and I would like to know if you know of anyone who collects them. I started collecting them in the early 1970s, and I would love to find a new home for them. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

L.S., Ocala

A: There is no specific collector interest in your Wild Turkey decanters. Potential dollar values are catch-as-catch-can.

John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email

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