Shirley Temple milk pitcher part of a child's breakfast set
Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
Q: When I was a child, my mother gave me a blue glass pitcher with Shirley Temple on it, picture enclosed. I am now 81 years old. I think it might be quite valuable since she was such a great child star, and later became an ambassador appointed by our president. Please advise me if this is of any value.
— P.A.L., Internet
A: I imagine most of our readers remember Shirley Temple, and, likely, their favorite movie. For me, all the movies she appeared in with Wallace Beery are my favorites.
Shirley Temple memorabilia has been a specific category of collecting for decades. Reproductions of the cobalt blue glass decorated with an image of Shirley have been available for more than 20 years. The pitcher you have is obviously not a reproduction. Your 4˝-inch pitcher often is referred to as a cream pitcher. Actually, it was part of a three-piece child's breakfast set consisting of a milk pitcher, bowl and mug. The set was given away as a premium from the Wheaties cereal company. Your milk pitcher appears to be in excellent condition. Potential dollar value is less than $50.
Q: I am unable to identify the ottoman in the enclosed photo. The bottom is marked with raised embossed lettering "EST." Do you have a clue?
Also, can you identify the gold chair in the other photo? I cannot find anything close to the style.
— N., Internet
A: I was not able to find any listing for a furniture manufacturer with the letters "EST." I am sure the letters are "ES," followed by a hammer. The ottoman was likely made after World War II, perhaps in the 1950s, based on your photograph. To investigate further, contact Rago Auctions. They specialize in vintage 20th century modern furniture and decorative arts. The website is www.ragoarts.com.
The chair was probably marketed through a Sears & Roebuck catalog. The style is a 20th century version of 18th century style. The oval panel in the backrest depicting a dapper young fellow in Colonial clothes wearing a tricorn hat appears to be a stencil decoration. Potential dollar value is less than $50, short of a lucky day.
Q: I have two old books by Lady Wentworth, and would like more information on them and what they are worth. The first one has a hard cover, blue in color, and has some damage on the binding where the title should be. The title is, "The Authentic Arabian Horse and His Descendants." It has 265 plates in halftone and 26 plates in color, and many diagrams in the text. It is a companion volume of "Thoroughbred Racing Stock," first published in 1945 by Unwin Brothers Limited Woking. It is in good condition, except for the damage on the binding.
The second one, also a hardcover, is red in color. It is in very good condition, with no damage. The title is, "Thoroughbred Racing Stock," also by Lady Wentworth. It has 398 plates in halftone and 21 plates in color and many diagrams in the text. It was first published in 1938 by Unwin Brothers Ltd. I would appreciate any kind of information and possible worth for these old books. With all the horse farms in Ocala, someone should have these books. I am retired and no longer have use for them.
— M.S., Ocala
A: Thoroughbred racing memorabilia is a category of collecting interest. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association now offers horse racing memorabilia and collectibles. I suggest you contact them about your two books at www.ntra.com or 800-582-5604. Good luck.
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 email@example.com.