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Terry and Kim Kovel King Features Syndicate

It is not easy to recognize this piece of wood with its deeply carved design. Unlike today’s familiar decorative stamping tools, it was not pressed in ink and used to imprint onto fabric or paper; it’s a buttery feeling.

Nineteenth-century farming families made their own butter, shaped it into molds and pressed designs into it with hand-carved butter stamps or etchings. If the butter were sold in a market, the printed designs would attract customers and identify the maker. Designs with symmetrical, repeating, or divided elements may have helped divide the butter into portions. Some butter prints had handles or were attached to a butter mold.

This oval print with a flower and heart design and a notched border sold for $5,015 at Conestoga Auction Co. It was made in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the 19th century.

Q: My 90 year old mother is looking to sell her collection of over 100 pieces of LE Smith Moon & Stars amberina glass. We’re having trouble getting an appraisal or even a ready-to-sell place for her.

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Answer: The Smith Glass Company was in business in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania from 1907 to 2004. It was famous for its Moon & Star patterned glass but was not the first to manufacture it. The pattern was first created by Adams & Company in 1874 and was originally called “Palace”. It was nicknamed “Moon & Star” due to the moon-shaped depression and star design. Many glassmakers made variations of the pattern. LE Smith began making Moon & Star glass in 1962.

The company did not own the molds but leased them from Island Mold Company, paying a royalty for each piece. Most parts are unmarked. Moon & Star is a popular pattern. There is a club for collectors: Society of Moon and Star Pattern Glassware.

You can find more information on their website, www.moonandstarglassclub.com. You may be able to find someone there who is interested in your mother’s collection.

Q: What is the age and value of a Royal Quiet Deluxe portable typewriter, serial number A-1395264? The typewriter and case are in good condition.

Answer: Royal Typewriter Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1904. The first Royal typewriters were sold in 1906. During World War II the company shifted production to make parts for aircraft engines , propellers, machine guns, guns and bullets. Royal merged with McBee in 1954 and became Royal McBee. In 1965, it was bought by Litton and became Royal Typewriter again.

After several other changes, it became Royal Consumer Information Products Inc. in 2004. The company’s products now include calculators, cash registers, shredders and other office equipment, as well as electronic and manual typewriters . Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriters were manufactured from 1939 to 1959. The style was redesigned in the 1940s and again in 1950. It was manufactured in several colors from 1955. Your typewriter was manufactured in 1947. Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriters sell for around $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on condition, style, and color.

Current prices

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.

Porcelain wall mask, female, head turned, short blonde curly hair, blue hat, yellow flower, white collar, yellow butterfly on shoulder, marked, Royal Dux, Czechoslovakia, 8¼ inches, $40.

Pottery jar, Nambe Pueblo, blackware, round, turned edge, wide geometric band, signed, Marie Herrera, 2½-by-4¼ inches, $115.

Ice cream freezer, lid, glass, waffle, “Whip/Egg Beater/Butter Churn”, metal churn, Dazey, 11 inch, $185.

Lamp, electric, hanging, brass, globular, openwork, rows of graduated glass cabochons, multicolored, three chains, Moroccan style, mid 20th century, 16 by 16 inches, $440.

Coin-operated game, Basket Ball, 5 ball 1 cent, glass front, reverse painted game scene, wood case, Victory, 22 inches by 18 inches, $530.

Jewelry, pin, starburst, red oval cabochon center, faux turquoise dome cabochon ring, gold-on-silver rays, red stone trim, Eisenberg Originals, 2⅝-by-2⅜-inch, $810.

Bank, figurative, building, The Traders Bank Of Canada, Yonge St., Colborne St., hinged front, recorded by E. Jarvis, 1891, 10 inches long, $900.

Clock, banjo, Federal, mahogany, spindle finial, handguns, leafy scrollwork and painted flowers, classic scene on door, stand base, signed dial, Wm. Cummens, Massachusetts, 19th century, 42 inches, $1,200.

Toy, carousel, four pairs of horses and riders, red and white striped canopy, United States flag finial, green plink board base, plays music, wind up, Gunthermann, 14 inch, $2,040.

Textile, United States flag, 35 stars, coarse linen, hand sewn, double appliqué stars, two brass grommets, c. 1863, 52 by 91 inches, $2,600.

Q: What is the age and value of a Royal Quiet Deluxe portable typewriter, serial number A-1395264? The typewriter and case are in good condition.

Answer: Royal Typewriter Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1904. The first Royal typewriters were sold in 1906. During World War II the company shifted production to make parts for aircraft engines , propellers, machine guns, guns and bullets. Royal merged with McBee in 1954 and became Royal McBee. In 1965, it was bought by Litton and became Royal Typewriter again.

After several other changes, it became Royal Consumer Information Products Inc. in 2004. The company’s products now include calculators, cash registers, shredders and other office equipment, as well as electronic and manual typewriters . Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriters were manufactured from 1939 to 1959. The style was redesigned in the 1940s and again in 1950. It was manufactured in several colors from 1955. Your typewriter was manufactured in 1947. Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriters sell for around $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on condition, style, and color.

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.

Porcelain wall mask, female, head turned, short blonde curly hair, blue hat, yellow flower, white collar, yellow butterfly on shoulder, marked, Royal Dux, Czechoslovakia, 8¼ inches, $40.

Pottery jar, Nambe Pueblo, blackware, round, turned edge, wide geometric band, signed, Marie Herrera, 2½-by-4¼ inches, $115.

Ice cream freezer, lid, glass, waffle, “Whip/Egg Beater/Butter Churn”, metal churn, Dazey, 11 inch, $185.

Lamp, electric, hanging, brass, globular, openwork, rows of graduated glass cabochons, multicolored, three chains, Moroccan style, mid 20th century, 16 by 16 inches, $440.

Coin-operated game, Basket Ball, 5 ball 1 cent, glass front, reverse painted game scene, wood case, Victory, 22 inches by 18 inches, $530.

Jewelry, pin, starburst, red oval cabochon center, faux turquoise dome cabochon ring, gold-on-silver rays, red stone trim, Eisenberg Originals, 2⅝-by-2⅜-inch, $810.

Bank, figurative, building, The Traders Bank Of Canada, Yonge St., Colborne St., hinged front, recorded by E. Jarvis, 1891, 10 inches long, $900.

Clock, banjo, Federal, mahogany, spindle finial, handguns, leafy scrollwork and painted flowers, classic scene on door, stand base, signed dial, Wm. Cummens, Massachusetts, 19th century, 42 inches, $1,200.

Toy, carousel, four pairs of horses and riders, red and white striped canopy, United States flag finial, green plink board base, plays music, wind up, Gunthermann, 14 inch, $2,040.

Textile, United States flag, 35 stars, coarse linen, hand sewn, double appliqué stars, two brass grommets, c. 1863, 52 by 91 inches, $2,600.

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