In about 1990, I bought a Spiro Agnew wristwatch. It still runs, but I no longer have the original box. Is it rare and how much do you think it is worth? — Rob, Wichita, Kan.
The Spiro Agnew wristwatch issued by the Dirty Times Co. often sells in the $75 to $100 range. Compare it with the Dan Quayle wristwatch valued at only $25.
I believe that political memorabilia is one of the better hobbies to have since most of the items can be picked up for free at campaign headquarters, and almost all political issues are certain to increase in value.
I have a chalkware dog that has been in my family for at least a century. What exactly is chalkware? — Tommy, Shreveport, La.
Chalkware is made from gypsum or plaster of Paris, formed in a mold and then hand painted with oils or watercolors. Chalkware pieces were popular from about 1860 through the early years of the past century.
They often were sold door to door. Later pieces, known as carnival chalkware, were given away as prizes at carnivals and fairs.
Prices vary and condition is extremely important, since chalkware is easily chipped and damaged.
I have a set of stylized cats by Marion Campbell that I received as a Christmas present in either 1961 or 1962. My husband thinks they are the ugliest thing he has ever seen. Before I get rid of them, do you think they have any value? — Carol, Hastings, Neb.
Ceramic cat figurines with elongated necks were especially popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s. They were produced by numerous companies.
Your husband might warm up to your figurines when he discovers your set could be worth as much as $250. They have become quite collectible ... again.
While cleaning out a storage area, I found a box of older fruit jars. They are Atlas Mason jars, olive in color with zinc lids. Any idea of how much they are worth? — Stan, Des Moines, Iowa
Most jars of this type sell in the $10 to $12 range. As with most collectibles, there are always exceptions.