I have a small trinket box that is marked “M. Horn 1883.” I assume it must be quite old and wonder if you can tell me more about it. — Susan, Dayton, Ohio
It’s not as old as you might imagine. The company that manufactured your box was based in Eastland, Texas, and operated for at least two years beginning in 1952. According to Lehner’s Encyclopedia of U.S. Marks on Pottery, Porcelain & Clay by Lois Lehner (Collector Books), the small company specialized in vases, console sets, candy boxes and other items it marketed as art china.
I have an early edition of “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. Is it valuable? — Ken, Topeka, Kan.
The first edition of Gone With the Wind was published in New York in 1936 and is marked “Published May, 1936.” The cover is gray cloth, and the original cover featured other Macmillan titles on the back panel. Most first editions I’ve seen are priced in the $5,000 to $10,000 range, depending on condition and if it has its cover. If you have a first edition and wish to sell, you should contact a good rare book dealer.
I have a collection of the proceedings of the national conference of the VFW that was held in Chicago, New York and St. Louis during the years 1937-1945. All are illustrated with pictures of the officers, speakers, attendees and so forth. Are these items worth anything? — Richard, Clarkston, Mich.
You might contact the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The address and telephone number are 408 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111; and 816-756-3390.
I am sending you a picture of a table that has a sticker indicating it was manufactured in Rochester, N.Y. It also is stamped with the number “300.” I would like to know what the number means and what my table is worth. — Ruth, Gloucester, Mass.
The “300” indicates the production model number. I suggest you contact used furniture and antique dealers in your area to determine its value.