Vintage Clip Stand Makes 'Handy' Inheritance

Advice, Antique or Junque, Featured Article
on September 19, 2013
Brass clip stand designed to hold small items.

Q: Enclosed is a photo of an item that my husband received along with several other things following a friend’s death. We are unable to identity what it is. It appears to be brass. It is 12 inches tall and has a 4-inch petal shaped base. There are three sets of small hands that can be moved up or down on the center. Each set is spring loaded so they can be squeezed to open the hands. I have examined the item and have been unable to find any identifying marks or names.
It will be very much appreciated if you can tell us what this is.
A: Your stand was used to clip anything you chose. Photos, notes, postcards, jewelry, hand towels are just a few of the options. There are similar stands that have butterflies or turtles rather than the hands. Some were made by Glo-Mar Art Works located in New York.

Similar clip stands were made in the early to mid-1900s and would probably be worth $35 to $50.

Correct Table Service Co. ‘Eternal Harvest’

"Eternal Harvest" dinnerware was made in Japan.

“Eternal Harvest” dinnerware was made in Japan.

Q: I have enclosed a picture of the mark that is on the back of each dish in a set of dinnerware that I have. The set is a service for eight and includes two platters, a cream pitcher and sugar bowl. Each piece is decorated with gold wheat, gold and gray leaves against a white background and trimmed in 24-Karat gold. The set also includes a matching set of glass tumblers and juice glasses.
They are also decorated with images of wheat. Is there any value to my set?

A: Your set was made by Correct Table Service Company in Japan around 1950. The pattern, “Eternal Harvest” was made from the 1950s to around 1972. Many pieces can be found selling on the Internet. Your set would probably be worth $150 to $300.

Few Interested in Antique Turtle Spittoon

Q: I have a cast iron turtle spittoon that has been in our family since the late 1800s. It is operated by stepping on the turtle’s head to open the lid. Inside is a container. It is marked with the words “Golden Novelty Company — Patd. Nov. 20 — 91 — Chicago — Ill.”
What is it worth?
A: There is not the interest in collecting spittoons as there was in the past. It would probably be worth $350 to $450.

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