Detective Beat: Mystery Antique Items, Need Information!

By Dave

March 6th, 2008

Editor’s note: We’ve received the following requests over the past few days to identify several unknown antique and collectible items. If you have any relevant information, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article… thanks!

  • Hello! I need help, please and thanks!! I have a lovely clear glass cake pedestal with a starburst-like diamond pattern radiating from the center. Within the bigger diamond shape are 4 smaller diamond shapes. Can you tell me what pattern this is? Much appreciated, Renee’
  • I have been unsuccessful finding anything about a ReedBarton tray I have marked reedbarton 1291 24. Do you know anything about this tray or if this if is worth anything? Belinda
  • I was looking over your site and could not find a radio I have a majestic on the tag in the back it has model 370 and on the inside left it has model 371. I also have a atwater kent radio which i could not find.Can you help with any information? Rich
  • Can you tell me or tell me where I can get information on a New Haven Bee Hive Mantel Clock?
  • I found a small perfume bottle on a barrier island in Georgia that was known to have a viberant history back in the 1800’s and was wondering how to find information about it. The printing on it says:
    F. HOYT & CO, PHILADA, PERFUMERS. Please let me know where to look up information about it. Thanks, Tim
  • Wanting some information on a pocket am radio, red in color sinclaire named after the gas station. Nancy
  • I inherited an old General Electric console radio / 78 player from my Grandmother. It’s actually in really good shape for its age. I am not looking to sell it, but rather to get a roundabout age of the piece, and maybe a value, just so I know. Kevin
  • I am not a collector but, I have a Victorian Table Lamp made in France and I am trying to find the value of the lamp. my mother was 65yrs. of age at her passing and this lamp was to have been her grandmothers I am basically looking for guidance on how to identify it. The lamp does have some wear but still beautiful. Marvin
  • Could you give me some information on a model 11 aladdin lamp made in chicago ill it is metal of some sort it was owned by my great grandma? Linda
  • I have an old wine bottle.blownglass-green-wine still in bottle-interested in history of the bottle. please help. thank you, Donna
  • I have a globe, filled with water. It has a red rose that looks black now, when you hold it to the sunlight it looks deep red. It has a brass base and a regular screw lid on the bottom where it can be opened. On that lid it is numbered. I don’t know if it is a snow globe, what floats around in there is like black snow. It looks victorian. Any Ideas? Thanks, Art.
  • I have a Zenith Radio Corp model 11 serial No. 315962 I haven’t seen it on any website so just wondering about it. Linda
  • I have an F&S neon beer sign and also a Piels neon beer sign. Where could I get information on those? Bob
  • I have something I think Thomas Edison invented. It’s called an Ediphone. Can you give me any information on this item? Thank you in advance. Terry
  • I have in my collection, a Dated Events World War 2 Map, copyright 1942. Because of its age, where it has been folded all these yrs, it has come apart into 4 sections. Is there any way to repair this as I would like to put it in a frame to protect it from ripping anymore. LInda
  • I have a coke machine in working order but don’t know the history on it. Model#H110F – #70828600 Bottle machine / 10 cent. Lori
  • Hello, I am wondering if you could help me date a sign I have recently found in the loft of my grandfather’s farm, It is a shell aviation Gasoline sign, it measures approx 30″ in diameter, the half shell is gray in color, while the rest of the sign is mostly yellow with some red. Jeff
  • Can you help me find anything about this item I recently aquired? I am a serious Zippo collector among other items and cannot find a lot on it? It is an old 1930s lighter fluid dispenser, One cent machine and this particular one has the Van-Lansing Co. name Elwood PA. Patent applied for. I know that George Blaisdell was supposed to have commisioned to have many made but the zippo historian said no company name was available? Michael
  • I have an early 1920 6 1/2 ounce amber international coke bottle with a paper label. they are in A-1 condition. I got this from my fathers estate. Don’t know where or when my parents got it–yard sale or goodwill store. They had kept it wrapped in a towel and placed in a paper sack for years. Jerry
  • I have two menus, one from Smalls Paradise Cabaret and the other from the Savoy Ballroom, both in NY City. These were in with a few programs “Biggest show of 51″ and 53 , 51 autographed by Ellington, Cole, Vaughan, Ect. I am trying to research the value/history of these items, but unsure where or how to proceed.They were once owned by the first black radio DJ in Cleveland Ohio ” Walkin Talkin Bill Hawkins”. Any help would be appreciated. Mick
  • I am looking for any info regarding a silver, 4 color mechanical pencil. it is inscribed in german “gift bought on board the airship hindenburg”. It was manufacture by NORMA . it also bears a patent # 900.if you have or any info or the whereabouts of anyone still living who may be able to help me it would be greatly appreciated. Allan
  • I have a very large Grundig 3D Klang short wave radio with European cities all over the dial. It lights up and appears everything is present. Can you tell me anything about this 5 speaker radio? Terry
  • I have an old EXIDE tin sign. Oval, am interested in dating sign? Wolf

If you have any information about the above, leave a comment below and we’ll try to alert the questioner to your answer! Thanks…

30 comments so far

  1. Toni Says:

    I have a Motorola pre 1940’s aerowave international short wave radio with emerson record player in my garage. The mfg is Galvin from chicago the model #101F21, this radio was disconnected in Sept 14,1942 can not find any info about on the internet. It is a console style,could you help me I need to find out about it so I can sell it for a good price.

  2. Bill Says:

    Michael,The van-lite you have sounds like the earliest model made by the name Van-Lansing I can tell better if I knew if it has a brass ring around the top of the base where it meets the glass? If so it should also have a 16 sided glass tube? There are very very few known to exist of this early model, You have a real treasure there, Can I ask is it for sale?

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Hello,
    With regards to the van lite lighter fluid filler. I have recently obtained one myself. It has a 16 sided glass tube as well, burgundy in colour, one cent coin operated Van-Lansing pocket lighter fluid filler.
    I am curious to know the year this antique is from and how much this antique is potentially worth.
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Jenn

  4. Tom Says:

    Hey, I have a full wood case of 6.5 oz, unopened coke bottles, 1960’s. how can I find their value or even someone to buy them?

  5. korey Says:

    HEY WE FOUND A SAME KIND OF BOTTLE IN THR GULF SHORES BAY THE WAY YOU DECRIBED IT WAS THE SAME KIND OF BOTTLE IF RECIEVED THIS MESSAGE ABOUT THE MYSTERY OF f hoyt

  6. Don Simpson Says:

    There is at least one web site devoted to the NORMA mechanical pencils:
    http://www.roger-russell.com/normapg.htm

  7. cindy bryson Says:

    my son found a bottle from f.hoyt perfumers in new york. does anyone know the date this company was in business? we live in ne georgia.

  8. Tony Says:

    Hello Bill and Michael. I as well have one of the Van-Lansing lighter fluid dispensers. It has the brass ring that meets the 16 sided glass cylinder. There is also a 1 cent etc… decal on the glass. Any idea on the value of these? I would rate the condition a 9 out of 10 retaining about 95% of the original red paint, near perfect decals. Thank you in advance!

  9. Melissa D Says:

    I found a HOYT CO INC PERFUMERS LOWELL NEW YORK MEMPHIS bottle. Any information would be nice. Looks very old.

  10. Rachael Says:

    I also have a Motorola model 101f21. and mine also had the shortwave disconnected on Sept. 14 1942. I read the above article from Tony and was shocked. Could this be a coincidence? I was wondering anything anyone could tell me about this Floor Model Motorola

  11. Jared Says:

    Ediphone:
    Just came across one myself. Its a dictation machine. Mine is a 1930s model and has a steel case with a cupboard underneath to hold the rolls.
    It works like this: You talk into a long, horn-like microphone (though, that’s not what it was called I dont think) which transferred the vibration of your voice to a needle. A roll of wax, not unlike a longer, thinner toilet paper tube basically that fits over the thick silver spindle on the machine (the wax rolls were the cassettes of the day) a needle carves the acoustic pattern of your voice into the wax. Later, on either a different machine or a later model, you could listen to the voice recording using head phones (they looked like stethoscopes). A different yet machine would later scrape off the thin layer of wax that was carved on leaving a brand new surface to record on. The rolls could be used up to 100 times I’m told.

  12. Lisa Foss Says:

    I have inherited a Piels beer neon sign. It is not working and needs to have the neon tubes refilled. It came from my grandfather in Philadelphia. My grandfather purchased it from the bar he attended in the 50’s. What would something like this be worth? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Lisa

  13. philip haggans Says:

    Help I have an old general electric radio that is 41 inches tall 24 inches wide and 11 inches deep it looks like cherry wood console ,not sure, it has short wave , amateur air craft, and, broadcast bands. I need to know what year it is . It has a retangular dial not round and a lot of buttons plus knobs (6) on it it is a tube radio and in very good shape but some one cut the coard any info would help me out thanks Phil

  14. Angel Says:

    I decided to restore my electric water cooled Coke machine
    (Circa 1930s/1940s) and need a service manual but all I have is a
    Ser. # J.E. 13 but don’t have a model #.
    Is it possible to obtain information through a serial number..?

  15. Alan Thomas Says:

    I was digging a stump out of my yard today and came across a small perfume bottle about 3 inches high, and has this on the bottle. F. Hoyt & co. Perfumers, New York. On the bottom of the bottle is the number 4. Any information would be appreciated.

  16. Debra Turner Says:

    My husband found a small clear bottle that say’s
    \
    F Hoyt & Co
    Perfumers
    Philla
    1 stamped on the bottom

    Does anyone know how much it is worth? The bottle is in very good condition. If anyone knows about this bottle let me know please.

  17. jodi dulmes Says:

    I’m looking for information about where/when some lamps/table decorations were made with brightly colored pressed glass flowers, wrapped in silk, and sometimes mounted in rather gaudy planters? I have a lamp that is also mounted in a clear glass base. I have seen them described as Czech on E-bay and the descriptions usually say they were probably made up by someone who mounted them in plaster, but since I have seen various examples of these mounted in plaster, sometimes in planters, I’m thinking they were made this way? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  18. Natalie King Says:

    I’m looking for information on a mechanical pencil that my aunt, who is about to turn 90 years old, was given as a small child. She is very curious about this pencil. It is 4″ long, from tip to tip. It is a dark turquoise in color and has black and painted gold stripes around the center of the body as well as above the back end where the lead and eraser are stored. I cannot find a manufacturer’s name anywhere on it. Her Sunday School teacher gave it to her when she was a small child, and she has always treasured it. We have been searching for eraser refills and lead so that she can enjoy using it again. If this sounds familiar to anyone, please help me to help her know more about her pencil. Thanks

  19. Arlene Yaklyvich Says:

    I have found a key lookin item, silver insribed Illinois watch case co elgin usa, on back it says meyer cabn& tallbott Pacific coast agency Los angeles, is this just an advertisment?

  20. NANCY GODELL Says:

    I HAVE A MAGIZINE THAT MY MOTHER HAD THE NAME ON IT SAYS CLICK THE NATIONAL PICTURE MONTHLY 10CENTS ARTICALS LIKE’THE MAKING OF PAL JOEY ‘BY GEORGE ABBOTT FRANK CAPRA DIRECTOR ROBERT RISKIN WRITER EDITOR ROBERT ROGERS NEW YORK EDITOR FREDRICK ARKUS HOLLYWOOD EDITOR HERBERT BREGSTEIN ITS A LARGE MAGAZINE BUT NO ONE HAS HEARD OF IT MARCH 1941 I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFO

  21. NANCY GODELL Says:

    I ALSO HAVE A WATCH SHAPED LIKE A STEERING WHEEL CHEVROLET AND OLD ENGLISH ARE ON IT AND SERIEAL NO.23318 IF ANY ONE COULD TELL ME WHERE I COULD GET SOME INFO ON IT THANK U.

  22. Joe Andrisani Says:

    I have a brass oval pinback that is 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches high with the pin still attached. It is imprinted on the face with the keystone of PA and 1919 Pennsylvania Licensed Driver and the number 26158. Can anyone identify this and perhaps provide some history and value? Thanks.

  23. RICK BROUGHTON Says:

    To Nancy Godell,

    WHEN YOU FIND OUT ALL THE INFO ON THE CHEVY STEERING WHEEL WATCH WOULD YOU POST A PICTURE AND VALUE.WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO SELL IT,IF IT’S NOT SOMTHING YOU DESIRE TO KEEP?I MIGHT BE INTERESTED IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT.IT’S OK TO GIVE HER MY EMAIL ADDRESS.

  24. STEVE BURNETT Says:

    I HAVE AN ATWATER KENT STAND ALONE SPEAKER. IT IS A TYPE E5 SERIAL NO. 503259. I WANT TO LEARN ABOUT IT OR IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN COLLECTING IT.

  25. Mary Lou Corbett Says:

    I too have a 1919 PA licensed driver pin # 17727 – also looking for history and value – thanks.

  26. Tracy Cerny Says:

    I have a silver zippo type ligher (for cigarettes or cigars – not sure) with the name “MIKADO” on it. It’s at least 3-4 inches in size.

    Mikado seems to be railroad related and my grandfather did work for the railroad. Can you direct me to a website or somone so I can learn more about it? (in English)

    Thanks!
    Tracy

  27. Lisa Owens Says:

    I have UNCLE SAM’S LARGE Almanck, FOR 1834, BEING THE 2ND after Bissextile, or Leap Year; CONTAINING 365 DAYS, And the fifty-eighth year of American Independence./ PHILADELPHIA: Published and sold by Denny & Walker, No. 28, North Third Street.- containing remarkable events of the late American War.

  28. Selena McCrary Says:

    I also have a perfume bottle F. Hoyt.&Co. Perfumers New York with the number 4 on the bottom. My Daddy found it and thought it was unique and he gave it to me. I also live in Georgia, but we cannot remember where we found the bottle.

  29. Selena McCrary Says:

    Tim my email address is mccraryselena@yahoo.com

  30. kim roebuck Says:

    I found an old bottle about 3 maybe 4 inches tall and on the front is reads
    F HOYT &CO PERFUMERS NEW YORK. If anyone can fill me in on any information about the bottle I would greater apperciate it.


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