Antiques: Mustache Cup

Q: I have a mustache cup that I purchased at a flea market. I paid $10 and think it could be worth much more.  -Susan, Metarie, LA

A: Maybe and maybe not. It depends on who made the mustache cup, when, and its design. Victorian-era mustache cups are always in higher demand than those made during the 1970’s and 80’s.

Q: I have several paperback novels from the late 1940s and early 50’s that I think might be worth a little money. They belonged to an uncle who took meticulous care of his property. How can I find out current values?  – Steve, Ramona, CA

A: One of the better references is “The Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide” by Gary Lovisi (Krause, $19.99). This book proves that you can, indeed, sometimes judge a book by its cover.

Q: I recently found an “Uncle Wiggily Water Color Box,” with 16 little vats of colors and a brush, all contained in a metal box. On the lid is Uncle Wiggily in full color. Do you have any idea of its value. I don’t think the set was ever used.  -Mark, Rio Rancho, N.M.

A: In mint condition, $50 to $100, according to “A Century of Crayola Collectibles: A Price Guide” by Bonnie B. Rushlow and published by Hobby House Press.

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2 thoughts on “Antiques: Mustache Cup

  1. C. Ambulos

    Have a small collection of ceramic produced expressly for the Hotel Waldorf Astoria, by Rosen Hale, called “Bavaria” and furnished by Nathan Straus & Sons NY. in 1931

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