Antiques: Butter Dish

Q: I have an antique butter dish that I suspect was my grandmother’s wedding gift in 1882. It is a pedestal style, with round top that when rolled down exposes the butter. How much do you think it is worth?
-L.B.G., DeBary, FL

A: Butter dishes such as the one you have often sell in antique shops in the $45 to $75 range, depending on condition and whether the piece is sterling or plate.


Q: I was fortunate to be in the audience of “Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. I have a program from that night signed by Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, two of the stars of the original production. I would like to find out what it is worth.
- Susan, Spring Branch, TX

A: I spoke to several autograph dealers, and they seem to agree that your program is worth in the $100 to $200 range, depending on condition and clarity of the signatures.


Q: Since we are in the middle of another political election season, I have become curious about three items: a John Kennedy tapestry with JFK in a PT boat, floor tickets to the Democratic Convention in 1964, and a press pass for a Barry Goldwater rally in Phoenix in 1964.
-L.B.G., DeBary, FL

A: The JFK tapestries generally sell in the $25 to $45 range, the floor tickets are probably worth about $25, and the press pass, $20. These values are based on similar items sold on eBay.


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