Q: I have several pieces of china made for the New York Central Lines in Syracuse. Whom can I contact about current values?
— Patricia, Fowlerville, MI
A: Douglas McIntyre is the author of “The Official Guide to Railroad Dining Car China,” one of the better reference books in this field. Since it is an expensive book, try to request a copy through your regional public library. Robert D’Archille is a serious collector who also might be helpful. His address is 3972 NY Route 26, Whitney Point, NY 13862.
Q: I recently purchased some glassware from a neighbor, including some stunning pieces of Steuben, Lalique and Boehm. I got the items at such a reasonable price that I wonder if I should simply hold on to them until economic conditions improve.
— Betty, Waco, Texas
A: You might begin by purchasing some of the better price guides. I especially like the Warman guides published by Krause, since they are easy to use and I think accurately reflect marketplace values. You also should find a dealer you trust for advice.