Commemorative game inspired by the trip to the North Pole

On top of the world! In September 1909, The New York Times published Robert Peary’s claims that he reached the North Pole in April of that year, attributing the discovery of the pole to him.

However, a week earlier, another newspaper claimed that Frederick Cook had reached the Pole the previous year. Both claims have since been disputed, but were causing a stir at the time.

The trip to the North Pole has inspired commemorative figurines, souvenirs and games. This North Pole game has a patent date of 1910. It is a game of skill in which the player rolls one of the included metal balls along the winding track, earning points for each hole in which the ball passes without falling.

The rules are printed on the back of the board, along with a scene of two explorers (Peary and Cook, perhaps?) approaching the pole.

This game sold for $480 at Morphy Auctions. The bundle included the brightly lithographed tin game board, two metal balls, the instruction sheet, and the box with a color image of a family in early 1900s dress playing the game. commercial games sell for higher prices when they come with the original box and parts.

Question: Can you refer me to a website that can check a maker’s mark on a Chinese vase and rate it? There is a mark printed above the words “Made in China”, which makes me think that it is worthless. It is also stamped “Not for food use. May poison food. For decorative purposes only.”

Answer: Your vase is not very old. The Food and Drug Administration began requiring a “Not For Food Use” warning on ceramics with lead-containing glazes in 1971. The FDA recommended testing ceramic tableware made in China, Hong Kong, India and Mexico. Restrictions on the allowable amount of lead in glazes used on dishes used for food have been tightened several times. Lead can leak out of the glaze and cause lead poisoning. Chinese brands are difficult to decipher.

If your vase was very old, you could take it to a museum to see if an expert could decipher the mark. A Chinese antiques dealer could give you an estimate of the value. However, your vase is not very old and would not be of great value.

Q: A friend of mine was bragging about his collection of Kentucky Derby glasses. He seemed to think they were valuable. Are they?

A: Shot glasses and keepsake glasses are best collected as they recall a fun holiday or event. Every year since 1939, a glass has been produced for the Kentucky Derby in limited quantities with a specific design. The glass is meant to hold the traditional Mint Julep, a popular drink on Derby day.

Kentucky Derby glass collectors want to collect each annual glass to have a complete set. Although they are sought after keepsakes, they are not as rare as you might think. Kentucky Derby Julep glasses from recent years sell for $5 to $9. Older ones are more expensive; a 1961 glass sold for $60 and a 1948 example sold for $150.

Q: I was interested in a set of three turquoise Pyrex Amish Butterprint Cinderella bowls. Can you tell me about this print and set of bowls?

A: The Butterprint pattern was introduced in 1957. It was one of the first printed patterns on the Opal ware Pyrex line. Others included Snowflake and Pink Daisy. Released in 1957, Butterprint was popular with its turquoise-on-white and white-on-turquoise Amish scenes.

The name “Cinderella” referred to a set of shapes, and her name was likely related to the popularity of the Cinderella story both in film and on Broadway at the time. Sets of four smaller to larger bowls cost between $215 and $300. We found a set of three bowls for $140 at a thrift store. Shop carefully to get the best price.

Q: How can I safely clean old coins?

A: Parts should not be cleaned. Collectors want pieces with the patina unchanged. If your coins are collectible, they should be fingerprint-proof and stored properly. Do not touch parts to examine them unless you are wearing white gloves. Oil from your skin will damage the piece. If you must touch a coin, hold it by the edge.

Parts should not be stored loose in a box or envelope. They can be scratched. Paper, cardboard, plastic and wood give off chemical vapors which accelerate corrosion. You can purchase archival coin holders online or at a coin store. Parts should be stored in a cool, dry place. You can find more information on proper coin storage on the American Numismatic Association’s website,

POINT: Clean the cast iron with coarse salt and a soft sponge. Salt is abrasive enough to remove bits of food and absorb oil without affecting the seasoning of the pan. Rinse and dry.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer reader questions sent to the column. Send a letter with a question describing the size, material (glass, pottery) and what you know about the item. Include only two photos, the item and a close-up of any marks or damage. Make sure your name and return address are included. Questions that are answered will appear in Kovels’ posts. Write to Kovels, (Name of this newspaper), King Features Syndicate, 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 or email us at [email protected]

Current prices

Current prices are recorded from antique shows, flea markets, sales and auctions across the United States. Prices vary by location due to local economic conditions.

fan of advertisingfolding, Bouillie Barousse, Toulouse, pleated paper, opens to form a circle, blue, white letters, wooden handles, France, 17 x 13 inches, $60.

bronze, mirrorpivot, art nouveau, round, openwork plinth, woman on swing, marked, early 20th century, 18 ¾ x 13 1/2 inches, $90.

Small carracing, Shark, brown, Fox Eagle 60 motor, pusher, Remco, 1961, 20 inch, $250.

LampOrbiter series, globe shade, chrome, adjustable swing arm, black enamel handle and base, Robert Sonneman, 53 x 22 x 10 inches, $270.

Furniture, deskrococo style, burl walnut, openwork and inlaid lyre, two sides, extendable brass candlesticks, carved pedestal base, tripod, Continental, 48 x 16 ½ inches, $340.

tramp artchest, four drawers, locks, carved chips, round finials, four-legged, includes key, miniature, 20th century, 19½ x 14½ x 9 inches, $500.

Woodcarving, sugar, lid, painted, red ground, leaves and flowers, pedestal leg, round tiered base, Lehnware, 5 inch, $565.

Picture, appliqué, bird on branch, leaves, fruit, multicolored, fabric, frame, Victorian, 24 x 20 ¾ inches, $640.

Porcelain brush holder, Famille Rose decor, tiger, head turned, roaring, mountain landscape, painted, character marks on reverse, artist’s seals, Chinese, 7 ½ x 8 inches, $985.

Silver tea service, embossed foliage, teapot, coffee pot, sugar bowl and creamer, trash can, four-legged oval tray, marked A. Torres Vega, Mexico, tray 70 x 43 cm, $3,750.

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