Author Archives: Karen Waterman


Trash or treasure: message in a bottle

Q. I came across this blue bottle that was most likely dug up in Newport. I am most curious about what it is and where it is from. The bottle is in near-perfect condition. Is it worth anything? A. Your blue bottle is a seltzer or soda bottle from the early 1900’s. It is most


Attic yields ‘GPS’ of yesteryear

Q. I have this old compass I found in my dad’s attic. It is in a 6” square wood box. It is marked “Kelvin White Boston”. Can you tell me something about it and if it is worth anything? A. What you have is called a dry mariner’s compass. The dry mariner’s compass has been


What is ‘Blue Willow?’

This familiar pattern was first designed by Thomas Minton in England around 1780. It is the most famous china pattern in the world, and the longest continually produced pattern in history. The willow pattern has its roots in China and is most often seen in blue and white.It was and continues to be made by


Shaving mugs and vintage silver

Q. My great uncle collected shaving mugs. Some have pictures of cars on them; some just have names elaborately painted on them. Markings on the bottoms include “Felda China Germany,” Royal China International and T &V Limoges. Could you tell me anything about them and what they may be worth? A. Shaving mugs, made in


Made in Japan

Q. I inherited this serving set. My father was in the Navy and stationed in Japan during the 1950’s and may have bought it there. It is marked “Hand Painted Kutani Yamazaki.” Underneath it is stamped “Made in Japan.” How old is it and what is it worth? A. Your “Lazy Susan Set” or “relish