The Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone watch features the world’s 24 time zones. Escale (“stopover” in French) was created to appeal to the world traveler not only with the time zones, but with the colorful flags of the world represented on the watch’s face. The images of the flags also link the contemporary wristwatches to earlier days of Louis Vuitton, when travelers could customize their LV luggage with flags of the countries where they traveled.
This watch was introduced in 2010, and there is still an Escale line. Louis Vuitton’s annual designs include a resort collection also called Escale.
Q: One of my most vivid memories is walking into our kitchen and watching my mom make coffee with a glass coffee percolator. Watching the water bubble up through a center tube and drip over grounds to become coffee was amazing. I saw one at a flea market called a Pyrex Flameware coffee percolator. Are old coffeemakers valuable collectibles?
A: Coffee never goes out of style, and while coffeemakers have progressed beyond the percolators, the older pots are becoming popular again. The 6-cup clear glass Pyrex Flameware example was found in most kitchens in the 1960s. It took about 15 minutes to make a pot, compared to the 2-minute cup of coffee from a Keurig today. These pots came with many pieces. Complete pots sell from $40 to $150.
Q: I have a very old Hudson Bay blanket that I used at camp over 50 years ago. I know it’s old because it has only one colored stripe. The new blankets have five or more colored stripes, and I was told that the number of stripes tells the age. It is in almost perfect condition. What is it worth?
A: The stripes were used to tell the size, not the age. Each stripe represented the size of the blanket. These wool blankets were originally traded for beaver pelts. Hudson Bay Company was a fur-trading post incorporated in 1670. A new blanket sells for about $300. Early blankets sell for more to collectors.
Q: My grandmother and mother were both talented pianists. Both are gone now, but I still have a case full of old sheet music. It is in terrible shape, but I’m curious about its collectibility.
A: Sheet music published after the 1820s with interesting graphics is the most collectible. Its value is determined by age, popularity, rarity, condition, fame of artist and category. Pictures of special categories like automobiles or political events bring more money than earlier, more artistic covers. You can date sheet music by the copyright date, which was required after 1871. But be aware that sheet music was printed long after the copyright year engraved on the original printing plates. It sounds like your sheet music is not in good shape. To be valuable, it should be in good condition with all pages intact and not trimmed to store in piano benches.
Q: I have a pair of gold-tone costume jewelry earrings that I love even though they are not real gold. A small green spot has appeared on each one where the post attaches. Can the spots be removed? Are the earrings still safe to wear?
A: The green spots, called verdigris (or, less formally, “green gunk”), are a patina that can form on copper, bronze, brass and gold or silver plate. You can clean it off your earrings and continue wearing them. You can try removing small spots with a toothpick, soft-bristled toothbrush, pencil eraser or microfiber cloth. If you need something stronger, mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent with warm water and use this to clean your jewelry. If your earrings don’t have pearls or foil-backed rhinestones, you can dilute white vinegar or lemon juice in water, soak a cotton ball in the solution, and hold it to the green spot. Or apply ketchup to the spot; it is acidic, and its thick consistency means it won’t run like a liquid. But be careful when you use acids to clean jewelry! They can discolor gold-tone metals, damage pearls (both real and fake) and foil-backed stones, and weaken some glues. To keep verdigris from forming, store your pieces separately, avoid exposing them to moisture, oils and cosmetics, and make sure your skin is clean and dry when you wear them.
TIP: Use eyeglass-cleaning tissues to clean the glass on small pictures.
On the block
Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.
Advertising tray, Rock Spring Water, Sparkling, image of green bottle in front of a diamond, white ground, raised red border with Ginger Ale, White Soda, Black Jack and Kola, 1930s-1940s, 12 inches diameter, $40.
Blown-glass bowl, cobalt blue, flared-out sides, short rounded foot, Millville Glass Works, N.J., circa 1890, 9⅜ by 7½ inches, $125.
Photograph, Civil War lieutenant, albumen, hand colored, nine-button frock coat, officer’s sash, belt with sword, oval, frame, 12 by 9½ inches, $240.
Pair of terra-cotta planters, neoclassical style, rectangular, bulbous sides with raised panels, acanthus leaf corners, flared rim with molded egg and dart border, metal liner, circa 1930, 13 by 24¾ by 15¾ inches, pair, $475.
Jewelry, cameo, two profile portraits, personifications of Day & Night, symbols, shell, oval 9K gold frame with engraved scrolls, scalloped edge, Victorian, circa 1870, 1 3/4 by 2 inches, $500.
Toy, Space Man, Colonel Hap Hazard, white space suit with NASA logo, red trim, walks, spinning antenna with red and green lights on top, battery operated, Louis Marx & Co., 2 inches, $755.
Coin-operated machine, vending, Gumballs, Be An E-Z Winner, Only 5 Cents, Deposit Nickels Only, signs inside glass globe, painted cast-iron base, marquee holder on top, early 1900s, 18¾ by 8 inches, $885.
Pottery charger, stylized equestrian woman, on prancing horse, fence in background, dark outlines on tan glazed ground, marked “Viktor Schreckengost and Cowan Pottery,” circa 1931, 11 inches, $1,250.
Wedgwood bowl, Fairyland Lustre, forest scene with fairies inside and outside, glazed and gilt porcelain, flared shape, marked “Wedgwood, England,” circa 1920, 3½ by 8 inches, $2,500.
Furniture, sofa, Alle, Nanna Ditzel, walnut, grayish tan upholstery, curved back, dipped in the center, seven tufted buttons, covered arms, attached seat cushion, exposed squared legs, S.C. Sorensen, Denmark, circa 1950, 32 by 52 by 29 inches, $3,750.