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Maps and globes made in the 18th and 19th centuries are becoming more popular with collectors. Perhaps it is because the boundaries for so many countries have changed.

The first printed maps in England were made in 1573 by Christopher Saxton. He produced an atlas with 37 county maps and a large country map. The maps were sold as a set in an atlas or as single sheets.

During the past 150 years most of the atlases were cut apart so the individual maps could be framed and sold. Therefore, a complete original atlas is now worth more than $500,000.

The maps were reissued several times. Experts can date the copies by the minor changes in dates, names and details.

Early maps often were embellished with decorative borders and pictures that add to collector interest.

World globes were used in England by the 16th century but they were not fashionable until the 18th century. Many globes were made in pairs: a terrestrial one showing the countries and oceans, and a celestial one showing the position of the stars.

An interesting and rare pocket globe recently was sold at Skinner's Auction Gallery in Boston. The 3-inch-diameter globe came with an imitation fish-skin case. It was made in the 19th century, but the globe was based on a 1731 example by R. Cashee. It sold for $2,990.

If 19th century globes are too expensive for you, look for the metal or plastic globes made in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Shops sell ordinary metal globes for about $50 to $400. Those with internal lights usually sell for more.

Porcelain piece

Question: I have a highly decorated plate with a man and women in the center and gold filigree around the edges. The back is marked with a crown over the initials "CM" in a shield, with "18" on one side and "14" on the other. Underneath are the words "Hutschenreuther Hohenberg Germany." What can you tell me about it?

Answer: The Porcelain Factory of C.M. Hutschenreuther worked in Hohenberg, Germany, in a part of Bavaria, from 1814 to 1969. It made household, hotel and decorative porcelain, figurines and gifts. The mark you describe was used between 1950 and 1963.

Japanese lamp

Question: I have an 8-inch-high lamp that is marked "Made in Occupied Japan." Mounted on the base is a pair of figures dressed in Colonial-era clothing. The woman is playing the piano, while the man listens. What's it worth?

Answer: Figural lamps are the most common Occupied Japan lamps. Your lamp is worth about $85.

Current prices

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.

Glass, Locomotive 1028 candy container: $60.

Burma Shave sign, "Bearded Lady Tried a Jar, Now She's a Movie Star," 1950s, 22 x 12 inches: $80.

Orphan Annie doll, molded, painted composition head and arms, cloth body and legs, original outfit, marked "Famous Artists Synd.," 1930s, 14{ inches: $95.

Valentina black straw cookie hat, with black crepe chin tie, 1950s: $115.

Big Boy doll, Dakin, copyright 1970, 8{ inches: $180.

Send questions to: Antiques, Ralph and Terry Kovel, c/o the Times, P.O. Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122. Questions of general interest will be answered here.