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Clock took telling time to new level

A Pillar and Scroll clock is easy to identify. It fits on a shelf, mantel or table. The clock is named for the small pillars on the front corners of the clock and the scroll design at its top.

The first clock with this design is credited to clock manufacturer Eli Terry of Plymouth, Conn. Before 1800, clocks were made by hand. Terry used machines to manufacture the first mass-produced, inexpensive clocks. By the early 1800s, Terry was able to make thousands of clocks a month and sell them at a low price.

The Terry shelf clock patented in 1816 was redesigned into his 30-hour Pillar and Scroll clock. It sold for $15. Many other Connecticut makers soon made similar clocks. By 1840 these smaller, more affordable shelf clocks replaced the Pennsylvania tall clock (grandfather clock) in many American households.

Airline Chief Flexible Flyer

I found an old Flexible Flyer sled at an estate sale. It looks as though it was hardly used. The middle wooden slat on the top has the Flexible Flyer eagle-and-arrow trademark and a small red oval surrounding the words "Super Steering." On the bottom of the middle slat, the sled is identified as a "No. 55H Airline Chief." It also says it was made by S.L. Allen & Co. of Philadelphia. Can you tell me when the sled was made and what it's worth?

Flexible Flyers were the nation's first steerable sleds. Their design was patented in 1889 by Samuel Leeds Allen, who lived on a farm in New Jersey. Allen already owned the S.L. Allen Planet Jr. Co., which manufactured farm and garden equipment. The company branched out into making sleds. The Airline Chief model was introduced in 1935, but the letter H was not added to the model number until 1950. So, your sled was made after 1950. Today it would sell for $25 to $50.

Scarf is 1936 Olympics souvenir

I have a multicolored scarf about 24 inches square that appears to be an Olympics souvenir. The border is a design of flags of 48 different countries and includes a Nazi swastika flag. On each corner inside the border, there is an Olympics ring insignia. The fabric might be rayon. What can you tell me?

Your scarf is a souvenir of the 1936 games in Nazi Germany. Commemorative Olympic scarves from the 1936 games, held in Berlin, came in at least two other sizes. A slightly smaller one than yours was recently offered for $125.

"Restaurant china' platter

For years, my family has owned a meat platter that's a mystery. The ceramic dish is white with a scalloped edge and a reddish line around the inside of the rim. The only decoration on it is one small silhouette on the border in the same reddish color. The silhouette includes three figures: a baker wearing a chef's hat, a sitting dog and a boy. I visit shops and flea markets all over and have never seen this pattern. The mark on the back is: "8-HH, Syracuse China, USA."

Your platter is "restaurant china," originally made for a Howard Johnson restaurant. Thanks to Syracuse China's coded system of marks, we can tell you that the 8 stands for August and the HH for 1953. So, your Syracuse China platter was manufactured in August 1953 by Onondaga Pottery Co. of Syracuse, N.Y. "Syracuse China" was a trade name used by Onondaga; the company took the trade name as its corporate name in 1966. The silhouette on your platter is a Howard Johnson trademark, Simple Simon and the Pieman. The logo was designed in 1949.

"Official' guitar

Back in the mid 1950s, my parents gave me an "official" Walt Disney Davy Crockett guitar. I also have the original songbook and guitar box, which has a drawing of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett. The guitar has its original strings and no defects. What is it worth?

The TV character Davy Crockett was introduced in 1954 in three episodes of Disneyland, the first Walt Disney TV series. Additional episodes were produced when the character proved to be popular with both children and adults. Your child-sized guitar was made between 1955 and 1958 by Peter Puppet Playthings of Brooklyn, N.Y. Today it sells for $225 or more.

Abrams Columbia zither

I have an Abrams Columbia zither with a patent date of May 29, 1894. It's mostly black, with an eagle in the top corner. Does it have any value?

American zithers are not sophisticated instruments. They were mass-produced around the turn of the 20th century and were sold at stores and in the Sears catalog. They were designed to be played by nonmusicians. Your zither would not sell for much more than $10 or $20, unless it's in mint condition.

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.

+ Miller High Life beer can, flat, rolled, 1940s, $30.

+ Staffordshire-style dog bookends, white, black ears and spots, gold collars, ceramic, 1950s, 5{ inches, $75.

+ Imari charger, tomato red on white scrolls border, birds, snails, butterflies and mums, cobalt boat in center, 12 inches, $115.

+ Orange Crush calendar, red-haired girl with book, 1947, 15 by 30 inches, $335.

+ Paint Your Own Beatle Kit, Beatles paint by numbers, Artistic Creations, 1960s, $485.

+ Toy, auto with luggage rack and chauffeur, orange and black, made by G&K, Germany, windup, 1910, 7 inches, $550.

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