Vintage Fruit Jars


Q: At a farm sale earlier this summer, I bought several older fruit jars. One is especially interesting. It is a “Leader” jar with glass lid and wire bail. It is a quart-size jar and is olive green in color. Even though I have several vintage fruit jars, I have not seen another one like it. I paid $25 for the jar. — Melissa, Covington, La.

A: Bill Schroeder wrote what I think is one of the best references in this field of collecting, “1000 Fruit Jars Priced and Illustrated” published by Collector Books. I found your jar in this guide, and according to Schroeder it is extremely rare. How rare? He believes it is worth about $1,000. The olive green jar is extremely desirable and you obviously got quite a bargain.

Q: I have a large decorative bowl marked “Amphora.” I have not been able to find the company listed in any of my reference books. — Jonathan, Wheaton, Ill.

A: The Amphora Porcelain Works was one of several pottery companies that operated in the Teplitz-Turn region of Bohemia during the late 19th and early 20th century. Prior to World War I, Bohemia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Art pottery identified with this mark is collectible and sometimes can be quite expensive. It would not surprise me if your bowl is worth several hundred dollars, especially if it is in good condition.

Q: I purchased an old candlestick Western Electric telephone at a garage sale. I would like to restore it so I can actually use it. Do you have any suggestions? — Phil, Albuquerque, N.M.

A: Ron Knappen buys, sells and refurbishes old telephones, and he might be able to help you. He carries an impressive inventory of old and new parts. Contact is Phoneco, Inc., 19813 E. Mill Road, P.O. Box 70, Galesville, WI 54630;

Q: I have a Charlie McCarthy “Game of Topper,” which originally belonged to my dad. Is it worth keeping? — Henry, Arkadelphia, Ark.

A: The board game you have was made in 1938 by Whitman and Company and is worth about $45. This assumes it is complete and in reasonable condition.

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By Larry Cox

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