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Fiesta dinnerware is a colorful collectible

My mom had several pieces of Fiesta. One of the more unusual pieces is a 8-inch vase in turquoise. I have not been able to find it in the Fiesta price guide I have. Can you help me? — Sam, Fort Worth, Texas

The 8-inch vase was produced for about a decade and was discontinued in 1948. Your vase is either marked “Fiesta HLC USA” or “Fiesta Made in USA.” I found your vase referenced in Fiesta, by Glen Victorey and published by Krause Books. According to Victorey, your vase is valued in the $600 to $650 range.

I have a hand-cranked Handel Webster pencil sharpener in working condition. I have been offered $75 for it by a dealer. Can you tell me what it is worth? — Walter, Haines City, Fla.

An antique dealer generally offers about half of what he or she thinks they can sell an item for full retail. That leads me to believe your pencil sharpener is probably worth more, perhaps as much as $150. Remember, this is just my educated guess, not an appraisal. A free appraisal is worth what you pay for it.

I have a World War I uniform in perfect condition. I have the campaign hat, gas mask and other accessory pieces. Whom do you suggest I contact to determine its value? — Norm, Jerseyville, Ill.

Although there are dozens of excellent shops that specialize in military memorabilia, one of the better ones is “History by George” in Mesa, Ariz. George Notarpole is the owner and an expert in this field of collecting. He can help you determine the value of your uniform. Contact is 129 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201;

I have a porcelain plate commemorating the 56th annual convention of the National Association of Postmasters held in Florida in 1960. How much is it worth? — Judy, Ronceverte, W.Va.

I could not find your particular plate in any of my references, but I have seen similar ones selling in the $10 to $20 range. A postal collector might pay slightly more.

Write to Larry Cox in care of KFWS, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox cannot personally answer all reader questions nor does he do appraisals. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.

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