I have a match safe with cigar cutter that originally belonged to my great-grandfather. It is probably from the 1880s or ‘90s. It is brass with the figure of a horse as part of its design. What can you tell me about match safes, and are they collectible? — Steve, Irvine, California
Match safes were used to carry matches during the last half of the 10th century and until about 1920, when cigarette lighters became commonplace. The fact that your safe includes a cigar cutter makes it especially interesting. After checking eBay and several references, I think your match safe could be valued in the $150-$250 range.
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I have an old paper recording by Rudy Vallee with his picture on the blank side. Is it worth much? — Donna, Wiers Beach, New Hampshire
Your record was issued by Hit of the Week and was sold at news stands beside the latest copies of Liberty, Saturday Evening Post and Punch. The recordings, which featured such popular entertainers as Eddie Cantor and Duke Ellington, sold for about 10 cents, making them extremely affordable.
Your Rudy Vallee recording is worth about $5 in good playable condition. Incidentally, the main drawback of these products is that they had a tendency to curl.
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We have several Lee Reynolds oils that we acquired when we purchased our home. Any idea of values? — M.M., via e-mail
Since I was not familiar with Lee Reynolds or his work, I looked for him in one of my favorite reference books about art, Hislop’s Official International Price Guide to Fine Art, edited by Duncan Hislop and published by House of Collectibles. He isn’t listed. I next contacted two dealers, and they knew nothing about him either. You might contact your nearest art museum. I suspect Reynolds was either an amateur or regional artist.
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I have a collection of Possible Dreams that I would like to sell. — Bill, via e-mail
Possible Dreams is a line of colorful clothtique Santas and other holiday figurines. Unfortunately, the secondary market is stagnant and they are almost impossible to sell. I suggest you try and sell your collection on eBay.
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Which Dog to Pick?
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I’d like to adopt a dog that is family-friendly, one that my two kids can grow up with. A beautiful golden retriever is up for adoption at our local shelter, but even though friends have told me she will probably be a perfect dog for us, I have my doubts after meeting her. Should I adopt this dog anyway? — Doug H., Houston
DEAR DOUG: When bringing any dog home, there’s always a risk that despite all of your homework,
despite knowing as much as you can about a particular breed and even about a particular dog, things will not go as expected.
Many experienced dog owners know this, and quite a few accept that chance and just roll with unexpected behavior or temperament issues.
However, you’re looking for a dog that has a good temperament around children. Retrievers — particularly Labrador and golden — tend to be great family dogs that socialize well with kids and other pets. It’s a big reason why Labradors were the most popular breed in the U.S. in 2015, and goldens were No. 3 — a rank both have held for at least three years, according to the American Kennel Club.
But every dog has its own personality and temperament as well. A number of factors can affect a dog’s behavior, and shelter dogs in particular can have traumas, such as being abandoned or abused, that change how they react to people and situations.
In this case, follow your gut instinct. If the shelter allows you to take the dog home for a few days as a trial, consider doing that. Otherwise, if you are unsure about this particular dog, you may want to keep looking.
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The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like,
and do what you’d rather not.
When one has tasted watermelon
he knows what the angels eat.