Antique spoons guarded old-time mustaches - AZCentral.com
Question: While dividing my mom’s sterling-silver flatware, my sister and I found a spoon that has us baffled. We assume it is some sort of serving piece but don’t know why it has the ridge across the top. Can you help us?
— Stephanie, Phoenix
Answer: It is apparent that neither you nor your sister has a mustache. What you have is a mustache spoon, a cousin to the mustache cup. The spoon, much rarer than the cups, is a real find. I occasionally see sterling mustache spoons in Phoenix shops with most selling in the $75-$150 range.
Q: I have some older Coca-Cola items that I showed to a dealer. I didn’t think his offer was fair and decided to contact you for advice. Do you know an honest antiques dealer in the Phoenix area, and how is the best way to sell my collectibles so that I get a good price?
— Tim, Apache Junction
A: I am like Santa Claus in that I know who is naughty and nice in the antiques and collectibles business in our region. Most dealers I have encountered are honest, competent people. Keep in mind, a dealer can’t offer you top dollar for an item if he expects to sell it and still make a profit. Show your Coca-Cola items to several dealers to see if the offers are similar.