Q. This is a photo of a metal die-cast pink-and-white toy car that I have. It is a 1955 Ford Fairlane convertible model. The doors, hood and trunk all can be opened; the tires are rubber; it is a 1:18 scale model; and the steering wheel turns the wheels. It measures 11 inches long by 3 1/4 inches high by 5 inches wide. Although I don't have the original box, the car is in perfect condition. Marked on the side are the words "Ford Fairlane -- Crown Victoria." Marked on the bottom are the words "Road Tough -- Made in China -- 92138.'
What can you tell me about my car?
A. Road Tough has made metal die-cast cars in China for around 30 years. It produced Fords, Chryslers and several other makes. Crown Victoria is the name of one of Ford cars that was introduced in 1955 and retired in 2011. For a time, Crown Victoria models were used as police-fleet cars. The number "92138" is a Road Tough model number. The convertible is also known as the Sunliner.
Your toy car was made around 1990 and would probably be worth $25 to $75.
Q. Enclosed is a photo of the mark that is on the bottom of a white ironstone tureen that I have. The overall measurements are 9 inches long by 6 inches tall. The lid is the original, and there are handles on each side of the bowl. It has been passed down in our family since sometime in the 1800s. Our grandmother always served her potato soup in it. We are not sure how old it really is and don't know anything about its history. Over the years, it has been used on special occasions, and it is in remarkably good condition.
Anything you can tell us about the maker, age and value of our tureen will be greatly appreciated.
A. Edward Clarke and Co. made your tureen. It was located in Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, from 1865 to 1877. The mark you enclosed was used on white granite (ironstone) ware that was made for the United States market. The stars-and-stripes shield in the mark represents the United States; the shield is the royal arms of the United Kingdom. "Opaque Porcelaine" indicates the ware is made of white granite.
Your tureen was made between 1865 and 1877. It would probably be worth $125 to $150.
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