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I AM hoping you can refer me to someone to evaluate this item that was handed down within the family. My grandmother left me a note stating it was from the Hotel Fort Garry. She thought it was from the early 1900s and could be worth $250. Any help or information you can give me would be very appreciated. Thank you, Jane N. Winnipeg
Dear Jane, You have a souvenir stein that commemorates the Canadian Pacific Railway station on Higgins Street on one side. The other side depicts the Fort Garry Gate, on Main Street. If it came from a hotel, it would have come from the Royal Alexandra, which was a CPR hotel on Higgins Street and Main Street that was demolished in 1971. Your stein, which is approximately, six inches (15 centimetres) tall, has a lot of crazing — cracks in the glaze of the china. In today’s market it would sell for $125 to $150. Mike Huen is an antique dealer and owner of Mike’s General Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item appraised, please include a photo with your question. Email questions to email@example.com, and put “Free Press” in subject line, or write to Mike’s Appraisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd.,
Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.