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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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 mike@mikesgen­er­al­, and put “Free Press” in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd.,

Win­nipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

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