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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 on one side that commemorates the Canadian Pacific Railway station on Higgins Street. 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, 6 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@mikesgeneralstore.com, and put "Free Press" in subject line, or write to Mike's Appraisals, 52 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 8, 2014 G3

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