By: Carolyn Patten

Today’s items from our readers offer a good look at how quality, rarity and hand-crafting affect the value of collectibles. The general categories of glass and china have seen significant price declines in the past decade, and the cranberry glass centerpiece is a good example of that. It comes from the Victorian era, and cranberry glass — with its fussy details and dated style — misses the mark for today’s collectors. The Japanese porcelain vase, however, was made by a company that has produced classically styled, high quality objects for more than 100 years. It has kept its value.

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