Q: I bought this antique spice cabinet at the estate sale of my mother's best friend, who was an avid antiques collector. The cabinet is wooden. Behind the center door there are two small shelves with large holes in them, obviously meant to hold bottles of flavoring. The clock face, door inset, and drawers are glazed ceramic. Can you tell me where this spice cabinet was made, how old it is, and the value?
A: Your spice cabinet was probably made in the Netherlands. The words on the front of the large drawers are Dutch for coffee (koffie), flour (meel), rice (rijst), sugar (suiker), tea (thee) and vermicelli, a type of pasta. The smaller drawers have labels for various spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, and other spices. Value, $300.