Q. What is the true meaning of a davenport ? A. The only application of the name in antiques is a type of desk with sloping front. Q: I have a small vase with birds in raised form and the name of Verlys on it. Explain ? A: Verlys was a product of the Heisey Glass Co. in Newark, Ohio. It was copied from Verlys in France, and is one of America's most beautiful glasses, circas 1845 to 1955. Q: What is meant by the term champleve ? A: It was enameling on cut or engraved metal like cloisonne from China. Q: How can we go about buying antiques collectibles on a small budget ? A: First read at least one price guide on antiques. Then go to house sales, flea markets and antique shows. Chances are you will find something of interest. Then buy collectibles. They will rise in value eventually. Q: Where did the Blue Willow patter originate ? A: This famous pattern originated in the Canton and Nanking potter and porcelain factories in the early 17th century. Other countries copied the Chinese patter, changing the picture somewhat. The original is in blue and white. Q: What is a spool salt ? A: It was a salt dip made by the sandwich Glass Co. in the 1830s. It was shaped to resemble a flattened hourglass. Q. My mother left me a parure. It looks like a set of jewelry to me. Explain ? A. It is a full set of matching jewelry, usually carved, and expensive now. If yours is like this, you have a choice set. Q. What information is there on a cruciform mold glass candlestick ? A. They were first made by the Sandwich Glass Co. in Massachusetts and have been copied by Imperial Glass and Westmoreland since the early 1900s. They aren't easy to find. Q. We have a wool woven coverlet in full size with colors of red, green and off-white. The date is 1841. Could you give any value range for this ? A. Coverlets in fine condition would range-between $450 and $700. They are becoming scarce because they are all collected. Q. We have what is called Lustral Ware. Can you tell us where it originated ? A. It was decorative wire work from the Lustural Works owned by the Woods and Sherman Co. in Lowell, Massachusetts. Popular in the early 1800s, the pieces were used for fruit and egg baskets, holders for plants and containers for the sewing in the household. They can still be found. Q. In a history of floor coverings, we found the term Macauley carpet, but no explanation. What is it ? A. It is a painted floor using patterns designed by the Isaac McCauley Wall Covering Co. of Philadelphia in the 1820s.