Q: Where can I get the book on Weller Pottery in color and with a price guide? A: Write Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009. Paducah, Kentucky 42000. There's a new book, all in color with the price guide. Q: I'm trying to locate a posy holder, a colonial bouquet. Can you help? A: I haven't seen one in years. Contact the better dealers in your area or write the magazine Silver, in care of Beulah Hodgson, 840 SW King Street. Portland, Oregan 79205. She may be able to refer you in the right direction. Q: Is it possible to get lead poisoning from paint on hand-painted dishes? A: Not unless you eat all the paint from all your dishes. Q: Can you give me any information on a bowl marked with a green wreath and tree, a red star and "R.S. Prussia" written in red? A: It's one of the most desirable porcelains made in Germany in the Tillowitz area from 1869 through the early 1900s. The value of a single bowl would be from $150 up. Q: What do you know about Royal Derby china from Japan? A: About all that is known is that this china was made between 1919 and 1939. It's a copy of the royal Crown Derby from England and cheap by comparison. Q: I need to purchase an old pie safe. How will I know the difference between old and new? A: Look at the tin on the pie safe you suspect as new and see if it's slightly corroded. Also, the designs in the pierced tin of the new ones are less decorative than the old. And the wood also has none of the old patina. Q: We have been given a long, smooth pole called a bed pole. Can you identify? A: It was a pole used for smoothing feather beds. Q: What was the purpose of an algate hole at the sides of fireplaces? A: It was a small recess in the wall next to the fireplace to held such items as tinder, matches and tobacco. It first appeared in the early 17th century. Q: Why is some furniture referred to as country furniture? A: Many pieces of furniture were made on the farm using any available wood. Sometimes as many as five woods would be used in a single piece. It is considered primitive now and fetching high prices. Q: What can you tell me about a bowl with the word Nippon hand-painted in a circle and made in Japan? A: It would have been made about the time of 1885 to 1920 and was hand-painted in the factory in Japan before it went on its way. It is good. Q: We have some beautifully carved chairs made in Jamestown. That is the only marking. Can you identify? A: They would have been made in the Jamestown, New York, area, possibly in the 1865 to 1895 period. They are high-priced. Q: What does the term Standish mean? A: It referres to the inkstand formed from a rectangular plate on four feet with a carved front and a ledge with drawers underneath for quills and pens. It's rare and expensive. Q: Can you tell where we can find the brass stirrups used in Columbia and South America? A: I don't think they are available anywhere in the United States. You might try to have someone who is going to South America or southern Mexico pick some up for you. The stirrups were used in the days of the Spanish invasion of the New World. There are reproductions of them in some of the catalogues. Try Downs from Peoria, Illinois, or Neiman-Marcus in Dallas.