Toilet set is worth $365+

December 16, 1990|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I am sending a picture of an eight-piece toilet set in mint condition. I bought it at an estate sale in 1978. Each piece is marked "W.E.P. Co." Any information on pattern, company and value would be very helpful.

A: Your toilet set was made by the West End Pottery Co. in East Liverpool, Ohio, between 1905 and 1910. The name of the pattern is "Cuban." The complete set would probably sell for about $365 to $385.

Q: Can you tell me anything about a hand-painted hatpin holder that is marked Nippon? It is decorated with lilacs against a pale green background and trimmed with gold. It is 3 inches in diameter and 5 1/2 inches tall.

A: Nippon is the phonetic Japanese word for Japan. Your hatpin holder was made between 1900 and 1920; it would probably sell for about $75 to $85.

Q: The enclosed mark is on the back of a 9-inch Kewpie doll that is made of some kind of plastic. Can you tell me anything about the age and value of this keepsake?

A: Your vinyl Kewpie was imported from Germany by the Cameo Doll Co. in New York. It probably dates back to about 1930 and would sell for about $125 to $135.

Send your questions about antiques with pic-ture(s), a detailed description, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and $1 per item to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556. All questions will be answered but published pictures cannot be returned. Mr. McCollam is a member of the Antique Appraisers Association of America.

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