German figurine could be worth $125 or more


December 30, 1990|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: This figurine was given to me by a relative who purchased it in Germany during World War II. It is marked on the bottom "NP" over "Neutettau." Could you tell me if this figurine has any value?

A: Your figurine was made in Tettau, Germany, by the New Porcelain factory between 1935 and 1948. It would probably sell for $125 to $135.

Q: I have a 10-inch pressed glass bowl with this mark on the bottom; the pattern has been identified as "Panelled Thistle." Can you tell me anything about the origin and value of this bowl?

A: This pattern was introduced by the J. B. Higbee Glass Co. in Bridgeville, Pa., about 1910. It was also made by the Jefferson Glass Co. in Canada. Your bowl has the Higbee mark and would probably sell for $35 to $45.

Q: What can you tell me about my old camera? It takes 4-by-5-inch sheet film; it is marked "B. & J." and has a Graflex electronic flash. The lens is f4.5 Wollensak with one second to 1/200 second shutter.

A: Your camera was marketed by the Burke & James Co. in the mid-20th century. It would sell for about $100 including the flash.

Q: I have a regimental stein with a mounted knight on the pewter lid and another mounted knight on the side of the stein. The auctioneer said it was a Hohr-Grenzhausen stein over 100 years old. I paid $565 for it. How did I do?

A: Hohr-Grenzhausen is a town in Germany where several potters made steins. Assuming everything the auctioneer said is true, your stein should be worth at least what you paid for it.

Q: I would appreciate any information you can provide about a ceramic figurine marked "WW-Made in Austria." It is a girl sitting on a rock with a drape around her hips and legs. The figure is 6 1/2 inches tall.

A: "WW" stands for Vienna Workshop, a studio in Vienna that produced all aspects of the fine arts during the early 20th century. Figurines similar to yours have sold in the $800 to $900 range.

Q: Are old brass bird cages valuable? I have a typical brass wire cage marked "Hendrix." Can you tell me anything about it?

A: Your bird cage was made in the United States about 1900. Most cages like this sell in the $75 to $100 range. Very elaborate cages sell for over $1,000.

Q: I found an old stoneware crock marked with a picture of two leaves and "Red Wing Union Stoneware." Can you tell me when this was made and what it might sell for?

A: This mark was used on machine-made stoneware during the early 1900s. It would probably sell for $50 to $60 in most antique shops.

Q: What would be a fair price to pay for a cup and saucer depicting the New York Central Mercury train? The back stamp says "Syracuse China."

A: All items relating to railroads are collectible; the Mercury cup and saucer made in Syracuse, N.Y., would sell in an antique shop for about $50. Anything less would be considered a bargain.

Q: I have an original Mickey Mouse wristwatch from the early 1930s. Can you tell me how much it is worth?

A: The original was made by Ingersoll and the movement was marked "July 18, Nov. 14, 1922." That applies to the movement -- not the Mickey Mouse style. If you really have one of the original watches, it is worth at least $400 in good condition.

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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