Hummel figure may be worth $5,000


December 22, 1991|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: The enclosed picture is of one of the early Hummels. It is No. 131, called "Advent Group." I believe it was made between 1923 and 1935. It has the original Goebel Crown Mark. The figure on the right has a very tiny chip on the underside of the pinky finger. My question is, what is the current price?

A: This is the Hummel candleholder No. 113, "Heavenly Song." (The "Advent Group" has one black child). The Goebel Crown Mark was used on Hummels from 1935 to 1942. This would sell for about $5,000 in good condition. It is impossible for me to assess the diminished value because of damage.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a 14-inch porcelain punch bowl. It has four small feet and is decorated all over with grape clusters and leafy grape vines. Please tell me what you can about its history and origin. I would also like to know what the value is.

A: This mark was used by Heinrich & Co. in Selb, Germany, from 1905 to 1907. Your punch bowl would probably sell for at least $300 in an antique shop.

Q: Can you tell me anything about a bronze box with a hinged lid? There is a nude figure on the lid, and the sides have scenes of golf, tennis, football, etc. The box measures 6 inches wide, 7 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep.

A: Your description suggests an art deco box of the 1920s. It might sell for as much as $200; it is impossible to be sure without a picture.

Q: Can you give me some information about a plate that has a picture of a man with a beard wearing a military uniform? Underneath it says "H. M. George V."

A: Your plate was issued to commemorate the coronation of King George V of England in 1911. It would probably sell for about $65 to $85.

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