Q: Can you give me any information on silver Christmas ornaments produced as limited editions? Are there any sources or associations?
A: Among the most valuable of such silver-plated ornaments is Wallace Silversmiths' "Sleigh Bell," produced in 1971 for $12.95 and now worth $1,000. Other editions of the "Sleigh Bell" are worth $25 to $400. The 1991 "Sleigh Bell" is embossed with a poinsettia and costs $25. Write to Wallace Silversmiths, 175 McClellan Highway, Box 9114, East Boston, Mass. 02128-9114, or call (617) 561-2200. Other valuable limited edition silver ornaments include sterling 12 Days of Christmas medallions produced from 1971 to 1982 by Towle Silversmiths; the first edition, issued at $20, has a current value of $700. For information about current editions, write to Towle Silversmiths in care of Karen Daly, 144 Addison St., Boston, Mass. 02128, or phone (617) 561-2200. Reed & Barton's "Christmas Cross" was first issued in 1971 for $10 and now is worth $300; for information about current editions (including the 1991 sterling "Christmas Cross" issued at $40) write to Reed & Barton, 144 W. Britannia St., Taunton, Mass. 02780, or call (508) 824-6611.
The "Collectors' Information Bureau's Collectibles Market Guide & Price Index for Limited Edition Plates, Figurines, Bells, Graphics, Ornaments, and Dolls" is available for $22.45 postpaid from Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1 Chilton Way, Radnor, Pa. 19089-0230, phone (800) 695-1214. The book also lists collector clubs and contains information on artists and manufacturers.