Elvis memorabilia include bisque doll dressed in leather


July 12, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I collect Elvis Presley memorabilia. I understand there's going to be a new doll of the young Elvis. Can you tell me anything about it?

A: "Elvis -- The '68 Comeback Special," a limited-edition, 16-inch-high doll of bisque by artist Lia De Leo, is dressed in a skin-tight black leather outfit as he appeared on the 1968 TV special. The doll is authorized by the Presley estate and is $99.95 at Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears, 7550 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60648, (312) 594-1540; add $4 if you want it shipped. Or phone the doll's distributor, the Ashton-Drake Galleries, at (800) 634-5164 for information.

Q: How can I check out the value of some old July Fourth picture postcards, and how can I contact collectors?

A: Contact collector Rick Fuith, 5429 N. Linder Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60630. Enclose a photo or photocopy of the piece or pieces and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer. Information on old postcards can be found in the weekly Barr's Post Card News, $29 a year, or $2 a copy, from 70 S. 6th St., Lansing, Iowa 52151, (800) 397-0145.

Q: Where can I get two diamonds replaced in an antique cuff bracelet?

A: To have missing, chipped or broken precious stones recut or replaced in antique or fine jewelry, or to have such pieces (including gold) repaired or restored, write to Ted Benowitz, in care of Benowitz Jewelers, 2304 N. Clark St., Chicago, Ill. 60614, (312) 477-4367, enclosing an addressed, stamped business-size envelope for a free booklet "The Information Guide on Estate Jewelry."

Q: Is there an interest in Fiesta ware? I have a service for 12 including side dishes, two platters, glassware and other matching pieces bought in 1936.

A: Write to Fiesta ware buyer Shirley Easley, 120 W. Dowell Road, McHenry, Ill. 60050, (815) 344-3934 after 6 p.m., enclosing a description or color photo of the pieces and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer. "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Fiesta," by Bob and Sharon Huxford, is $21.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009, (800) 626-5420.

Q: Where can we find information on old boat parts such as compasses, cleats, pulleys and lanterns that we'd like to sell?

A: The bimonthly Nautical Brass is $36 a year, or $6 for a current copy, from Box 3966, North Ft. Myers, Fla. 33916-3966. Or contact Richard A. Bourne Auctioneers, Box 141, Hyannis Port, Mass. 02647, (508) 775-0797, about marine auctions.

Q: I have about 20 cast-iron apple parers. Is there a parer collector's club?

A: Write to the International Society for Apple Parer Enthusiasts, in care of John Lambert, 3911 Morgan Center Road, Utica, Ohio 43080, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for information.

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