Sources of information on collecting black dolls


December 20, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I recently started to collect black dolls. How can I find out more about them and their values? Where can I find more dolls?

A: Black dolls, folk and fancy, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries are of interest to doll collectors and those who collect black memorabilia. A 9 1/2 -inch realistic-looking black baby doll with a finely modeled porcelain head and limbs dressed in tweed knickers and matching cap is the first limited-edition issued for doll artist Yolanda Bello's Yolanda's Precious Playmates series; it's $69.95 until Dec. 31, 1993, when the edition closes. In 1985, Ms. Bello's Jason, the first limited edition of her Picture Perfect Babies series, was $48. At a 1990 doll auction, a Jason doll sold for $1,050. Ms. Bello's dolls are available at Gigi's Dolls & Sherry's Teddy Bears, 7550 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60631 (312) 594-1540 or (800) 442-3655.

"Black Dolls -- An Identification and Value Guide, 1820-1991," by Myla Perkins, is $19.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009 (800) 626-5420.

Q: How can I find out the value of, and where can I sell, an old microphone on a stand and an Echophone radio that's more than 60 years old?

A: To sell old mikes and radios, write to collector Barry Janov, 2454 Dempster St., Suite 416, Des Plaines, Ill. 60016 (708) 827-9100. Enclose a photo or description of the pieces and an addressed, stamped envelope for a free appraisal, reply or offer. Or bring the items or photos of them to Mr. Janov at the Old Time Radio Exhibit from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Northbrook Historical Society in the Northfield Inn, 1776 Walters Ave., Northbrook, Ill.

Q: Who might be interested in an old crucifix?

A: Write to Ernie Reda, 3997 Latimer Ave., San Jose, Calif. 95130 (408) 378-7786, who collects crosses and crucifixes of any materials.

Q: Where can I find miniature models of lighthouses and related decorative items?

A: Seven beautifully detailed scale models of famous lighthouses, including Evanston's magnificent Grosse Point Lighthouse, are at the "Eyes on the Sea: A Celebration of Lighthouses" exhibit through Dec. 31 at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. A Build-Your-Own-Lighthouse kit, with a scale paper model of the Grosse Point Lighthouse is $7.95 at the Shedd's Sea Shop or $11.95 postpaid from 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60605. Illinois residents add 70 cents tax.

The Lighthouse Digest, America's only lighthouse newspaper, is published 11 times a year for $24; it's available from Box 2748, South Portland, Maine 04116 (800) 758-1444. Or you can request a free copy.

Q: Who can tell me the value of a Peerless motorcycle made by the Simplex Mfg. Co. of New Orleans, and where can I find parts?

A: Write to Ken Robins, a motorcycle restorer and buyer, in care of Restorations Plus Inc., Box 7177, Prospect Heights, Ill. 60070-7177 (708) 299-1965.

Q: Where can I find majolica pottery in various fan patterns? Is there a book on the subject?

A: The Raven and Dove Antique Gallery (1409 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Ill. 60091) specializes in majolica and carries books on the subject. Enclose a description of the pieces and patterns you want and an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone Randi Schwartz at (708) 251-9550. Also send for a copy of "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Majolica -- An Identification & Value Guide," by Mariann Katz-Marks, available for $21.95 postpaid from Collector Books, Box 3009, Paducah, Ky. 42002-3009 (800) 626-5420.

Write to Anita Gold, Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. Selected questions will appear in her column. The volume of mail makes individual replies impossible.

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