World's Fair umbrella worth $65 to $75


February 14, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of my umbrella; it is made of paper. As you can see, it came from the Chicago World's Fair.

Could you please tell me if it is worth anything?

A: This paper umbrella appears to be in remarkably good condition for its 60 years. It would probably be worth about $65 to $75.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a ceramic bowl that measures 9inches in diameter and is 3 1/2 inches deep. It is also marked "A.F.S." It is decorated with green trees in a meadow against a blue sky.

Can you tell me who made it, when, and what is its value?

A: This bowl was made in a pottery class at Newcomb College in New Orleans in the early 1900s. It was decorated by a student, AnnaFrances Simpson.

Since all of these items were one of a kind, the value is quite high; your bowl would probably sell in the $1,000 range.

Q: I have a covered butter dish marked with an "L" within a crown over "Oscar Schlegelmilch." Would this have any value?

A: Oscar was a cousin of Erdmann and Reinhold Schlegelmilch of RS Prussia fame. He operated a porcelain factory in Langewiesen, Germany, from 1892 to the late 1900s.

Your butter dish would probably sell for $50 to $60.

Q: Can you please tell me anything about a cup and saucer with the following marking? It's a wreath with "O. & E. G. -- Royal Austria." The decorations are yellow roses, leafy vines, gold rims and handle.

A: Your cup and saucer were made in Altrohlau, Austria, by Oscar & Edgar Gutherz in the early 1900s. They would probably sell for $20 to $25.

Q: I am seeking information about a Royal Doulton figurine called "Fair Lady" -- HN 2193.

A: Doulton Ltd. in Burslem, England, introduced the "Fair Lady" figurine in 1963; it is still in production. The current value is about $200 in good condition. The same mold was used with different colored clothes -- HN 2832 and HN 2833. These also sell for about $200.

Book review: "Warman's Glass" by Ellen Tischbein Schroy (Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of the Chilton Book Co.), is a fully illustrated price guide to hundreds of types of glass, from Carnival to Cameo. It also provides histories, references, clubs

and museums.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to James G. McCollam, P.O. Box 1087, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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