Doll worth about $500

MARKET VALUE

May 02, 1993|By James G. McCollam | James G. McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: What can you tell me about my Rose O'Neill Kewpie doll? It is 10 inches tall and is marked "O'Neill" on the bottom of one foot. It also has paper labels on the chest and back. It is in perfect condition.

A: This appears to be an original 1913 Kewpie doll designed by Rose O'Neill and probably manufactured in Germany. If this is correct, the value might be in the $500 to $600 range.

Q: I have what appears to be a porcelain toothbrush holder; it is about 5 inches tall and decorated with pink roses with green leaves. The mark on the bottom is "GDA -- Limoges."

Can you identify the maker and tell me if this has any value as a collectible?

A: This toothbrush holder was made in Limoges, France, by Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbot during the early 20th century. It might sell for $25 to $35.

Q: Can you estimate the value of a Knights of Columbus ceremonial sword and scabbard? It has a brass hilt and black enamel grips decorated with raised eagles. I think it is almost 100 years old.

A: Fraternal organization ceremonial swords are not very popular collectibles. One like yours might possibly sell for about $50 to $60.

Letters with pictures 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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