Teapot would probably fetch $25-$35


March 06, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Can you give me some idea of the value of a teapot found in my aunt's attic? It is yellow, the bow is green and there is some green and orange on the hat. On the bottom it is marked Little Old Lady, Reg N 827655, Made in England.

A: The maker is unknown. Your teapot was made about 1938. The value would probably be $25 to $35.

Q: I have an old picture, but I'm not sure just how old it is. It has been passed down, and I've had it for 30 years.

The name of the picture is "In Disgrace," and it is signed by Bessie Pease Gutmann. It is a little girl standing with her nose in the corner and her puppy is behind her.

Can you give me any information on it?

A: Your print is a copy of an original artwork that remains in the possession of the publisher.

Your print was made in the mid-20th century. Its value would probably be about $35 to $100.

Q: I own a Royal Doulton figurine of a baby wrapped in a red shawl. It is 4 inches high and its title is "This Little Pig."

On the bottom is Royal Doulton and HN 1973.

Is it of any value?

A: Your Royal Doulton figurine was introduced in 1936 and is still being made. Its value would probably be $75 to $85.

Q: I have twin Bye-Lo Baby dolls.

They are china and are wearing long dresses. One has pink ribbon trim on the gown and the other has blue trim. On the back of each are the numbers and words, 20-10-Copr. by Grace S. Putnam -- Germany. I would appreciate it if you could tell me how much my Bye-Lo Babies are worth.

A: Grace Storey Putnam was an art teacher and watercolorist in Oakland, Calif. In the early 1920s, she created a doll in the image of a newborn.

The Bye-Lo Babies were marketed by George Borgfeldt and became a remarkable success.

Your twin Bye-Lo Babies are currently listed for $1,500 for the pair.

Q: My husband and I have recently moved. In the move, we had some breakage of family china. We have been unsuccessful in finding someone who can give us a value on these items, or where we could possibly have them replaced.

I have enclosed pictures with descriptions of markings on the back. We would greatly appreciate any information you could provide for us of replacement costs or where we can replace them.

A: The cost of replacement china is very high. Send photos and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Replacements Ltd., P.O. Box 26029, Department VFD1C, Greensboro, N.C. 27420.

Q: I am curious about a pair of china cuspidors.

My aunt told me they were made for ladies, and were purchased at a Paris flea market during World War I.

They are marked on the bottom Ginori, and are decorated with a gold and green ornate design. On the top there are three cherubs in gold medallions.

Did ladies actually use cuspidors? I am interested in anything you can tell me about these pieces.

A: Cuspidors were popular during a time when most men chewed tobacco. There wasn't a barroom without several strategically placed.

Yes, some daring ladies chewed tobacco, and so smaller versions were designed just for them.

Your cuspidors were made by Ginori sometime in the late 1880s. The pair would be worth about $500 to $600 in excellent condition.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, 703 Peashway, South Bend, Ind. 46617.

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