Cherry washstand worth about $450


April 03, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a picture of a cherry bureau that I inherited from my grandmother years ago. It was given to her by a friend who lived in the farm area around Lake Erie in upstate New York. What can you tell me about my bureau?

A: Your cherry bureau washstand was made in the late 1800s. Washstands were available either as a three-drawer chest type or as a commode with a drawer and two doors.

They typically had back splashes and towel racks.

It would probably be worth about $450 to $475.

Q: I have a Royal Doulton figurine of "The Love Letter." It is marked "HN 2149." There are two figures sitting on a couch. One is dressed in a blue gown trimmed in black, the other has a gown of red and white trimmed with gold. One of the figures is holding a letter. It is 5 inches tall and in perfect shape. Could you please tell me its vintage and value?

A: The Love Letter" was made by Royal Doulton from 1958 to 1976. It was designed by Peggy Davis.

The value is currently listed in the $330 to $400 range.

Q: I am curious about a 1930s gas station globe that I have. It is in the shape of a crown and has a metal frame around the glass insert. The height is 16 inches.

Is this worth anything?

A: Gas globes of this type were used from around 1915 to the 1930s.

The demise of the independently owned gas station has pumped up the price and popularity of gasoline memorabilia. Gas globes similar to yours can start at $500 and go up.

Q: My grandmother gave me a clear glass console bowl and matching candelabra. She told me the set was given to her around 1940.

They were made by Fostoria and the pattern is "Baroque." Each candelabrum holds three candles. The bowl has handles and measures 10 by 11 inches.

Could you place a value on it and tell me something about Fostoria?

A: Fostoria Glass Co. was founded in 1887 in Fostoria, Ohio. In 1891 it relocated to Moundsville, W.Va. They manufactured fine-quality glassware in a wide range of items and colors.

Lancaster Colony Corp. purchased the company in 1983 and still operates under the Fostoria name.

Your console set would probably be worth about $145.

Q: I have a "Flub-A-Dub" marionette, one of the "Howdy Doody" characters. It dates from the 1950s and is in perfect condition.

Could you please give me an estimate of his worth?

A: The red-haired, freckle-faced "Howdy Doody," and his pal, "Flub-A-Dub," were part of the "Howdy Doody" series, the popular television show that ran from 1947 to 1960.

A current price guide lists a "Flub-A-Dub" marionette at $265.

Book review

"Comic Book Artists" by Alex Malloy is published by Wallace-Homestead Book Co., an imprint of Chilton Book Co. It is available in antique shops and bookstores for $14.95.

Mr. Malloy's new book is a compilation of over 150 of the finest and most influential comic-book artists. Alphabetically arranged information includes vital statistics for each artist, current values of their work and examples of each artist's illustrations.

"Comic Book Artists" is a natural companion to Mr. Malloy's "Comics Values Annual." If you are a collector of comic books this is a "must have" guide.

Letters with pictures are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

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