Porcelain bust was made about 1900


April 17, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I am anxiously looking forward to any information you can give me on a porcelain I own.

On the bottom it is marked "R St K -- Turn-Teplitz -- Bohemia -- Austria."

A: Your porcelain bust was made by the Amphora Porzellan Fabrik that was founded in 1892 by Riessner & Kessel in Turn-Teplitz, Bohemia.

Many of their vases, figurines and busts were produced for export. Your porcelain bust was made around 1900. Busts similar to this are seen in antiques shops in excess of $1,000.

Q: I recently inherited a set of burgundy and ivory dishes. I would appreciate it if you could tell me the value of this set.

A: I can tell you that these dishes were made by E. J. D. Bodley in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. The diamond-shape mark on the back is the English registry mark that was used between 1868 and 1883.

The Roman numerals IV on the registry mark represent which type of material the piece is made of; the Arabic number 9 at the top stands for the day of the month; the letter K at the right represents the year the piece was registered; the C shows it was made in January; No. 4 is the parcel number; Rd. means the object is registered.

Your dishes were registered on Jan. 9, 1883. The diamond registry marks were discontinued after 1883. Iolanthe is the name of the pattern.

If you have a dessert service of around 20 pieces made in the late 1800s, the value would probably be about $1,800 to $2,700.

Q: Around seven years ago my sister gave me a "Pee-wee Herman" talking doll. He is 18 inches tall, is dressed in a gray suit with a red bow tie and white shoes. He talks when the string on his back is pulled. A label that is attached to his shirt says Matchbox Toys Ltd. Does he have any value?

A: In the 1980s Pee-wee Herman was popular with both children and adults as a movie and television entertainer. Depending on the area of the country, Pee-wee Herman talking dolls are seen in antique shops for anywhere from $25 to $150 in good condition.

Q: I have a Loetz vase. It has a cylindrical shape that flares outward at the top. The color is an iridescent gold and the height is 4 inches. Could you give me an idea when my vase was made and what it is worth?

A: Johann Loetz began producing art glass in Austria in the late 1890s. He was a former employee of the Tiffany factory and this background influenced much of his work.

The value of your vase would probably be in the $285 to $325 range.

Q: Perhaps you can tell me the value of my antique lady's watch.

It is a Waltham, 15 jewels, double-faced gold, and 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Both the front and back of the case are engraved. The case is marked with the words "Made of 2 Plates of Solid Gold and Guaranteed to Wear for 25 Years."

The watch is in excellent condition and keeps perfect time.

A: When a watch case is marked "Guaranteed to Wear for 25 Years," it means it is gold filled rather than solid gold.

Waltham made your watch around 1900. It would probably be worth about $125 to $135.

Q: I have bronze bookends in the shape of lions. They are 6 inches high and 5 inches long. On the back are the following words: "Copy Right 1926 -- Gift House Inc. -- NYC -- Solid Bronze."

4 Could you tell me anything about these bookends?

A: Bookends were popular in the early 1900s. Yours were made in the late 1920s to 1930s. They would probably be worth about $110 to $125.

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, Ind. 46556.

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