Teplitz vase could be worth up to $325


May 15, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: Enclosed is a photo of a vase that I inherited from my mother. It is 9 inches long, 3 inches wide and 4 inches high. On the bottom it is marked "Royal Teplitz -- Aurora." I would like to know when and where it was made, and its value.

A: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there were many potteries in Teplitz and Turn, Bohemia, Germany, now Czechoslovakia. Ernst Wahliss, Alfred Stellmacher and Riessner & Kessel (Amphora) were major manufacturers. They produced mostly vases and figurines.

The molded grapes and leaves in relief are typical of this ware. When originally manufactured they had reasonable prices, but in recent years values have skyrocketed, particularly for the finer examples.

"Aurora" is the name of the pattern. Your vase was made around 1900 in Teplitz. According to Teplitz authority Jack Gunsaulus of Gray's Gallery in Plymouth, Mich., vases similar to yours would probably fetch about $275 to $325.

Q: I have a wooden jigsaw puzzle that belonged to my grandfather. It is in the original wooden box. The scene on the puzzle is of a woman strolling along the water. In the background there is a village, a boat and a castle. There are no pieces missing, and it is in very good condition.

Can you tell me the approximate age and value of my puzzle?

A: Puzzles date back to at least the 18th century. By the late 1890s and early 1900s the market for adult puzzles was firmly entrenched. When it comes to wood or cardboard, wood was the puzzle of choice among most collectors. Wooden puzzles were considered more challenging to work than cardboard. By the mid-1930s, the die-cut cardboard puzzle had all but replaced the wooden jigsaw in popularity. Mass production made cardboard puzzles more affordable and easily available.

It is puzzling that you didn't include the number of pieces, the dimensions and the manufacturer; it helps when deciding a price. Your puzzle was probably made in the early 1900s, and being in the original box makes it more desirable. Generally, prices for wooden puzzles are about $50 to $75.

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, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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