Q: I recently inherited two coquille (shell) dishes from my aunt. There is the mark "HR Quimper" on the front and "HR" on the back of each dish.
I think my aunt inherited these coquille dishes from her mother-in-law in the 1920s.
Could you please tell me the possible date when these items were made and the approximate value of each?
A: Tin-glazed earthenware has been made in the French town Quimper since the 17th century. It is still being produced today. Quimper faience is well-known for the hand-painted scenes of Breton peasants, the sea and geometric or floral designs.
Your coquille dishes were made by the Henriot factory, Quimper, France, sometime between 1895 and 1922. Each shell dish would probably be worth about $200 to $275 in good condition.
Q: I am trying to find out the value of a Kestner Gibson doll. She is marked "No. 172." Her head and arms are bisque and she is approximately 21 inches high. She has glass sleep eyes and a closed mouth.
I hope you can give me an idea of her value and when she was made.
A: J. D. Kestner manufactured dolls from 1816 to 1938 in Walterhausen, Thuringia, Germany. In 1910 Kestner's "Lady Dolls," also known as Gibson Girls, were featured in Ladies Home Journal.
Your Lady Doll was made around 1900. It would probably be worth about $4,500 to $5,000 with the original clothes and in good condition.
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