Madame Alexander doll prices vary

MARKET VALUE

July 10, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: What can you tell me about Madame Alexander dolls and their values?

I have a Scarlett O'Hara doll wearing a white dress with a hoop skirt and black shoes. Although I don't have the original box, she is in good condition.

A: There is quite a disparity in prices of Madame Alexander Scarlett O'Hara dolls. They can range from under $100 to well over $1,000. For instance, a 1970 (14-inch) version, in a white gown, lists at $87, while a 1939 doll, in the original velvet coat and hat, is valued at $625.

Value depends on condition, size, demand, quality and availability.

Q: I have a Royal Doulton Robin Hood plate. It measures 10 inches in diameter and has scalloped edges. On the back are "Under the Greenwood Tree -- Royal Doulton -- Made in England -- D 3751." It is decorated with a scene of Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Robin's men.

Could you please tell me if my plate is worth anything?

A: Your plate is part of the series "Under the Greenwood Tree," made by Royal Doulton from 1914 to 1967. Included in the series were bowls, plates, teapots, vases, cups and saucers. "D 3751" is the style number assigned to the plate when it was designed.

Your plate would probably be worth about $135 to $150 in good condition.

Q: I have a 1905 Sears, Roebuck & Co. general catalog. All the pages are intact and it is in good condition.

Is it worth anything?

A: The mail-order industry dates to at least the mid-1800s. Sears and Montgomery Ward were firmly established by then, and remote rural consumers were assured of access to goods from dependable merchants.

Your Sears 1905 catalog is currently listed at $64 in "Warman's Paper" by Norman E. Martinus and Harry L. Rinker.

Q: I have a drop-leaf table. Scrolled designs are carved on each corner of the drop leaves. The table is in perfect condition. Roman numerals "XIV" and "XIII" are on the bottom of the drawers. The table is 30 inches high and the top measures 19 by 13 inches.

I would appreciate any information you can provide on it.

A: Your table was made around 1900. The style is eclectic. The reeded legs show a Sheraton influence, while the flaring brass feet and the curvilinear carving reflect the popular trends of the -- early 1900s. Manufacturers used corresponding Roman numerals to show where specific parts belonged.

F: Your table would probably be worth about $450 to $500.

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, IN 46556.

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