Doulton figurine could bring $550


August 14, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: I have a Royal Doulton figurine that I inherited from my grandmother. It is marked with No. HN 1840, and her name is "Christine." She is 7 3/4 inches high. Her gown is red, and she is wearing a blue shawl.

Can you tell me the approximate worth and where I can sell my figurine?

A: Royal Doulton manufactured figurines of "Christine" from 1938 to 1949. She was designed by Leslie Harradine.

A figurine similar to yours would probably fetch $550 to $600 in an antiques shop.

If you decide to sell her, you might consider seeking a reputable antiques dealer or an auction house. Keep in mind you can't expect a dealer to pay you the retail price.

Q: I have a table model fruit juice press that I purchased in West Virginia at a garage sale. It is polished cast iron and has the words "Universal R.F.C., New Britain Ct. Pat. Des. 69942" stamped on it. It's just the greatest; if you've never used one, you don't know what you're missing.

Can you please tell me approximately when my terrific juicer was made and its value?

A: Your fruit juice press was made sometime in the early 1900s. Its value would probably be about $55 to $65.

Q: I have two Steuben glass figurines, one of a rabbit and the other of a songbird.

Can you tell me if Steuben glass is currently being made by Corning Glass Co., and what the value of my glass animals would be in today's market?

A: Steuben Glass Works was founded in Corning, N.Y., in 1903 by Frederick Carder and Thomas G. Hawkes. Corning Glass Co. bought the firm in 1918.

The company continues to operate today, manufacturing clear glass of exceptional quality.

Each glass animal would probably be in the $150 to $200 range.


Book review: Barbara Loveless GiekBurke showcases Hull pottery lines produced from 1960 to 1985 in her book "Collector's Guide to Hull Pottery, The Dinnerware Lines, Identification & Values" (Collector Books).

She traces the history of the firm's glory days to the devastating closing of the factory. Such expert and thorough documentation of this era of Hull pottery is unprecedented.

Dates, descriptions, history, color photos, catalog reprints, price values make this one "Hull" of a book.

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