Ovaltine mug worth a hot $50


August 28, 1994|By Anne McCollam | Anne McCollam,Copley News Service

Q: We have a ceramic "Little Orphan Annie" mug from the 1930s. It is three inches tall and was an Ovaltine premium. Is it worth anything?

A: Little Orphan Annie was a comic character created by Harold Gray in 1924. When she debuted on radio, Ovaltine was the sponsor. The mug was just one of the many premiums offered by Ovaltine. "Hakes Guide to Comic Character Collectibles" by Ted Hake lists a mug, circa 1932, similar to yours at $50.

Q: I have a Staffordshire figurine of a poodle that was given to my parents as a wedding gift in 1912. The height is approximately 9 inches, and he is sitting. He is white, with "coleslaw" trim on his shoulders, ears and tail. His face is painted, and the molded collar is gold. I would appreciate any information you might have on my poodle.

A: Staffordshire potters made a variety of small figures of humans and animals. Some of the most popular were figurines of dogs. They were usually sold in pairs and widely produced. Your poodle would probably be in the $65 to $75 range in good condition.

Q: My pickle castor has an ornate silver-plated footed frame, lid ,, and tongs. The insert is made of cranberry glass and is decorated with enameled flowers. I would like to know the approximate value of my castor.

A: Pickle castors were accessories to the Victorian table settings and were used to serve pickles. They were available in colored art glass and pattern glass.

By 1900, their popularity had ebbed. Your castor would probably

be worth about $400 to $425 in good condition.

Book review: More than 75 topics and 150 subjects are covered in "Warman's Paper" by Norman E. Martinus and Harry L. Rinker. Learn where to find paper collectibles, how to decide values, how to spot restrikes, reproductions, copycats, and fakes.

This comprehensive price guide to paper ephemera provides answers and sound advice from Mr. Martinus and Mr. Rinker. "Warman's Paper" by Norman E. Martinus and Harry L. Rinker is published by Wallace-Homestead, an imprint of Chilton Book Company.

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