How much would a Rita Hayworth doll (received in 1950) be worth today? The doll, which is in very good condition, is dressed in a full-length red dress with black lace net at the waist. It has red, shoulder-length hair with a black net veil on the head with a red rose on top and another below the waist and wears gold shoes with black ribbons strapped around her ankles.
Also, how can I find the value of a 1946 78-rpm record album titled "The Unsuccessful Elf" by Paul Wing?
Your Rita Hayworth doll dressed as Carmen stands 14 inches tall, was produced by Uneeda in 1948, is very rare, and is worth $500 in mint condition, according to the book "Modern Collector's Dolls -- Identification & Value Guide -- Seventh Series," by Patricia R. Smith. The book is available in a huge ZTC hardcover edition for $26.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
To check out or sell children's 78-rpm records in original album covers or sleeves (unless vinyl picture records), write Peter Muldavin, 173 W. 78th St., No. 5F, New York, N.Y. 10024; enclose a description of the records, along with the label name and catalog numbers, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply; or phone Mr. Muldavin at (212) 362-9606.
About 10 or 15 years ago, Swarovski crystal made a 5 1/2 -inch-high by 3 1/2 -inch-wide seated teddy-bear figure with a bow tie, which sold for $500 retail. I lost mine and would like to know where I could buy a replacement.
For information regarding Swarovski retired "for sale" items or lists, write the Swan Seekers Network, 4118 E. Vernon Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85008-2333; enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a reply, or phone (602) 957-6294.
I own some hand-wrought aluminum, including a large lazy susan. How can I find the value of such pieces? Is there a book or newsletter on the subject? Also, how can stained aluminum be cleaned?
A source of information is "Collectible Aluminum -- An Identification and Value Guide" by Everett Grist; it is available for $18.95 postpaid from Ace Enterprises, P.O. Box 59354, Chicago, Ill. 60659.
Aluminum stained from food deposits and moisture can be cleaned and made to look like silver by using MAAS Fine Polishing Creme for All Metals. It is available in a large-size tube for $9.95 postpaid from MAAS International Inc.,P.O. Box 128, La Grange, Ill. 60525-0128.