You can bank on the value of Little Red Riding Hood Market Value: Hanging coin bank in the shape of the character from the cautionary tale could sell for about $800.

Market Value

February 11, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES

I found a china bank in the shape of Little Red Riding Hood. A coin slot is in her basket. There are holes in the back of the figure so it can hang on a wall. It's marked "Pat. No. 135889." Was it made by Hull Pottery like other Little Red Riding Hood items? It must be valuable, because you have to break it to get the money. There must be very few left.

The Hull Pottery Co. of Crooksville, Ohio, made Little Red Riding Hood items from the mid-1940s through the '50s. Pieces with the patent number you describe were made in the pottery and shipped to the Royal China and Novelty Co. of Chicago, where they were decorated. Some of the 9-inch-high banks were made with the coin slot in Little Red Riding Hood's head. You are right about the rarity of hanging banks. They usually sell for about $800, although we've heard of some selling for much more.

What's the best way to store my old postcards, magazines and letters?

Store paper collectibles in a place that's not too wet or too dry. Humidity should range between 45 and 65 percent.

If you are framing something for display, use acid-free matting from an art-supply or framing store. Leave a space between the collectible and the glass. Seal the frame's back to block dust. Avoid hanging the collectible in a spot where the sun will shine on it.

If you're storing items for future use, buy acid-free boxes.

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