For once-cheap old watch, time has become money Big Bad Wolf takes a bite

MARKET VALUE

sold for $1.50 in the 1930s, it has a present value of $400 to $900.

February 25, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES

I have an old Ingersoll pocket watch with the Big Bad Wolf on the face. The wolf's eye moves when the watch is running. It has a leather fob with a metal medallion showing the Three Little Pigs. On the back of the watch is written, "May the Big Bad Wolf never come to your door -- Walt Disney." Is it valuable?

Disney wristwatches and pocket watches are some of the most sought-after collectibles. Original, old ones are the most valuable. Highest prices are paid for those in working condition, with clean, unscratched faces. An original box adds value.

Your 1930s pocket watch originally sold for $1.50. Today, it would sell for $400 to $900, depending on condition.

I have a cloth doll that is also a book. It's the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The doll has four faces that go along with the story. At the end it is marked "c 1978 Reliance Products Corp." What's it worth?

Cloth storybook dolls appeal to doll collectors and book collectors. Many varieties were made between 1973 and '83. Some are still being made. They usually sell for $6 or less.

My husband was born in 1917, and he still has some cut-glass dishes that he used as a child. In the center of each are the words "Near Cut." We'd appreciate information about these dishes.

About 1905, pressed-glass makers began using trademarks to identify their pieces. "Near Cut" was used by the Cambridge Glass Co. of Cambridge, Ohio. It was used on heavy pressed glass made after 1906. Cambridge Glass closed in 1958.

I can remember my grandmother talking about collecting "Florence" figurines. Where were they made?

Florence Ward was a California homemaker. In 1939, after the untimely death of her son, Ward began modeling clay figures as a way to get over her grief. Word spread of her talent, and she started the Florence Ceramics Co.

She was the company's sole designer of semiporcelain figurines, lamps and art-ware. She based her models on costumes from the past, characters from movies, books and plays, and religious figures. The company was sold in 1964. Ward died in 1991.

I found a pressing iron in the shape of a bird. I think it's cast iron. It's about 3 inches long and has some red paint still on it. How old is it, and what's it worth?

Figural swan pressing irons were made in the late 1800s. They're fairly rare and sell for $200 to $300.

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