Little Golden Books' value ranges from $1 to $25 Mint- condition first editions of the series that was originally published in 1942 bring the highest prices.

MARKET VALUE

March 17, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES

I've started collecting Little Golden Books that I read as a child. Many of them seem too new to be original. Is there some way I can tell if they are old?

The Western Publishing Co. has sold billions of Little Golden Books since it published the first dozen titles in 1942.

Some titles were published for many years. The most valuable is a first edition. Check the book's first two pages. There should be a string of letters. The letter on the far left shows the edition the book. An "A" on the far left indicates a first edition; a "B", a second edition; and so on.

The letters sometimes appear on the last page.

Little Golden Books printed after 1991 use Roman numerals to show the printing date. The letter "A" before the Roman numeral shows a first edition. The letter "R" means it's a much later edition.

Mint-condition first-edition books of the original dozen sell for $20 to $25. Most others sell from $1 to $10.

"T. Atwood" is branded into the bottom of my simple wooden chair. Can you tell me about it?

Thomas Atwood had a chair factory in Bedford, N.H., after 1819. By the 1830s he was making cabinets and other pieces. He worked for many years making sets of chairs. They often were sold in wholesale quantities.

I still have a wooden Flexible Flyer sled from when I was a kid in the 1950s. Is it worth anything?

Wooden sleds are becoming collectible. The best ones still have their lettering, decals and original paint.

Flexible Flyer sleds were made by the Allen Co. of Philadelphia. Other big names to look for are Ice Plane, Snow Plane and rTC Rocket Plane sleds by the Acme Manufacturing Co. of Emigsville, Pa.

Your sled is worth $25 to $100, depending on condition. Pre-World War II sleds sell for as much as $400.

I have a lady-head vase with no manufacturer's mark. The woman is wearing a hat, her lips are painted bright red and her eyes are downcast. She has a gloved hand raised to her face and is wearing a string of pearls. Does it have any value?

The style of the vase you describe was popular with many different makers. Unmarked lady heads sell for $35 to $60. Size, condition and design affect the value.

Pub Date: 3/17/96

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