Containment strategy best for some kinds of infantry Market Value: Toy soldiers in the original box are worth much more than ones on the loose.

MARKET VALUE

April 07, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,COWLES SYNDICATE

I saved my Britains Polish Infantry set of tin soldiers in its original box. I got it around 1940. What's it worth?

Toy soldiers in their original box are worth much more. The Britains set No. 1856 that you describe would sell for $500 to $600 in mint condition.

A business friend just gave me a bronze figure about 17 inches high. It's an Indian on a horse. It's signed `Earle Heikka.`

Earle Erik Heikka was born in Montana in 1910 and died in 1941. He modeled figures in wood, leather, cloth, plaster and metal. His subjects included trains and stagecoaches as well as mounted cowboys and Indians.

My mother-in-law always gives my sons Avon after-shave in specially shaped decanters. Should I save them?

There are collectors for everything. Many people collect Avon bottles and decanters.

You probably won't get rich by saving your contemporary decanters, but they are good-looking. Decanters from the 1990s are selling at their original selling price. Those from the 1970s are valued at about twice their original price.

I have six dinner plates with pictures of movie stars in the center. The plates were made by the Edwin M. Knowles China Co. The stars are Lillian Walker, Anita Stewart, Mary Fuller, Beverly Boyer, Alice Brady and Isabel Townsend. Do you have any information on them?

Your plates probably were theater giveaways designed to lure customers to the movies.

The original Edwin M. Knowles China Co. worked between 1900 and 1963 in West Virginia. The company name is being used again on modern plates.

The actresses on your plate were on the silver screen about 1917.

My husband brought home four fiberglass chairs with metal legs. They have no maker's marks. The seat and arms are molded in one piece. They remind me of the chairs that were used in airports. Do they have any value?

Molded fiberglass chairs were popular in the 1950s. The original design was by Charles Eames for Herman Miller. Many copies were made.

If the fiberglass isn't cracked or chipped, the chairs sell for about $100 each. Original Eames chairs would sell for more.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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