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Staffordshire figures often made in pairs
Question: I collect dog figurines.
When I found this adorable ceramic
dog at a garage sale, I couldn’t
resist. The seller didn’t know anything
about it except it had been
in the family forever. It is 6 inches
high and has no maker’s mark. The
condition is good, except for a bit
of flaking. The price was $10. How
old is it, where was it made and is
it worth more?
— A.T., Wellington, Fla.
Answer: You appear to have an
English pottery piece made by one
of the Staffordshire factories in the
mid-19th century. Most of their
pieces were unmarked. Such pieces
were usually made in pairs, so yours
could have a mate.
Hundreds of animal figures were
made by Bow and Derby potters as
well. Each was
painted by hand.
Part of their
charm is that children
sometimes in a
“folk art” look.
They were once a
decorative staple in Victorian households.
During the 1920s and ‘30s,
they were popular in America and
A pair of your dog would bring
more money. As a single, your dog
figure could fetch around $50 at
Q: I found this pair of old doorknobs
at a garage sale a couple of
years ago. I was looking for something
to put on the doors of an old
Victorian house I was thinking of
buying. I didn’t buy the house and
want to sell
them. They appear
to be cut
glass. Are there
paid $20 for
the pair. What
can you tell
me? Should I
A: There are many serious doorknob
collectors for the many types
The great doorknob hunt began
during the 1976 Bicentennial when
doorknobs began showing up at
quality antique shows.
Doorknobs, plain and fancy, were
made of many materials. Companies
such as Wedgwood and the Sandwich
Glass Co. made the humble
A collector would be happy to pay
$100 or more for your 19th-century
cut-glass doorknobs, as would the
owner of a Victorian house.
Q: My late aunt collected some
weird stuff. This old figurine is
one of them. I want to put it in
my garage sale unless it is worth
something. It looks like some kind
of hand-painted ceramic. I think
the subject is a drum majorette. It’s
around 11 inches. Any idea what it
is and its value?
— L.F., Boynton Beach, Fla.
A: You have a carnival prize made
around the 1930s or ’40s.
It is made of what is known as
chalkware and is hand painted. The
material is plaster of Paris painted
Such prizes were made in a variety
of figures from clowns to cartoon
characters. Yours is
a drum majorette.
The craft has a long
history dating to
the 19th century,
figures were made
and copied later in
prizes date from
1910 to the 1940s.
Prices depend on age, type of figure
and condition. Yours could sell at a
flea market for around $50, in good
Do you have an antique item
and need more information? For a
personal reply, send a photo, along with
history, size and any signatures with a
self-addressed, stamped envelope and
$25, to Anne Gilbert, 1811Renaissance
Commons Blvd., No. 2319, Boynton
Beach, FL 33426.
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