Throughout the lifespan of the Royal Doulton company thousands upon thousands of ornaments have been created, sold and loved around the world. Some of these ornaments have been inspired by the time period in which they were made. Others were inspired by scenery but amongst the most popular are those ornaments that have been inspired by famous and well loved celebrities and those inspired by literature. There is nothing like finding a vintage or antique ornament that represents your favourite book character from your childhood. In this article we have brought together some of the most popular children’s literature ornaments by the Royal Doulton company.
Some of these toys you may have played with when you were younger. Or perhaps you remember your own children owning these toys. Fisher Price has produced beloved children’s toys since 1930 and continues to produce high quality toys today. Many Fisher Price toys released in the early production years are now classed as ‘vintage‘ and are highly sought after by toy collectors. In this article, you can find the value for popular vintage Fisher Price toys made prior to 1965.
Fisher Price ‘Doctor Doodle Toy’ – 1931
Made in the first year of the company being open is one of Fisher Price’s most famous pull toys, ‘Doctor Doodle’. When a child pulls this toy, the duck’s neck goes up and down and his bill opens and closes. In the earliest editions, the wheels were blue but were later changed to orange in 1932. The duck carries a medical bag by his side, wears a black top hat and a blue coat. Each edition of ‘Doctor Doodle’ measures approximately 7 inches tall.
Bone China simply refers to a white porcelain that contains bone ash. The bone ash in this particular porcelain allows thin but strong plates and saucers to be created. ‘Royal Albert’, a sister company to ‘Royal Doulton’, is one of the most well known Bone China companies in the world. Their ‘Old Country Roses’ and ‘New Country Roses’ collections are two well known dinnerware sets that sit within many collector’s cupboards. Although Royal Albert is more commonly known for beautiful bone China dinner sets, Royal Doulton has an extensive list of their own.
Bone China has been made in Britain since the early 1800’s and the Royal Doulton company began creating their own pieces soon after in 1815. The Royal Doulton company use a soft-paste porcelain that contains more than 35% tricalcium orthophosphate. Their china pieces are comprised of a strong porcelain making them hard, durable and water repellent. The china produced by the Royal Doulton company is amongst the strongest know in the porcelain industry. [Read more…]
Not often is a Royal Doulton mug a collector’s first pick at an auction house or local estate sale, however some of these can be worth a fair amount of money while being overlooked. The company first began in 1815 by John Doulton and after multiple name changes, began trading as the well known brand ‘Royal Doulton’ in the early 1900’s. Toby and Character ‘jugs’ are amongst the most popular Royal Doulton Mugs/Cups. Vintage Royal Doulton mugs can be worth a few dollars to a few thousand dollars so it is important to research the value of your item before you list it for sale.
The Lladro (Lladró) story began in 1953 when three brothers used their bare hands to create the beginning of a now large scale Spanish porcelain company. Brothers; Juan, Jose, and Vicente Lladro had a passion for art and were first inspired by European manufacturers of Meissen. This inspiration led them to create plates, vases and ceramic figurines. Situated in Almácera, Spain the brothers worked on their handcrafted creations for almost seven years before opening their first shop in Valencia.
In today’s society, Lladro pieces are highly sought after by collectors. Amongst the most valuable are ‘biblical scenes’, the ‘Don Quixote’ series and ‘wedding related’ ornaments to name just a few. [Read more…]
The most famous collector pull toys were created in the 1930’s by popular brands such as Fisher Price and Lego. Pull toys made during this time were wooden, had string attached for a young child to pull along with the majority of them having wheels attached to the base. Many pull toys were animal or car shaped, painted and hand crafted. Animals such as lions, horses, dogs, lambs, goats and bears were popular pull toys created during the 1930’s. Well known pull toys collected today include the 1935 Lego Duck and the 1923 No. 4 Liberty Coaster Wooden Wagon.
1935 Lego Duck
Released in 1935, this wooden duck on wheels would be one of the first toys made by the Lego company. Not only one of Lego’s first toys made but also amongst the most popular within the wooden toy collection. Made completely of wood, the Lego duck features a painted orange mouth, a red body and black wings, tail and head. The duck sits upon a black plank with four red wheels. The beauty of this antique wooden toy is that when the child pulls it along the beak of the duck opens and closes.
These were hand painted by workers of the Lego company making each wooden duck slightly different. Later versions of the wooden ducks were painted using stencils. Originally these toys sold for not much more than one USD. Today these are highly sought after collectors items making them worth upwards of $2000.
Hummels and Retirement
Whether it’s a temporary leave, a one off limited edition or production has simply ended; Hummels go into retirement as apposed to being discontinued. This means that they may return for a special occasion under a new Hum number extension.
Here’s 15 Such Hummels That Have Gone Into Retirement
1. Barnyard Hero
First modeled in 1948 by master sculptor Reinhold Unger.
Originaly made as 3.75″-4″ figurines.
More sizes were released in the mid 1950’s, 5.50″ and 5.75″-6″.
With the larger 195/I (5.75″-6″) being put into retirement in January of 1999.
Estimated Value: Hum 195/I – $175
Toby Jugs – King Henry VIII
Modeled after the historical figures of King Henry VIII and his wives. These collectibles allow you collect the heads of both the tyrannical King and that of his unfortunate wives alike.
King Henry VIII Lrg 6 1/2″ – D6642 (1975)
Reigning King of England from April 21st 1509 until his death on January 28th 1547.
King Henry VIII is more remembered for his six marriages, in particular, the methods he used to end those marriages.
Hummel Figurines are showcased in many antique collectors cabinets. These porcelain figurines, based upon drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, first became popular towards the end of the second world war. These porcelain ornaments were often gifted by soldiers in Germany to family back home in America. Although not an overly expensive item during this time, in today’s society Hummel Figurines have become greatly sort after antiques by keen collectors leading to a large price increase.
First Hummels Produced: 1935
Creator of the Porcelain Hummel Figurines: Franz Goebel
1) The Merry Wanderer #7
One of the most popular Hummel Figurines in a collectors cabinet is the ‘Merry Wanderer’. This porcelain figurine depicts a young traveller walking with a spring in his step (merrily walking) with a red umbrella and luggage bag.
Model Date: 1935
Expected Sale Price Today (depending on condition): $180 – $500
Garden furniture, also called patio furniture and outdoor furniture, is a type of furniture specifically designed for outdoor use. It is typically made of weather-resistant materials. The oldest surviving examples of garden furniture were found in the gardens of Pompeii.