Crocks, earth-ware pots or jars have been made for centuries, hand crafted in multiple countries around the world. It is thought crocks originated in France, although it wasn’t until the 1900’s that these stone kitchenware items were found in every American household. Crocks have many uses and continue to be used in modern day society. During the early 1900’s women would often store hand made butter or pickles in crocks. Today, many choose to use crocks as pot plants or to hold decorative items. The many timeless uses of crocks have made them increasingly popular amongst antique collectors.
For the majority of us, these guns will never be sold within our price limit. Not only are some of the most expensive guns antique pieces but many of these have historic value as well. How expensive is expensive though? Many of the guns spoken about in this article have been listed or sold for more than the cost of a brand new sparkly car, with a rare few selling for the cost of a house.
Following the end of World War II, collecting firearms has become increasingly popular. The popularity of antique and vintage guns has led to a price spike and a sellers market. Some collectors are on the hunt for specific makes and models, while others seek to collect guns from certain time periods. [Read more…]
Royal Doulton is a well known English company famous for their intricate porcelain figurines, jugs, vases, jars and dinnerware. Over the last two centuries, ornaments by Royal Doulton have been gifted and loved by men and woman around the world. Many of the earlier pieces produced by the company are now classed as antiques meaning they are highly sought after by collectors.
In this article we will focus on Royal Doulton Antique Floral Vases. Vases produced by Royal Doulton are not widely talked about, although a 2011 episode of the Antiques Roadshow featured a set of Royal Doulton Vases that sold at auction for $17, 000. This television episode highlighted the pure value of these works of art in today’s society. Below we have brought together a collection of popular and valuable ‘Antique Royal Doulton Floral Vases’.
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.
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 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
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.
Glass-blowing is a glass-forming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble, or parison, with the aid of a blowpipe, or blow-tube. A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer.