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’.
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…]
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
Joseph-Gabriel Rousseau, born in a small village outside of Chartres to a farming family. In 1913 he married Marianne Argyriadès, a highly cultured woman of Greek descent who fueled Rousseau’s interest in Greek and Classical art. After his marriage Rousseau added the first four letters of his wife’s maiden name “a-r-g-y” in homage to her cultural, emotional, and domestic support, signing his name “Argy-Rousseau” for the remainder of his artistic career.