Many figurative tobacco jars were made in the late 1800s and early 1900s, marked only with the letters “JM” or the letters and the printed word “Bohemia” or “Czechoslovakia”. The jars contained loose pipe tobacco, but they were not humidifiers designed to control humidity.
The figurative jars are around 18-20 inches tall with small statues of children sitting on chairs, a dog in a barrel, a man drinking beer, and even Buster Brown or gnomes. Some of the jars are also marked with a town, the location of one of the many factories like Aussig, Bohemia. Most of the jars were made of terracotta or majolica.
A revealing jar signed JM has buff colored edges showing the ceramic. The maker was Johann Maresch (1821-1914). He worked in many different factories and probably owned some. Other potters also used an initial mark. Johann Maresch’s pots sell for between $ 300 and $ 500. The work of other potters sells for less than $ 200.
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Question: I bought a silver pin with a large pink stone in the center during a real estate sale. It is marked “Sterling, LSP” Can you tell me who made it and how old it is?
Reply: LS Peterson Co. used “LSP” or “LSP Co.” as a trademark. The company was founded in Attleboro, Massachusetts, around 1943. Later it moved to Seekonk, Massachusetts. She made jewelry and novelties in sterling silver and silver metal. The company ceased operations in 1994.
Question: My daughter’s name is Kelly, and when she was little I started buying a little doll named Kelly who was Barbie’s “little sister”. They were sold for about $ 5 each, if I remember correctly. I’ve bought a dozen of them over the years, immediately putting them in a box to keep them safe. They are all in their original boxes. They have never been opened. Are they just a funny memory from his childhood, or will they be worth something in the future?
A: As you said, the 3 inch tall Kelly preschool doll was marketed as the younger sister of Barbie, Skipper and Stacie. Kelly was introduced in 1995 and retired in 2010. She was replaced by Chelsea in 2011. She was dressed in Halloween costumes, Christmas dresses and St. Patrick’s Day green for the holidays. She was sold both separately and in boxes with a Barbie. Selling prices for the Kellys in the Box range between $ 25 and $ 35 online.
Question: I would like to sell my Singer 66 Red Eye pedal sewing machine. The cabinet has seven drawers and comes with extras. This is number G4797403. What is it worth and how to sell it?
A: Isaac Merritt Singer began making sewing machines in 1850. IM Singer & Company was incorporated in 1851. The name was changed to Singer Manufacturing Co. in 1853. Singer invented the first practical electric sewing machines in 1889. According to the list of model numbers and dates on the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society website (ismacs.net), your sewing machine was manufactured in 1916.
Singer’s Model 66 was one of his most popular machines, and millions were sold between 1902 and 1960. The Red Eye model has ornate red and gold decoration, including red ovals that resemble eyes. Some people want an old sewing machine for its decorative value or for the style and quality of the furniture. Some like to sew on a pedal machine. The condition of the machine and the style of the cabinet determine the value. Old sewing machines in good condition with a nice cabinet can sell for a few hundred dollars. It’s easier to sell the sewing machine locally so you don’t have to ship it. Try to advertise on local websites like NextDoor or Craigslist. A Model 66 Red Eye five-drawer cabinet sold on eBay for $ 210 with two auctions.
Question: These folding travel alarms sometimes appear in thrift stores and flea markets. They are no longer in use, but are they worth collecting?
A: English watchmakers emigrated to the United States in the 18th century and brought with them the idea of the alarm clock. Hundreds of different models of alarm clocks have been produced. Westclox introduced an alarm clock in 1949 that turns a light on and off, then a buzzer sounds. Folding travel alarm clocks were a popular gift and accessory in the 1960s and 1970s. They came in gold, leather, and even snakeskin cases that slid or opened to reveal the clock face. . They died out in the 1980s when quartz alarm clocks became cheaper. Depending on the brand, travel clocks sell for anywhere from $ 30 to hundreds of dollars.
TRICK: Keep a list of the things you are looking for and the sizes that will suit your home. This includes the size of the room and the space needed to climb a large room up a staircase with a low ceiling or a sharp bend.
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