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Archive for Sunday, September 2, 2001

Interest brewing for unusual teapots

September 2, 2001

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Unusual teapots have been popular for centuries. Many were made to resemble buildings, animals, fish or human figures.

One strange teapot shaped like a man holding his legs to the side and up in the air has been made for more than 150 years. One leg is a handle, one leg is the spout and his tricorner hat is the top.

These teapots were first made in the Staffordshire district of England but were copied by firms in other countries, including Japan. A reproduction of the original Enoch Wood Staffordshire teapot was made by Tony Wood between 1980 and 1991. A 20th-century teapot is clearly marked with the factory name and the country where it was made.

I just found a box of glasses that must have held whiskey. My great-grandfather had put them in the attic years ago. They are marked with a name, probably an old brand of whiskey. A few include the name of a city. Are these collected?

Old and new whiskey or spirit glasses are collected today. Few glasses made before 1900 are found. The early glasses, made between 1904 and 1915, are valuable.

The best glasses displayed a brand of liquor and the distiller or the city where they were made. Those listing just the brand are lower-priced.

Other value-adding features are pictures, colored print, unusual design, unique shape, gold rims, hand-painted enamel labels or labels under the glass. Designs were also etched, sandblasted or imprinted. Silk-screen printing was used after 1920.

I've tried without luck to find information about my mother's set of semiporcelain dishes. The plates and cups are square with a brown border. The dinner plates are decorated with a red-and-green-and-yellow rooster.

The serving pieces picture barns and fences. The mark on each piece reads "Orchard Ware, Hand Decorated, Made in California." Can you tell me who made the set and when it was made?

The mark on your dishes was used about 1957 by the Ceramic Manufacturing Co. of Calabasas, Calif. The trade name Orchard Ware was used earlier by a Los Angeles firm, Southern California Ceramic Co. The Orchard Ware dishes made by both companies were distributed by Newland, Schneeloch and Piek Inc. of New York City.

Can you tell me anything about a booklet I bought at a house sale? It's titled "Dennison's Decorated Crepe Paper and How to Use It." Inside are pages of party-decorating ideas and color pictures of pieces of crepe paper.

The crepe paper that's shown is decorated with pictures of people, cartoons, hearts, flowers and houses. It is not the kind of crepe paper we see today.

Dennison Manufacturing Co. was incorporated in Boston in 1878. The business was founded in the 1840s by Aaron L. Dennison. Until the 1880s, the firm was known as a manufacturer of paper tags, gummed labels and related products.

Crepe paper was invented in England in the 1880s, and Dennison started importing, advertising and selling it. Sales were brisk. By 1914, Dennison was manufacturing its own crepe paper and selling it in its own stores. Dennison published several craft booklets, plus larger books for use in schools. Dennison continued in business until 1990, when it merged with Avery International. Your booklet dates from the 1920s and is worth about $40.

Can you tell me what my father's toy car is worth? My father was born in 1902. When he was 8 years old, he was given a painted metal toy limousine made by Carette. It has a driver in the front seat, a luggage rack and an enclosed passenger compartment. It is in very good condition.

Your toy Carette limousine is valuable and should be seen by an appraiser. The Carette toy factory worked in Nuremberg, Germany, from 1886 to 1917.

Carette limousines were made in three lengths: 9, 12 1/2 and 15 1/2 inches. In top condition, one of the larger ones would sell for $5,000 or more.

My father sent a silver-colored charm bracelet home from Germany after World War II. Some of the charms look like small German military medals. Was it a custom to mount medals as charms on a bracelet? Can you estimate its value?

Charm bracelets were very popular during the 1930s and '40s. The charms on your bracelet are replicas of German military medals. They were made for a bracelet. You can also find charm bracelets with U.S. military medals. Your bracelet is worth about $100.

The Kovels answer as many questions as possible through the column. Write to Kovels, Lawrence Journal-World, King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y. 10019.

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