May 25,2007 00:00
Q: This is a picture of a vase that was given to my parents over 20 years ago. It was originally purchased in the late 1940s after World War II in Europe. The vase is about 14 inches tall and in perfect condition. Marked on the bottom are the words "Made in Austria, Hungary - 1904 - Zsolnay." Also included with the mark are five towers with crosses on top.
Could you give me any information on its history and value?
Your vase was made in the late 1800s and would probably be worth $1,000 to $2,000.
Q: This mark is on the base of a porcelain figurine of a young girl that I have. She stands over 6 inches tall and is wearing a blue gown and hat. Also included with the mark are the words "Grandmother's Dress - Modeled by F. G. Doughty" and the number "R.N. 799938 - 3081/2."
Any information would be appreciated.
A: Royal Worcester Pottery has been in business in Worcester, England, since 1851. The R.N. number shows the design was registered with the British government in 1935 and "3081/2" is the model number. Your figurine was in production from 1935 to 1983.
The value of "Grandmother's Dress" figurine would probably be $100 to $150.
Q: About 45 years ago, my aunt gave me a porcelain coffee pot in the shape of a woman. My aunt told me it was old at that time and it is in excellent condition. The woman has brown hair, a pink blouse with a blue collar, and an umbrella hanging from her arm. She is holding a white pitcher, which is the spout. Marked on the bottom are the words "Gesetzlich Geschutzt."
I would like to know if my coffee pot has any value.
A: Your figural coffee pot is a nice collectible that was made in Germany. "Gesetzlich-Geschutzt" are German words that mean the design is registered/patented with the government.
Your coffee pot would probably be worth $125 to $225.
Q: I still have a Marx "Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots" toy that was given to me in the 1960s. Two 9 inch tall robots stand on a 14-square-inch yellow plastic boxing ring. White plastic ropes surround the ring. There are push-button controls on each side to operate the robots. When a punch is scored, the robot's head pops up on a spring.
My toy is in mint condition and I would like to know if it has any value today.
A: Toys made by Louis Marx are highly collectible. He started his toy company after World War I and after years of producing extremely popular toys, he sold it to Quaker Oats Co. for over $31 million in the 1950s.
Your circa 1960s Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots would probably be worth $150 to $225. Add the original box and the value climbs to at least $275. That rocks!Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters. © Copley News Service