Dad's stuffed bear shows lots of loving wear and play
Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:36 p.m.
Q: I have my father's favorite toy, a stuffed lion. My father was born in 1911, so I would date this from maybe mid-1920s. The toy is about 12 inches long. There are no manufacturer's tags and no telltale hole in either ear. The limbs and head are articulated. The toy is well worn. Any information you could give me on this toy would be much appreciated.
A: Wow, what an adorable item, showing lots of loving and play from your dad. I do not know what company produced the lion. You might get some help with identity from the folks at Just Kids Nostalgia. The website is www.justkidsnostalgia.com. Good luck.
Q: Can you tell me what the attached picture shows, what it was used for, the meaning of the words and approximate value? I was not able to find a meaning for "cort." A friend suggested that the "jar" may have been a decoration in an apothecary. Although it resembles an apothecary jar, it has no opening except for a tiny round hole on the bottom of the back and a large hole on the bottom. There are no markings other than the words "Cort Meserei." I bought the two jars in a resale shop for $3 because they were so unusual.
A: The jar is likely made of milk glass so it could be lighted at night. I think it is a reproduction. One reason is the misspelling of mezerei, with an "s" rather than a "z." Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can, and your catch was good.
Q: I have a book titled "Prayers written at Vailima" by Robert Louis Stevenson. On the front jacket it says "reproduced in colours and gold after the original illuminations by Alberto Sangorski with an introduction by Mrs. Stevenson." On the back of the jacket it says "Chatto & Windous St Martins Lane London Fourth Impression MCMXXVIII." The first letter and border on each page is in floral and leaf designs in blue, green, pinks and gold. Please provide information, including the year this was published and possible estimated value.
A: The book was originally published in 1910. Your 1928 fourth impression edition in excellent condition has a potential dollar value as high as $150 or as low as $25 in regular condition. To check with a specialist, contact Dotti Delfino, president of Florida Antiquarian Booksellers, at 262-6338. Let us know what you discover.
Q: I would very much appreciate your opinion of the enclosed acrylic drawing by Anton Pieck. I believe the title is "The Green Grocer," but I do not know how I came by that knowledge. The detail is very fine, which is not seen in the picture. Please tell me what you can about the artist and the value.
A: I wish you had included a good, clear photograph. Anton Pieck, 1899-1987, was a Dutch artist. He produced a wide variety of etchings, genre, landscapes, and Arabian scenes. Your genre picture appears to be of a street market vendor's scene. I think it would sell in the $100 to $200 range.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email email@example.com.
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