ANTIQUES

Little guy's face on Huebach porcelain figurine says it all


Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:45 p.m.

Q: We really enjoyed your WUFT-FM evening at Sweetbriar Inn a while ago. We learned a lot. Here is the picture of the figurine I showed you at the fundraiser. I hope you will do it again next year!

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This bisque porcelain figure was made by the Huebach Company in Germany during the late 19th century.

(Courtesy of John Sikorski)

— K.P., & B.W., Internet

A: Yes, it was fun, and I look forward to next year. The folks at Sweetbriar Inn were professional, courteous, and the hors d'oeuvres were wonderful.

Wow, what a descriptive face the little guy has as he tries to do his business on a chamber potty. This is the way folks did it in the old days when the outhouse was too far to go on a cold winter eve. I am sure your bisque porcelain figure was made by the Huebach Company in Germany during the late 19th century. Potential dollar value is less than $500.

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Q: This is the medal I showed you at the library seminar in Ocala. We do not recognize the name, "Thayer," on the medal. It appears to be a pin, but the clasp on the back is missing. It came from my grandmother's belongings, and she passed away in 1960. It is possible she found it when she worked at an antiques store.

— R.J., Internet

A: I am glad you sent good, clear photographs. I have not been able to identify the medal. Perhaps our readers will recognize it and fill in the blanks.

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Q: I have enclosed a picture of my Ericofon that is no longer working, and I am hoping you can tell me where I can get it repaired.

— D.P., Internet

A: I think I recall your dial telephone somewhere in my memory banks. I discovered your Ericofon was made by the North Electric Phone Company in Ohio. The color is called Taj Mahal White. This information comes from the Old Phone Works website. They offer restoration, parts and original dial phones for sale. The website is www.oldphoneworks.com. The telephone number is 800-843-1320.

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Q: I have an antique book that I would like valued. Maybe you can tell me a reputable dealer — or even better — maybe you can give me a bit of an idea as to the value. It is in good condition. It is one of a volume called "Japan," published in 1898 by JB Millet Company.

— K., Internet

A: I was not able to find any collector interest in your book. To investigate further, I suggest you contact the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association at 262-6338.

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 Ocala Star-Banner, 2121 SW 19th Ave. Road, Ocala, FL 34471-7752, or email absantique@aol.com.

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