Reader seeks buyer for 'massive' dog figurine collection
Published: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Q: I have a collection of dog figurines — not just a collection — a mass of about 400 figurines in which all are name brand, as in Goebel, Royal Dux, Royal Doulton and Beswick. I am not looking to auction them off for pennies on the dollar and chance it, but just maybe you or a friend may know of a buyer or dealer to take possession of the beauties. I am not looking for top dollar. I am looking for a situation where we both can profit and leave with a smile.
— C., Internet
A: Yes, a mass indeed. What to do with all the dogs? Goebel is in the ho-hum category, Royal Dux is collected, as are Royal Doulton figurines, currently Beswick is at the top of this list. I suggest you divide them by maker and then pursue those collecting categories.
Q: I met you a long time ago at the Alachua County Library, along with my good friend, James, who is a regular caller on your show. I was a personal family friend of Bo Diddley and sax player with him for more than 30 years.I am also a big fan of yours and the show for many years. I have an eclectic collection of odds and ends, and this old print is one of them. I am not particularly thrilled with the subject matter, but appreciate it anyway. I am wondering if these old prints are of any value, and I would gladly part with this one if it is. Or just hang onto it for a room I decorated in 1940s style.
— N.S., Gainesville
A: Thank you for the kind words. At first, I thought you were going to ask about Bo Diddley memorabilia. I imagine your "Remember When" moments relative to Bo Diddley are numerous. As a caller to the radio show, James is a wonderful resource of information on various subjects.
The style of the picture you have is genre, depictions of life circumstances, and is typical of late Victorian times. I am sure it is a print and would be of decorative interest, but not specific collector interest. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can, and $50 would be a lucky catch.
Q: I need to know of someone who can give me the value of old-fashion tools. I have three antique clamps, all made of wood, in good condition. Also, I have a number of valve tools, some are for removing valve guides from Model A Ford engines and early V-8 Ford engines. There are others for various engines that I cannot remember. All are in sound condition. I have not had my hands on them for more than 30 years.
— S., Internet
A: The all-wood clamps were likely made in the 19th century. Unless made by a known woodworker, they typically sell for less than the $50 range. For more research, check the Martin J. Donnelly Tool Auction website at www.mjdtools.com.
For the automobile items, get a copy of Hemmings Motor News. You will likely find interested people. You might also check out the automobile shows that are held periodically at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.