Cute little Kewpies have been around since 1909
Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.
Q: Enclosed is a photograph of my Kewpies. I would appreciate knowing the value, and who to contact for sale.
— W.G., Fort McCoy
A: Cute little Kewpies were created by Rose O'Neal in 1909. They are a sub-category of doll collecting. Reproductions have flooded the market for a long time. Since you are considering selling them, it would be best to contact a specialist. I suggest you contact Theriault's Doll Auctions. The website is www.theriaults.com. Good luck.
Q: While visiting my dad in Gainesville, I was flipping through the newspaper and came across your column. A friend of mine visited me from Germany. She brought me this tea set and said it has been in her family for three generations, and she would like for me to have it. I love it, but my problem is if it is worth anything. I do not feel right keeping it. I think it should be passed along to her daughter when she gets older. I feel guilty, so could you please help me to ease my mind from feeling guilty in Atlanta.
— L.A.L., Internet
A: There is no specific collector interest in the tea set. I was not able to find any information about the maker. The decoration in the oval panels showing a young girl seated in a gazebo has a storybook-theme look. Potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can. So your guilt is eased.
Q: I have a telegraph from The Western Union Telegraph Company, dated 1886. It was signed and sent by a "R.G. Ingersoll," who, upon research, I believe to be Robert G. Ingersoll of Dresden, N.Y., who was a remarkable orator and lawyer. I recently purchased his book, "Wit, Wisdom and Eloquence of Col. R.G. Ingersoll." He had a remarkable outlook on life for that era. Please let me know about the telegraph. How would I find out the value of this telegraph, and if there would be a buyer's market?
— B.L., Ocala
A: Ephemera, as paper goods are referred to in the trade, were originally meant to be discarded after use. It is a large, growing category of collecting. The Western Union Telegraph is in this category, but is currently low on the totem pole of collector interest. It would be a good idea to keep it stored in acid-neutral materials. Current potential dollar value is catch-as-catch-can.
Q: About 1940, my father gave me a scooter that had either three or four wheels. I sat on a flat seat, and I believe I steered it with my feet on the extended axle of the front wheels. The unique thing is there was a "T" handle that you would push forward and back to propel it. Can you provide me the name of this scooter?
— D.W., Internet
A: I remember the type of scooter you describe, but the trade name or maker eludes me. It was a push-pull type device. Perhaps it was called a push-pull scooter. It may even be in production currently; perhaps our readers can help out with this one.
Q: We have a movie poster from a Maurice Chevalier movie, circa 1932. I would like to sell it. Are there any local folks who might be interested?
— B.E., Internet
A: Movie posters are a specific category of collector interest. In order to help you, I need a couple good, clear photographs of your movie poster, including the dimensions.
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.
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