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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Sept. 1, 2014

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Written by TERRY AND KIM KOVEL   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:55

This Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin was incorrectly labeled ‘General Washington’ when it was made in the 1820s. It sold recently for $338 at DuMouchelles auction in Detroit.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Watch out for fake antiques, especially copies of well-known pieces. In about 1820, some potters in the Staffordshire district of England made portrait figures of famous politicians, actors and athletes to sell in local shops. Remember, this was a time when there were no color images of people except paintings.

Often the potters confused the personalities. A famous error was the figure of Benjamin Franklin made in about 1820. Some had the name "General Washington" painted on the front of the base.

In the 1950s, when Staffordshire figures were again very popular, many copies of both the correct and incorrect Franklin were made. Other old fakes still are around. Some are antique jokes, like "The Vicar and Moses," which shows a judge sleeping in court. "The Tithing" is another faked figure, a group with a tax collector taking a percentage of the crop – and a new baby – as a tax from a farmer and his wife (sometimes the farmer was less cynical and brought a pig).

Other named copies show well-known men of the day, including Shakespeare, the comic Joseph Grimaldi, a bust of Washington or even a pair of cricket bowlers. Be careful. It is harder to recognize the 1990s Chinese copies than it was the 1950s copies.

Q: We have a rocking chair that has been in my husband's family for about 60 years. It's Craftsman-style and has armrests. It also has the original leather seat cushion with springs. On the bottom of the seat it reads, "Northwest Chair Co., Tacoma, Wash." I'm having a hard time finding information about the company and our chair. I would like to sell it. What do you think it's worth?

A: The Northwest Chair Co. made furniture in South Tacoma from about 1900 to the 1950s. In the mid-1920s, they opened distribution warehouses in Los Angeles and Berkeley, Calif. An advertisement claimed the company made "bedroom, children's, dining room, kitchen, library and store chairs made of ash, birch, mahogany, oak and walnut." In addition to furniture, the company made airplane parts for Boeing in 1944. We've seen a similar Morris-type rocking chair priced at $100.

Q: My mother has a very old set of china. The mark on the back reads "T & R Boote and Co." and has an image of a ship called Tusculana. Do you have any information about the maker?

A: T. & R. Boote was founded by Thomas and Richard Boote in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, in 1842. The company made pavement tiles, Parian ware and earthenware. It began making white graniteware for export to the United States in 1888. Production was limited to tiles after 1906. T. & R. Boote used a boat as part of its mark from 1890 to 1906. Tusculana is the name of a pattern that was made from 1903 to 1906.

Q: I bought an advertising booklet that has a man's frowning face and "Dyspeptic Pete" on the front and a smiling face with "Happy Pete" on the back. It also reads "The Walther Peptonized Port Co., Sole Proprietors, Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A." I bought it at an estate. Can you tell me its history and value?

A: Walther's Peptonized Port contained port wine and pepsin and was advertised as a cure for dyspepsia (indigestion). It was sold in drugstores and advertised "for nursing mothers, tired women, old folks, invalids, convalescents, weakened and run down folks generally." Your 12-page booklet includes a story in verse about Peter Gradgrind, who changed from "Dyspeptic Pete" to "Happy Pete" after trying a bottle of Walther's Peptonized Port. Many medicinal remedies sold during the 19th and early 20th centuries contained alcohol, although it didn't have to be listed as an ingredient until the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906. Some popular remedies contained over 40 percent alcohol. Walther Peptonized Port was sold from about 1901 through 1915, so your booklet was published during those years. Value: $10 to $20.

Q: Is there any kind of a market for used shoe-topped roller skates from the 1940s? They're in very good shape, but I used them a lot because I used to dance in them several times a week.

A: Your skates are not what we'd call "collectible." That word would apply if, for example, someone famous once owned them. But it's possible you could sell them on eBay or Craigslist for $20 or even a little more.

Q: I found a very old straight razor in the original box. It was made by Johnson Brothers Hardware Co. of Cincinnati. How old is it? Are old razors collectible?

A: The Johnson brothers had a wholesale and retail hardware business in Cincinnati beginning in 1881. According to an 1886 listing, the company carried general hardware and "pocket and table cutlery." The name of the business became Johnson Bros. Hardware Co. in 1891. By then it was selling tools as well as hardware and cutlery. It still was in business in 1913, when it was listed in a directory of hardware dealers. Collectors of old razors want razors in good, unrestored condition. If you are thinking of selling the razor, don't polish it. The original box adds value. Old straight razors sell for $15 and up, depending on condition and maker.

Tip: Do not hang photographs in direct sunlight. The UV rays will damage photographs.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Campbell Kids print, "Tomato is a Fruit," blackboard, textured paper, 1970s, 8 x 10 inches, $15.
  • Pewter plate, round, Samuel Pierce, double touch mark, c. 1790, 8 inches, $105.
  • Wave Crest glass dresser box, oval, blue, pink flowers, enameled, marked "Kelva, CFM Co.," 5 1/2 x 4 inches, $240.
  • Carriage lamp, silver-plated, two gothic arches, glass panels, electrified, 1800s, 42 1/2 inches, $295.
  • Tea caddy, mahogany, casket shape, lion's head handles, ivory, brass, 8 x 12 inches, $355.
  • Coca-Cola tray, woman wearing yellow dress, wide white hat, 1920, 13 x 11 inches, $360.
  • Metal inkwell, figural, woman sitting in bathtub, copper surface, glass well, footed, Kercher Baths, Congress & Wabash, Chicago, c. 1916, 2 3/4 x 4 inches, $415.
  • Montblanc fountain pen set, propelling pencil, black hard rubber, clip, 1920s, baby size 0, $560.
  • Tiffany glass bowl, Favrile, iridescent gold, intaglio cut vine and leaf, flared rim, signed, 1925, 3 1/2 x 8 inches, $750.
  • Weather vane, running horse, full body, copper, zinc head, gilt, tan paint, Dexter, c. 1890, 18 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches, $1,530.

New. "Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, 2015," 47th edition, is your most accurate source for current prices. It's available this month and includes a special bonus section that helps you determine prices if you're downsizing and selling your antiques. It's the best book to own if you buy, sell or collect – and if you order now, you'll receive a copy with the author's autograph. This large-size paperback has more than 2,500 color photographs and more than 32,000 up-to-date prices for more than 700 categories of antiques and collectibles. You'll also find hundreds of factory histories and marks, a report on the record prices of the year and helpful sidebars and tips about buying, selling, collecting, and preserving your treasures. Available for $27.95 plus $4.95 postage. Purchase online at KovelsOnlineStore.com; by phone at 800-303-1996; at your local bookstore; or write to Price Book, P.O. Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

© 2014 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.



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This Staffordshire figure of Benjamin Franklin was incorrectly labeled ‘General Washington’ when it was made in the 1820s. It sold recently for $338 at DuMouchelles auction in Detroit.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 17:02
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Aug. 25, 2014

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Monday, 25 August 2014 12:39

Poison rings are part of history and mystery stories. Perhaps Lucrezia Borgia murdered her foes with her ring. This 18K gold ring with a hidden compartment has red enamel trim and an emerald set in the center. Advertised as a poison ring at a 2014 James Julia auction in Fairfield, Maine. It sold for $1,185.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Poison rings play a part in a lot of murder mysteries. Adversaries were removed with a flick of a ring cover over a glass of wine. The idea of a ring that held poison is thousands of years old, but it is the Victorian era that's called "the era of the poison ring." A ring was made to conceal a small compartment with a tight cover that could hold a poisonous powder. It was designed to be used to kill foes or to commit suicide if captured by enemies. But historians now think the rings were not often used to hold poison. Instead, the small compartment held religious relics, locks of hair of lovers, notes or other tiny memorabilia of a romantic or religious nature. The poison ring is not out of fashion. Internet ads offer hundreds of modern versions today. Prices range from under $40 for pewter or plated metal rings to thousands of dollars for gold rings set with precious stones.

Q: We purchased a stool in the 1970s while we were living in England. It's wood, 18 inches high, and has vertical fluted sections that join to make a circular outer case. When the top is raised, a hinged toilet seat appears. Under it is a compartment with a lidded ceramic potty jar. It also has a hinged slide-out footrest with a leather top. There are no marks on the wood frame. The lettering on the bottom of the jar reads, "Burleigh, Made in England." We have no idea of its origin or history. Can you help?

A: You have a type of commode the English call a "close stool." During the days before indoor plumbing, chamber pots with lids were usually kept under beds and used in the evenings when it was too dark or too difficult to go outside to an outhouse. The more well-to-do 18th-century family could afford a close stool, a small decorative cabinet that held a chamber pot inside. It was chair-seat height and had an opening on top so the user could sit somewhat comfortably. Later close stools were made with hinged outer lids that could be lifted to access the chamber pot. By the 1870s, many had a toilet seat and a lid. A pullout footrest made it easier for a child to use. Fancy close stools were designed to look like elegant pieces of furniture with stained woodwork and upholstered tops. With the advent of indoor plumbing, they were used as parlor stools or stands. The mark on your chamber pot was used in the 1930s by Burgess & Leigh, a British pottery company founded in 1862 in Burslem, England. The pottery started using the name "Burleigh Ware" in the 1930s, and it uses the same name today. Your close stool is worth about $200 to $300.

Q: I have been collecting Space Race-related mechanical banks for a few years. They're all pot metal, and some of them are labeled with the name of an American astronaut or a commercial bank. The shapes include a rocket, flying saucer, ray gun and spacecraft. What do you think they're worth?

A: Banks like yours were made from the 1950s into the early '70s by Dura Mold & Manufacturing Co. and Astro Manufacturing Co., both in East Detroit (now Eastpointe), Mich. Most were sold at wholesale prices to banks and insurance companies, which probably gave many of them away to new customers. While the banks are not very old, they appear to be scarce and are sought by an eager group of collectors. They sell online for $40 and up

Q: We have a booklet called Kellogg's Funny Jungleland Moving Pictures. The part of the cover with the title on it is orange and below that is a picture of an elephant and a giraffe dressed like people. The pages inside are illustrated with other animals dressed like people. They are cut into sections that can be moved to change the clothes the animals are wearing. It's marked "Copyright 1909 by W.K. Kellogg" and "Patented Jan. 15, 1907." The booklet is in pretty good shape other than a little hole in the fold of the book. What is it worth?

A: The booklet was a promotional item for Kellogg's Corn Flakes. It sells for about $10 today, but the hole in yours decreases its value.

Q: I recently inherited volumes of new collectible plates and plate sets and am researching venues to either bulk wholesale them or to offer them at below cost to a major retailer. Every plate I have looked at comes with a certificate of authenticity, a box, etc. All are new and in perfect condition. Do you know a retailer who might be interested in them?

A: Collector plates are hard to sell and almost all sell for less than their original value. Even the more expensive plates made by Danish manufacturers in the last 30 years have gone down in value. Most collector plates made by American makers sell for about $10 to $15 or less. If you want to sell the entire collection to a retailer, make a list of the plates you have and include the manufacturer's name and the name of the plate. Be sure to indicate that you have the certificate of authenticity and the box for each. You can contact an online source like Replacements.com or try local antiques or consignment shops. Remember, the retailer has to make money on the deal and you will be lucky to get half the price the retailer sells them for.

Tip: When you move, remember that there is no insurance coverage for breakage if the items are not packed by the shipper.

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Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Political poster, Ronald Reagan, "Jelly Bean Kid," caricature dressed as cowboy, big head, 1981, 33 x 21 inches, $45.
  • Franciscan teapot, Desert Rose pattern, lid, 4 cups, 9 inches, $125.
  • Kneeler, Gothic Revival, oak, carved, bible stand, pierced back nautical compass, open-form base, padded knee rest, 1890s, 36 x 18 1/4 inches, $280.
  • Louis Armstrong windup toy, tin lithograph, vinyl head, cloth clothing, trumpet, Japan, 1950s, 10 inches, $285.
  • Cigar lighter, countertop, pull-out torch wand, hole punch, Ideal, 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches, $330.
  • Police truncheon, wood, red band, turned handle, painted, c. 1860, 15 inches, $350.
  • Bronze sculpture, Sphinx, plinth base, patina, England, c. 1900, 7 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, $430.
  • Cane, horse head, jockey handle, silver-plated bronze, exotic wood, rubber ferrule, c. 1875, 37 inches, $485.
  • Stoneware jug, blue, gray, impressed "Burger, Rochester, N.Y.," 1886, 13 1/2 inches, 2 gallons, $740.
  • Scrimshawed whale's tooth, flag, cannon, drum, shield, red, white, blue, A. White, 1959, 7 1/2 inches, $3,305.

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ADDITIONAL IMAGES OF NOTE

Poison rings are part of history and mystery stories. Perhaps Lucrezia Borgia murdered her foes with her ring. This 18K gold ring with a hidden compartment has red enamel trim and an emerald set in the center. Advertised as a poison ring at a 2014 James Julia auction in Fairfield, Maine. It sold for $1,185. 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 12:52
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Aug. 11, 2014

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Monday, 11 August 2014 10:56
This Kelly Doll bag, a used Hermes limited edition, sold for $18,750 at a Heritage auction held last spring in New York City.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Vintage clothes can be inexpensive additions to a wardrobe, but sometimes vintage designer items are very expensive. A recent auction sold Hermes and other famous branded purses for thousands of dollars each. A used, limited-edition Hermes "Noisette Gulliver Leather Quelle Idole Kelly Doll Bag" in excellent condition sold at auction in April 2014. The humorous bag, with a smiling face, leather arms and feet, and a silver-colored metal "nose" and "eyes," brought $18,750. The price included the dust bag and box. Dozens of other used purses sold for more than $10,000 this year. Vintage designer purses are relatively new to auctions. They probably would not have been offered 20 years ago.

Q: We have a chest of drawers that has been in my family since the 1930s. It has six drawers with dark burled wood fronts and diamond-shaped pulls with enamel drops. The label on the back says, "Sligh Furniture Co., Grand Rapids, Mich." Do you have any information?

A: The Sligh Furniture Co. was founded in Grand Rapids in 1880 by Charles R. Sligh. The company was a mainstay of the city's furniture industry in the early 1900s, when Grand Rapids was considered the "Furniture Capital of the World." At first Sligh made inexpensive walnut bureaus with mirrors. Later it manufactured bedroom sets, chiffoniers and wardrobes in many styles. By the mid-1920s, Sligh claimed to be the largest manufacturer of bedroom furniture in the world. The company closed in 1932 but was reopened the next year by Sligh's son, Charles R. Sligh Jr., in Holland, Mich. The company went on to make grandfather clocks, office furniture and entertainment pieces. In 2011 Sligh was sold to Lexington Home Brands of Thomasville, N.C. Sligh chests like your 1930s piece sell today for $100 to $300.

Q: I have a porcelain vase with the words "Fraureuth, Made in Germany" on the bottom. It is marked with a crown above a circle. Inside the circle there's a small letter "c" and a capital letter "F." Handwritten above the mark is the name "G. Wokaty." Can you tell me who made the vase and how old it is?

A: Your vase was made by Porcelain Factory Fraureuth, which was in business in Fraureuth, Saxony, Germany, from about 1898 to 1935. It was successor to a porcelain factory that operated on the same site beginning in 1866. The handwritten name is probably the name of the decorator.

Q: I was office manager for a renowned big-game hunter, lecturer, photographer and fisherman. In 1970, he gave me a bracelet that he said was made from elephant hair. Can you give me any information about such a bracelet? I'm wondering how the value of something like this will be affected by the new laws about ivory. The bracelet appears to be made of seven strands of hair, or it could be just one long strand. The strands are slipped through knots of hairs so that the bracelet is adjustable.

A: Elephant-hair bracelets have been made for more than 1,000 years and are supposed to protect the wearer from harm, ward off sickness and bring good luck. Amelia Earhart wore an elephant-hair bracelet for years, but was not wearing it on her last flight in 1937 – when her plane disappeared. Bracelets are made from an elephant's tail hairs, which can be 2 or 3 feet long. The hairs are trimmed to a uniform thickness and boiled to soften them so they can be molded into shape. Poachers kill elephants for their tusks, but might also harvest the tail hair and sell it. Reputable companies sell elephant-hair jewelry made from hair that is shed naturally and found on the ground, so that is legal. Wear your bracelet. The natural oil on your skin will help preserve the bracelet. Your vintage elephant-hair bracelet is worth about $35 to $50.

Q: We inherited a collection of photographs that we would like to know more about. Each photo comprises duplicate prints pasted on a very hard card. The name "Keystone View Company" is listed on the side of the photos. This is printed at the bottom of one of the cards: "(97) 19163, Hail to the Heroes! Returning Troops on March En Route to Camp After Leaving Transport, New York Harbor." On the back of that card is a story about the pictures on the front. We have about 100 of these cards. Are they valuable?

A: You have a collection of "stereo cards." When two almost-identical pictures are viewed through a stereoscope, it produces a 3-D image. Stereoscopes were popular from the mid-1800s into the 1930s. The Keystone View Co. was one of the largest manufacturers of stereo cards, and had offices in several countries. The company was founded by Benneville Lloyd Singley in Meadville, Pa., in 1892. Keystone first published a series of stereo cards picturing World War I soldiers, battlefields and other military sites in 1923. Keystone became a subsidiary of Mast Development Co. in the 1960s and closed in 1972. The value of stereo cards is determined by maker and subject. A single card is worth $5 to $10. A complete set of World War I cards sells for about $100 to $150.

Tip: Remove traces of gum, adhesive tape and other sticky tape by rubbing the glue with lemon juice.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Purse, white wicker, seed beads, flower applique, braided handles, pink satin interior, gold-tone feet, Midas of Miami, c. 1960, 12 x 5 1/2 x 4 inches, $75.
  • Lawn sprinkler, figural, frog, iron, c. 1900, 8 3/4 inches, $240.
  • Mickey Mouse pull toy, drummer, Fisher-Price, 1941-'45, 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, $145.
  • Dedham plate, Snow Tree pattern, glazed earthenware, blue, white, 1929-1943, 8 1/2 inches, $245.
  • Match holder, cowboy boot, bootjack striker, cast iron, scalloped pedestal base, 1890-1910, 5 x 5 1/2 inches, $280.
  • Hermes scarf, "Le Tarot," silk twill, teal, multicolor, Annie Faivre, c. 1991, 35 in. square, $320.
  • Alto saxophone, Bundy II, brass, mother-of-pearl, chrome, black case, Selmer Co., 1900s, 28 inches, $480.
  • Apple peeler, pine, metal, blue paint, 19th century, 25 inches, $530.
  • Pickle caster jar, Spot Optic pattern, cranberry glass, flower, bird, metal frame, leaves, c. 1880, 9 x 5 inches, $690.
  • Cinnabar box, globe shape, dome cover, figures in garden, black and red lacquer, marked, 1900s, 5 x 11 3/4 inches, $1,795.
  • Wake table, mahogany, oval, gate-leg, square molded legs, 1800s, 28 x 48 x 70 inches, $3,840

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This Kelly Doll bag, a used Hermes limited edition, sold for $18,750 at a Heritage auction held last spring in New York City.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 12:26
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of Aug. 4, 2014

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Monday, 04 August 2014 12:43

This Anglo-Indian folding chair sold this spring for $590 at a Brunk auction in Asheville, N.C. It had some cracked pieces, but the typical carved decorations were intact.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Collectors in the 1950s usually wanted furniture and accessories in earlier styles, or perhaps a piece that represented the family's background, like a German stein or English china. But today collectors can see and buy items from all over the world on the Internet, and auctions have become more international.

Carved wooden furniture from 18th and 19th century China, painted chests from Scandinavia and Black Forest benches and tables with large, carved bears from Switzerland (although they were first sold as German) were not bought to use in many homes. But now interior designers and collectors want something "different" to decorate modern homes.

Anglo-Indian furniture that's elaborately carved still is a bargain because it is not well known. The British East India Co. explored the world, and had created industries in many ports by the 1700s. There was profitable trade in both Chinese and Indian furniture made for the British market. Samples of popular British chair styles, like Chippendale and Queen Anne, were sent to workmen in India to copy, and British tradesmen were sent to train Indian workers. The resulting furniture was a blend of cultures: British shapes and Indian woods like teak, ebony or rosewood. An inlay of ivory or silver was used on expensive pieces. An entire piece might be carved with a lacelike frame filled with birds and flowers.

There are many records of shipments of Anglo-Indian furniture, but little documented history. There even were complaints from British cabinetmakers that the quantity of imported furniture was harming their business. Today, an average Anglo-Indian carved chair in good condition made before 1900 auctions for $150 to $300. Small center tables go for $500 or more.

When you buy, be sure any damage is minor and can be repaired, because the carvings often break.

Q: My wife recently acquired a metal mechanical bank titled "Monkey Bank." It's 7 1/4 inches long. A monkey sits on one end, and an organ grinder on the other. When you put a coin in the monkey's mouth and press the lever behind him, the monkey flies forward and "deposits" the coin into the organ held by the organ grinder. Do you know the age or value?

A: The original Monkey Bank you describe was produced by the Hubley Manufacturing Co. of Lancaster, Pa., probably in the 1920s. Originals, however, are nearly 9 inches long. Reproductions abound. Some were produced using molds made from original banks, which is why the copies are smaller than originals. An original Monkey Bank recently sold for close to $600. Copies sell for $15 to $25.

Q: I have a blue-and-white beaded purse with a metal clasp and chain. It's needlepoint with cut steel beads. It was my grandmother's, so it must be 60-80 years old. Does it have any value, and where can I sell it?

A: Beaded purses were popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many were imported from Europe. Beadwork was a popular form of needlework, and directions for making beaded bags were printed in women's magazines. Beaded purses are still popular fashion accessories and are made by some well-known designers today. Any vintage clothing store will be interested in your beaded purse if it's in good condition. Price depends on style, intricacy of the design and condition. Good purses sell for $150 to $250, while exceptional examples have brought about $800.

Q: I have a Heineken beer mug marked "Blue Delfts" on the bottom. I thought it ought to say "Delft." Do I have a fake

A: That depends on what you mean by "fake." You don't have an antique piece of Dutch delft pottery. They are not marked the way yours is. And while Heineken beer has been around for more than a century, blue-and-white pottery with that brand name on the front was made as giftware much more recently. Your mug might not even have been made in Holland. A mug like yours sells online for about $10.

Q: My mother gave me three nun figurines. The bottom of each figurine is marked "Dave Grossman Designs, copyright 1971, MEM." Two of the figurines also have paper stickers that read "Made in Japan." Can you provide any information on these figurines and their value?

A: David Grossman opened his company in Hazelwood, Mo., in 1968. The company made figurines, limited editions, music boxes, ornaments and snow globes. Some of the popular series of figurines made by Dave Grossman include Norman Rockwell, Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. The company was one of several sued by Warner Brothers for copyright and trademark infringement because Grossman used characters from Warner Brothers movies and cartoons. The suit was settled in 2014. The value of your figurines is about $10 each.

Tip: Don't leave vinyl tablecloths or rubber or plastic placemats on a wooden tabletop for a long time. They may react with the finish and cause damage.

Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel answer questions sent to the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of photographs, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The amount of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Auction Central News, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.

CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Royal Crown Derby plate, molded white basket-weave border, gilt center medallion and rim, c. 1900, 9 1/4 inches, 12 pieces, $95.
  • Barbie doll, No. 3, blond ponytail, Picnic Set outfit, c. 1960, $115.
  • Fostoria cake stand, pressed glass, frosted, artichoke, upturned high and low rims, c. 1891, 5 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches, $185.
  • Peanut roaster, "Hot Peanuts," painted tin, Kingery Manufacturing Co., c. 1905, 65 inches, $360.
  • Stoneware jug, cobalt blue spotted bird, impressed "Edmands & Co.," New York, 1800s, 13 1/2 inches, $420.
  • Mid-century pottery vase, cylinder, incised linear design, gray matte glaze, signed "Harrison McIntosh," 4 x 5 inches, $500.
  • Golf markers, molded heart shape, painted zinc, 1900s, three pieces, $545.
  • Telescope, brass, spotter scope, collapsible steel tripod stand, J.H. Steward, Victorian, 46 inches, $815.
  • Garden bench, neoclassical, Sienna marble, acanthus-carved supports, c. 1900, 18 x 72 inches, $1,875.
  • Cabinet, teak, shelves, door, fall-front and sliding drawers, Peter Hvidt, Denmark, c. 1960, 66 x 53 inches, $2,460.

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This Anglo-Indian folding chair sold this spring for $590 at a Brunk auction in Asheville, N.C. It had some cracked pieces, but the typical carved decorations were intact.

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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 28, 2014

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Monday, 28 July 2014 14:09
This Rookwood tile featuring a dark blue rook on a branch was used for advertising by the famous Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati about 1915. One sold in 2012 at a Humler and Nolan auction in Cincinnati for $5,250.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – Rookwood pottery probably is the most famous of the art potteries made in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was started by Maria Longworth Nichols of Cincinnati in 1880, the first of many art potteries founded by women.

She saw some French Haviland pottery at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and after experimenting she was able to make pottery with similar decorations. In 1880, she started the Rookwood pottery where they made white graniteware and yellow clay pieces. By the next year they were making vases with underglaze blue or brown prints, some with Japanese inspired designs. A few years later the main product had "standard glaze," a more even-shaded glaze. Rookwood used many glazes, decorating techniques and designs before it went bankrupt in 1941, and it has been bought and sold several times since then. The company now makes new items, architectural tiles and art pottery.

The best of Rookwood sells for high prices, modern pieces for very little. But the company has always marked pieces with marks that can be dated. The most famous is the RP mark with flames. After 1900, Roman numerals were added that give the year of manufacture. One unusual Rookwood piece that collectors like is the advertising tile made in 1915. It was given to stores that had Rookwood pottery in the giftware section. Today the 4-inch-by-8-inch tile picturing a bird called a Rook sells for more than $5,000.

Q: I have a solid oak glider rocking chair that belonged to my grandparents, who were married in 1894. The label on the underside of the seat reads "Wisconsin Chair Co." Can you tell me something about this company and if the rocker has any value as a collectible?

A: The Wisconsin Chair Co. was in business in Port Washington, Wis., from 1888 to 1954. The company began making McLean Patent Swing Rockers in 1891. By the next year the Wisconsin Chair Co. was making a line of "fancy floor rockers and platform spring rockers," declaring that "all of our designs for 1892 are new and tasty." The company was the largest employer in Port Washington. The factory was destroyed by a fire in 1899 but was rebuilt and the company continued to make chairs until it closed in 1954. Montgomery Ward sold several styles of McLean Patent Swing Rockers in its 1895 catalog for about $3 or $4. Platform rockers don't sell well today. Your rocker might be worth $100-$200.

Q: I have an oak spool cabinet with nine drawers. It reads "Willimantic Co." on the top drawer. There is a picture of an owl with a spool of thread around its neck. It is sitting on a branch with the moon behind it. It has the original hardware and lettering on six of the drawers. Can you tell me its age and value?

A: Austin Dunham and Lawson Ives bought a cotton mill in Willimantic, Conn., in 1854 and founded the Willimantic Linen Co. The company began making thread for sewing machines soon after. Before the 1850s, colored thread came in skeins, and black and white thread came on spools. Willimantic was one of the first to make colored thread on spools. The owl was a logo used by the company. The company opened a factory to make wooden spools in Howard, Maine, in 1879. The name of the town was changed to Willimantic in 1881. Willimantic Linen Co. became part of the American Thread Co. in 1898. Your spool cabinet was probably made in the late 1800s. Its value is more than $1,000.

Q: I have a Beatles metal lunch box made by Aladdin Industries. It's light blue with the faces of the four Beatles and facsimiles of their autographs on the front and a picture of the band playing their instruments on the back. It has a small amount of rust and the original thermos is missing. The inside has a poem about safety rules from the National Safety Council. I've seen these sell for upward of $1,000 on the Internet and I'm wondering what this is worth.

A: Don't believe every price you see on the Internet. Look for prices of items that actually sold. Sellers can ask high prices, but items don't always sell for that much. Lunch boxes in good condition, with no rust, and complete with thermos sell for the highest prices. A lunch box like yours with thermos sold for $450 in 2012. Another, in good condition but without the thermos, sold at auction in 2013 for $300.

Q: I have an Emmett Kelly Jr. Collection figurine called "The Teacher." It's marked "Flambro, made in Taiwan, Republic of China." Is it worth anything?

A: "The Teacher" is one of several figurines made of Weary Willie, a clown dressed as a hobo. The character was created in 1933, during the height of the Depression, by Emmett Kelly Jr.'s father, who also was a circus performer. Emmett Kelly Jr. (1923-2006) performed as "Weary Willie" from 1960 until 2006. Flambro Imports was in business in Atlanta, Ga., from 1965 to 2006. The company imported figurines, giftware and other items. Flambro sold more than one line of Emmett Kelly Jr. figurines, and prices vary. Your figurine was made between 1987 and 2002 and sells for about $50 today.

Tip: Rearrange your furniture so valuable silver or paintings can't be seen from the street.

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CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Buffalo Pottery cup and saucer, Blue Willow, marked, 1911, $45.
  • Fenton cruet, Coin Dot, cobalt blue, reeded handle, 7 inches, $95.
  • Amberina water pitcher, Spot Optic, spiral ribs, reeded handle, c. 1890, 8 1/2 inches, $185.
  • Cribbage-dominos game set, bone dominoes, red, brown circles, sliding box-top board, made by prisoner of war, c. 1810, 5 1/2 inches, $210.
  • Cookie jar, black mammy, hands on hips, yellow scarf, white apron, zigzag border, Brayton Laguna, c. 1950, 12 1/2 inches, $280.
  • Chalkware figurine, stag, reclining, painted reddish brown, c. 1850, 9 inches, pair, $425.
  • Wall bracket, giltwood, serpentine, plume-carved, Continental, c. 1780, 15 inches, $565.
  • Chair, Charles & Ray Eames, yellow fiberglass, enameled steel, Herman Miller Furniture Co., 1940s, 32 x 25 inches, $625.
  • Souvenir plates, Duke University, blue transferware school scene, raised border, Wedgwood, 1937, 10 5/8 inches, 8 pieces, $770.
  • Cutlery box, Federal, mahogany, string inlay, slant top, c. 1800, 15 x 9 inches, $3,185.

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This Rookwood tile featuring a dark blue rook on a branch was used for advertising by the famous Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati about 1915. One sold in 2012 at a Humler and Nolan auction in Cincinnati for $5,250.
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Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 21, 2014

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Monday, 21 July 2014 09:50
The figures on this Anna Pottery vase made in the 1860s give a message about the Civil war, slavery and the evils of alcohol. It sold for $69,000 at a Crocker Farm auction in March.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio - Artists often express political ideas in their work, and many years later, collectors have trouble understanding the politics.

Kirkpatrick/Anna pottery worked from 1839 to 1896 in Illinois and made pottery jugs and other useful containers. But they also created some very strange jugs. Pottery pigs marked with railroad routes were made in the 1870s and 1880s to give to politicians, important owners or employees of the railroads. Those pigs sell today for about $12,000 up to a record price of $35,000.

But mysterious "Temperance" jugs were decorated with three-dimensional figures that can be confusing to someone from the 21st century. One spectacular salt-glazed jug, 10 1/4 inches high, was made with more than 18 applied designs representing the Civil War, slavery and the drinking of alcohol. There is a bust of a Union soldier with a goatee being bitten by a snapping turtle. The rear end of a man in red pants "going in" probably is a reference to the evils of alcohol that "trap" him in the whiskey jug. One of the many snakes on the jug is eating a thin, bearded man. The head of a man, perhaps Abraham Lincoln, is shown near an eagle. The head of a black man and loose pottery chains represent slavery. A man smoking a pipe and drinking from a mug, and a classical figure of a woman holding a lyre still are unidentified.

The jug is well-marked, with the words "from Kirkpatrick Anna Pottery, Anna Union Co, Ills." It may be the most amazing of all of the Anna Pottery message pieces, and it sold at a Crocker Farm auction in Sparks, Md., for $69,000 in March.

Q: I have a glass compote with a frosted stem and foot. The stem has three female faces in relief. The clear-glass bowl has a piecrust edge. It has been in my family for a long time. Can you give me any information about it?

A: Three Face is a pressed glass pattern made by George A. Duncan & Sons, which later became Duncan and Miller Glass Co. It was designed by John Ernest Miller in 1878, and the designer's wife supposedly was the model for the face. Three Face pattern glass was made until 1892. However, it has been reproduced. Original, early pieces sell for high prices, but reproductions sell for about $100.

Q: I bought a Vibro-Shaver at a garage sale and would like some information about it. I have the original box and the instructions, but it doesn't say who made it or the year it was made. It runs and is in excellent condition. It still has the original price tag of $5. What is it worth today?

A: Vibro was advertised in a 1937 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine as the only nonelectric, automatic shaver made. The razor blade is held in the detachable head, which vibrates when the "key" on the front is wound. Shavers are not a popular collectible. Vibro-Shavers with original box sell online for $15 to $20 today.

Q: I have a silver-plated demitasse spoon by Crown Silver Plate Co. The engraving in the bowl of the spoon is of an old battleship. The letters on top read "Battleship Maine," and underneath the ship it reads "Captain Sigsbee." The ship sunk in Havana Harbor on Feb. 15, 1898. I'd like to know if this spoon has any value.

A: The battleship Maine was sent to Cuba in January 1898 to protect American interests during Cuba's fight for independence from Spain. On Feb. 15, an explosion onboard sank the ship. The cause was never definitely determined. The sinking inspired the slogan "Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain" and spurred America's entrance into the Spanish-American War. To commemorate the sinking, several silver companies made souvenir spoons picturing the battleship in the bowl and the head of Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee on the finial at the end of the handle. The name "Crown Silver Plate Co." was used on silver flatware made by J.W. Johnson of New York City in 1898. Souvenir spoons like yours sell for about $5.

Q: I have a hobo clown doll that has been in my family since at least the early 1950s. It is 18 inches tall, has a hard-plastic head and cloth body, and a hand crank on the back that produces a laughing sound when turned. The doll has a cloth tag that reads "Gund Mfg. Co., J. Swedlin Inc." I have tried to learn more about it, and Gund says they have no record of this doll. Can you help?

A: Gund made your clown doll sometime between 1954 and 1957. German immigrant Adolph Gund started his company in 1898 in Norwalk, Conn. He retired in 1925 and sold the business to Jacob Swedlin with the understanding that the Gund name would continue to be used. Swedlin ran the company with his brothers. They changed the company's name to J. Swedlin Inc. but kept Gund as a trade name. Gund was bought by Enesco in 2008 and continues to make plush toys. The laughing box mechanism inside your clown doll is actually a phonograph-like device that plays a small record. It was patented in 1953. The device was used in millions of toys, including your clown doll and other toys made by Gund and other companies, until 1957. Your laughing clown doll would sell for $25 to as much as $100 if it's in good condition and still laughs.

Tip: If you are selling a car, rug, quilt or upholstered furniture and do not smoke, your ad should mention that it was owned by a nonsmoker. That is a plus for many buyers.

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CURRENT PRICES

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

  • Currier & Ives print, Sinking of the Cumberland, lithograph, hand-colored, frame, 1800s, 17 x 21 inches, $60.
  • Orrefors bowl, clear, frosted dancing nude women, birds, deer, hexagonal, signed Simon Gate, c. 1945, 3 x 8 x 9 inches, $185.
  • Staffordshire group, Tithe Pig, minister, man holding pig, woman with baby, tree, circa 1830, 6 1/2 inches, $200.
  • Barber pole, carved wood, red and white paint, circa 1900, 67 inches, $240.
  • Indian Motorcycle sign, yellow-and-red logo, wood, round, Springfield, Mass., 1900s, 24 inches, $440.
  • Apron, flowers, rockwork embroidery, silk, shadowbox frame, Chinese, 50 x 25 inches, $610.
  • Chair, grain-painted, gilt stencils, turned crest rails, double cornucopia splats, ring-turned legs, circa 1825, 34 inches, pair, $620.
  • Print, Le Tresor Coree, Japanese woman holding small child, signed Paul Jacoulet, circa 1940, 19 x 14 inches, $710.
  • Doorstop, Old Salt sailor, cast iron, painted, black face, yellow slicker, holding knife, early 20th century, 14 inches, $1,650.
  • Schwinn bicycle, Black Phantom, painted black and red, chrome, leather seat, balloon tires, boy's, circa 1955, 20 inches, $4,025.

Contemporary, modern and mid-century ceramics made since 1950 are among the hottest collectibles today. Our new special report, "Kovels' Buyers' Guide to Modern Ceramics: Mid-Century to Contemporary," identifies important pottery by American and European makers. Includes more than 65 factories and 70 studio artists, each with a mark and dates. Works by major makers, including Claude Conover, Guido Gambone and Lucie Rie, as well as potteries like Gustavsberg, Metlox and Sascha Brastoff, are shown in color photos. Find the "sleepers" at house sales and flea markets. Special Report, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 64 pp. Available only from Kovels for $19.95 plus $4.95 postage and handling. Order by phone at 800-303-1996, online at Kovels.com ; or mail to Kovels, Box 22900, Beachwood, OH 44122.

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The figures on this Anna Pottery vase made in the 1860s give a message about the Civil war, slavery and the evils of alcohol. It sold for $69,000 at a Crocker Farm auction in March.
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:13
 

Kovels Antiques & Collecting: Week of July 14, 2014

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Monday, 14 July 2014 08:45
J. and J.W. Meeks of New York City made this classical drop-leaf table about 1840. It has a stenciled label in the drawer with the address of the workshop from 1836 to 1855. It extends to 45 inches long. The table sold for $1,075 at Neal Auction this spring in New Orleans.

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – No matter how large a house is, there always seems to be a need for more space. During the 19th century, especially in the South, homes often had long, wide front halls that went from the front door to the back door. That allowed the air to circulate and helped cool the house.

Clever furniture makers created a table that could be stored against the wall until it was needed. The table had deep drop leaves hinged to a narrow top. When opened, the leaves were supported by "swing" legs, and the extended table could open to 45 inches long and 32 inches wide. Sometimes the table was made with an under-the-top storage drawer that opened from the side. This type of drop-leaf table was made in the 16th century and has been made in a variety of styles, including modern versions made in the 21st century.

 

Q: I have been trying to get more information about a porcelain nut bowl that belonged to my grandmother. It has slightly curved sides and two gilt handles. It is painted with squirrels and grass on the outside and pinecones on the inside. The mark on the bottom is a shield with the words, "HC, Royal Bavaria, Patent Application." How old is it? Is there is any value other than as a family treasure?

 

A: Your nut dish was made in Bavaria (Germany) sometime between 1890 and 1914 but decorated in the United States. The decorating of porcelain "blanks" by independent artists rather than factory-employed artists was popular in the United States from the 1870s to the 1930s. It began in Cincinnati in 1874, when Mary Louise McLaughlin saw a set of European china paints and urged her art instructor to organize a class in china painting. The class was so successful that the ladies in the class exhibited their work at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. By 1900 there were an estimated 20,000 china painters in America. For the most part, they used china blanks imported from Germany and France. Your nut dish is worth about $35 to $50. Rare forms, such as condensed milk containers and celery dishes, usually bring higher prices than ordinary plates, cups and bowls.

 

Q: I have a small metal toy chair that was a prize in a Cracker Jack box many years ago. From information we have, we think it's from about 1915. Can you give us some information about Cracker Jack toys and what they are worth?

 

A: Cracker Jack has been a popular snack for more than 100 years. A combination of popcorn, peanuts and molasses was introduced at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, but the name "Cracker Jack" wasn't used until 1896. Prizes were put in every box beginning in 1912. Miniature metal toys were included in early years, plastic toys later. Collectors look for old Cracker Jack toys, boxes and advertising materials. The Cracker Jack Collectors Association is a club with a newsletter for collectors (www.crackerjackcollectors.com/cjcahistory.htm). Some early Cracker Jack toys sell at auctions or online for $10 or $15, but some that are rare or more desirable can sell for much more.

 

Q: I have two glass decanters with pewter overlay and pewter stoppers. The bottles have pinched sides, and the word "Haig's" is molded on the bottom. The base of the pewter is marked "Ngan Winghing" and "Made in Hong Kong." About when were they made?

 

A: Haig's is a famous brand of whiskey. Haig's pinch bottles were first made in 1893. Bottles with overlay probably were made at Christmastime. Your pewter overlay bottle is relatively new. Several companies in Hong Kong use the name "Wing Hing." Your pewter decanter may have been made by Wing Hing Metal Manufactory Ltd., a company that makes and exports metal products, including promotional items, metal boxes, badges, toys and other items. The company has been in business for more than 25 years.

 

Q: I recently rediscovered an album containing Beatles cards that I collected after the Beatles first arrived in the United States. They were the size of baseball trading cards, and had pictures of the Beatles engaged in activities. My Beatles cards are in perfect condition. Are they worth anything?

 

A: The Topps Co. released seven series of Beatles-themed bubble-gum trading cards in 1964, after the Fab Four made their first trip to the U.S. The first three sets in the series featured black-and-white photographs of John, Paul, George and Ringo, with blue facsimile signatures, totaling 165 cards. They were followed by a "Color Card" series of 64 cards, with questions, answers and facts on the back, a "Beatles Diary" series of 60 cards, with color photographs and "diary entries" by each Beatle on the back and a "Hard Day's Night" series of sepia-tone cards with pictures from the movie. There also is a series of 55 oversized "Beatles Plaks" cards, with photographs and slogans about the Beatles on shaped "plaks" that could be punched out and put together to form a chain-like display. Collectors also look for the wrappers and boxes they came in. Beatles Plaks cards are the hardest to find and therefore the most expensive. Other Beatles trading cards can sell for a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the set and condition of the cards. Beatles trading cards from the 1990s and 2000s are worth very little.

 

Tip: Avoid flies. They leave droppings on mirrors, pictures and chandeliers. Flyspecks on pictures can be carefully removed with a knife blade. Glass can be washed.

 

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CURRENT PRICES

 

Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, flea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions.

 

Compact, Yardley, gold-tone, black and white enamel, fitted interior, hinged, 1931, 2 1/2 x 2 inches, $40.

Ironstone bowl and pitcher, Grosvenor pattern, flowers, Charles Meigh, Old Hall Pottery, circa 1860, child's, two pieces, $160.

Aneroid barometer and thermometer, shaped oak case, ormolu mounts, circa 1880, 43 x 14 1/4 inches, $240.

Flask, liberty eagle, olive green, Willington Glass Co., 1800s, 6 inches, $265.

Whirligig, "Dewey Boy," sailor holding paddles, carved wood, painted, Nantucket, 1911, 22 x 36 inches, $430.

Cupboard, hanging, raised panel door, fitted interior, blue paint, circa 1850, 28 x 24 inches, $500.

Doll, Sonneberg, bisque dome head, paperweight eyes, human-hair wig, wood and composition body, low-waist dress, circa 1870, 18 inches, $510.

Indian storage basket, Pit River, California, geometric designs, circa 1920, 8 1/2 x 12 inches, $595.

Kutani porcelain vase, baluster shape, animal-shaped handles, mythological scenes, wood base, 1800s, 14 inches, pair, $1,110.

Civil War albumen photograph, Union Gen. William Rosecrans, sitting near tent, mounted, 1863, 7 x 9 inches, $1,765.

 

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J. and J.W. Meeks of New York City made this classical drop-leaf table about 1840. It has a stenciled label in the drawer with the address of the workshop from 1836 to 1855. It extends to 45 inches long. The table sold for $1,075 at Neal Auction this spring in New Orleans.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 09:05
 
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