Ask AT: Berryman cartoon could bring $1K

Here is a Max Schmeling cartoon by Jim Berryman. The size of the cartoon is about 18 inches across by 14 inches deep. It was given to my brother who was a student of Berryman, who was a cartoonist for the Washington Evening Star newspaper in Washington, D.C., in the 1930s. I think it was done for the first Schmeling-Joe Louis fight in 1936 rather than the rematch in 1938. I had it framed and thought I should have it insured. There are several notes on the piece in a very light blue pencil. Thank you.
— T.D., Arkadelphia, Ark.

A Maximillian Adolph Otto Siegfried Schmeling (Sept. 28, 1905-Feb. 2, 2005) was a German heavyweight champion of the world between 1930 and 1932. His two fights with Joe Louis transcended boxing and became worldwide social events because of their national associations. He was ranked 55 on Ring Magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time, all this according to Wikipedia.

Berryman has his own following. The U.S. Senate’s political cartoon collection includes approximately 230 cartoons by Pulitzer prize winner Jim Berryman, son of the prolific satirist/cartoonist/creator of Roosevelt’s “teddy bear” Clifford K. Berryman. Original illustration art is very popular these days and other Berryman cartoons have sold in the $500 to $600 range, but yours crosses so many more collecting genres. It’s a wonderful piece of Americana and boxing lore. There’s no telling what two spirited bidders could spend on this, but $500 to $1,000 would be a good start.

Q I’ve had these two things for several years. I would appreciate your input and valuation on them. Thank you in advance for your help.
— G.S., LaJolla, Calif.

You certainly have an eye for unusual items. The large deco-influenced grey metal box with wires coming out is a vintage drive-in move speaker, which dates to the 1940s-50s — the ones you once hung on your window to listen to the film. It’s worth about $50.

The odd looking contraption equipped with four green glass vessels is a Zenith Leader Jewelry Cleaner. This looks very similar to the watch cleaner we investigated some issues back. Its value is around $100. 

Eric Bradley is the editor of Antique Trader magazine and a former producer of the Atlantique City Antiques Show. He has been buying, selling and trading antiques and collectibles for 15 years. He can be reached via e-mail at or in care of Antique Trader Magazine, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990.

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