Q This stuffed dogs from Disney’s 101 Dalmatians is 5 feet tall. It is pure white and black cotton. What might it be worth?
– S.T., Cleveland, Ohio
A The value of your large 101 Dalmatians stuffed dog will depend on the age and condition. If it was a tie-in to the original early 1960s animated Disney movie it will have a greater value than if it was a later production. There, of course, was a fairly recent non-animated remake of this early movie.
If your big dog does date from the early 1960s and is in fine condition, with no rips or stains, it should be quite collectible. I haven’t seen similar pieces on the market, but my best guess is that it could certainly be valued in the $100-$300 range, if not more because of its scarcity.
Q We found this lamp in the attic. I am wondering whether to donate it to the city garage sale or pass it on to my children. It is multi-colored pottery with what I call different geometric designs. It has markings on the bottom – 248 ITALY. It is about 8 inches tall and 12, 16, 18 and 20 inches around its four sections. I remember it in my grandmother’s house.
– M.R., Northville, Mich.
A From the style of the fittings on this Italian pottery lamp and the bold geometric designs in the glaze I suspect that it was produced during the 1920s or 1930s. It’s quite different from the “peasant style” pottery that has been widely exported from Italy over the last century and I think that would add to its market appeal. Depending on the local market, I could certainly see this piece being retailed in the $75-$150 range.
Q This stoneware jar is 5 inches tall at the shoulder and 7 inches at the lid. It is tan 4 inches up from the bottom and the rest is a beautiful gold or deep yellow. The neck has a rolled collar. It has an impressed mark at the vase that says “GEORGE. II. TA .. NORTT” in an oval. Next to that is a triangle marked C&B beneath it. Do you have any idea of its history or worth?
– J.T., Tucson, Ariz.
A The form of this jar is typical of the late 19th and early 20th century, but I haven’t been able to track down either marking. I suspect the piece may have been produced in England or perhaps Germany and that the oval mark may give the name of the firm that imported it. I believe the value would be fairly modest, perhaps in the $30-$60 range.