Kyle on Antiques: Old lady is married to a fisherman

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Bing & Grondahl figurine: the "Fisherman's Wife"

Q I’m hoping you can give me some information as to who made this pitcher, and when it was made. It is 11 inches tall to the top of the man’s head. The picture shows it a light gray but it is a pretty shade of very light blue. It has no chips or cracks. Might it be worth anything?
—T.D., Franklin, Va.

A Your pitcher is a nice example of English salt-glaze molded pitchers popular from around 1830 to 1860. Some of these pitchers will have a molded mark on the base telling us exactly who produced it and when. There is a reference book on these pitchers that lists and illustrates almost all the design variations. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the book right now. Your piece features ornate scrolls and molded masks, as well as the figural handle. Other such pitchers could feature action scenes or Gothic motifs. Depending on the condition, I believe this piece might be valued in the $200-$400 range today.

Q Can you give me any information on this advertising print from Hartford Insurance? How about its age, the artist and value. I am not sure if this is the original frame. It measures 19 1/2 inches by 26 1/2 inches. I rescued it from an old barn in Kansas, so it has a little damage.
—P.F., Atkinson, Neb.

A This large advertising poster for the Hartford Insurance Company (note the stag emblem of that company on the shield). It was probably made about the 1890s. The central design is great; unfortunately, the overall condition is very poor, with stains, rips, creases and missing pieces. This greatly reduces the value to any serious collector. Sometimes such pieces can be professionally restored but I can’t tell you if this poster warrants that cost. “As is” my best guess is that it might sell in the $50-$150 range.

Q My aunt gave me this porcelain figurine and I am hoping that you can tell me more about it. It is 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide.
—J.M., St. Louis, Mo.

A After some research I was able to identify this Bing & Grondahl figurine as the “Fisherman’s Wife.” Axel Locher, whose name is molded on the top back, modeled it. The model number is #2233. It probably dates from before World War II. If it is in perfect condition it might sell today in the $500 range.

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Mark on Bing & Grondahl figurine: the "Fisherman's Wife"
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Bing & Grondahl figurine: the "Fisherman's Wife"
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Large advertising poster for the Hartford Insurance Company
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English salt-glaze molded pitcher

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