A twinkle in collectors' eyes

Anne McCollam advises people about the value of their antiques.
BY ANNE McCOLLAM Modified: May 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm •  Published: May 14, 2012
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Q: This is a photo of a music box figurine that I have. Several years ago, I bought a home and all its contents and found it stored in a closet.

On the bottom, are the words "Schmid — Musical Collectibles — The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter — Warne Co., New York & London 1977 — Hand Painted."

It stands about 7 inches tall, is in perfect condition and plays "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." Can you tell me anything about my music box?

A: Your porcelain music box figurine is a hedgehog washerwoman named Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. She was created by Beatrix Potter in the late 1900s.

Potter was an English author, illustrator and conservationist who wrote children's books.

The "Tale of Peter Rabbit" is one of her most well-known books. Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle was based on Potter's pet hedgehog. Schmid and Co. was located in New York and was a distributor of decorative items.

Frederick Warne and Co. was the original publisher of the book "The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle" in 1905.

Potter's charming books are still being published. Your music box figurine was made in 1977. It is a popular collectible and sells in the range of $25 to $50.

Q: This mark is on the bottom of a porcelain water pitcher that was given to me by my mother-in-law. The color of the porcelain is spectacular, and I love it. It stands about 9 inches and has a sterling silver scrolled overlay, spout and handle.

What can you tell me about the mark, the vintage and value of my pitcher?

A: "GDA" is the mark used by Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbot, in Limoges, France.

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