Q&A on Collecting
Pristine ACDC dolls are in demand
Q: The enclosed photo is one of my childhood dolls. She was made by American Character Doll Company, given to me in 1945 and is still in good condition. She has a composition head, arms and legs, a cloth body, eyes that open and close, an open mouth with two teeth and coos when turned over. “AM CAR DO” is stamped on the back of her neck and she is 21 inches tall. She is not wearing her original clothes and her reddish brown hair is replaced with a wig. I would enjoy learning the value of my doll.
A: American Character Doll Company was in business from 1919 to 1968. They were also known as Aceedeecee and ACDC. Their dolls were first made from composition, followed by hard plastic and vinyl. Both dolls and outfits were high-quality. After closing in 1968, their molds were sold to Ideal Doll Company. Collectors search for pristine dolls with original wigs and clothes. Your doll with replaced wig and dress would probably be worth $50 to $75.
Q: I have sent you the mark that is on the bottom of a bowl with matching lid that my elderly neighbor gave me. The bowl is white porcelain trimmed with blue circles with yellow centers, and the lid is a knob in the shape of a green leaf. The overall measurements are 5 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall. It is in mint condition. I would like to know how old it is, if it is a button box and a little more about its history.
A: Stanislaw Wiza founded his stoneware pottery in Boleslawiec, Poland in 1963. They produced high-quality, lead-free, white stoneware that was fired at a high temperature. Most of their ware was decorated with cobalt blue as the primary color. They made casserole dishes, thimbles, trinket boxes, plates and piggy banks, table accessories, lamps, cups, butter dishes and figurines. Today Wiza employs approximately 120 people. Your covered dish is either a small casserole or a trinket box and could easily be used for buttons. It was made in the late 20th century. It would probably be worth $50 to $75.
Address your questions to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 247, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Items of a general interest will be answered in this column. Due to the volume of inquiries, she cannot answer individual letters.