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Vintage Slide Projector Is a View From the Past

Anne McCollam answers questions about the values of a slide projector, a porcelain piano baby, and Noritake china.
BY ANNE McCOLLAM Modified: August 31, 2010 at 9:44 am •  Published: August 27, 2010
Q: This past weekend, my dad was rummaging through my 88-year-old grandmother's attic and came across a brand new Sawyer Crestline 500 Slide Projector. Sawyer's Inc. was located in Portland, Ore., and Chicago. I have enclosed a copy of the cover of the instruction book for you to look at. The projector is in excellent condition and still works.

Would you please tell me what it is worth and if there are any options besides eBay for selling it?

A: Your projector was made around 1961. Sawyer Inc. is famous for producing the popular "View Master." The company no longer is in business. Offering it for auction, putting it on Craigslist, selling to an antiques dealer who specialized in vintage electronics or running an ad in the classified section of the paper are several options.

Similar slide projectors are selling in the range of $50 to $100.

Q: I have enclosed the mark that is on the back of a porcelain piano baby that was given to me by the daughter of a very dear friend who passed away. The baby is sitting and has her arms raised above her. She has blond hair and a white dress, and is about 4 inches tall.

I plan to keep and cherish my baby -- nonetheless, I am curious about its value.

A: Heubach Brothers used the mark you provided. They have made porcelain piano babies, dolls' heads and figurines in Thuringia, Germany, since 1882. Piano babies were made in the late 1880s and early 1900s. Elaborate scarves were used to decorate and protect piano tops, and porcelain baby figurines were used to anchor them.

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