(TC Q: Is my "Dickensware" dinner plate by Royal Doulton valuable? Its multicolored decoration features a portrait of author Charles Dickens in front of a London skyline, surrounded by busts of 11 named Dickens characters, and a ribbon and leaf festoon at the bottom. The number D5900 adjoins Doulton's mark on the back.
A: Your earthenware plate from Royal Doulton's "Dickensware" series dates from between 1908 and 1937 and is worth up to about $95 depending on condition, said dealer Betty J. Weir, P.O. Box 2434, Joliet, Ill. 60434; (815) 725-7348. Ms. Weir, president of the Heartland Doulton Collectors' Club, said there are two later versions, dating from around 1968 and 1975, which differ from your plate in decoration and type of china. They generally bring $50 to $75 each, depending on condition.
Britain's Royal Doulton pottery inaugurated its series ware around the turn of this century. Among its most popular and widely collected series is the group of "Gibson Girl" plates, produced from around 1901 on, decorated with scenes from "The Widow and Her Friends" by Charles Dana Gibson. "Gibsonware" plates generally fetch around $125 each depending on condition. Other desirable Royal Doulton series include "Shakespeare," "Robin Hood," "Coaching Days," and "Nursery Rhymes." Because it was mass produced over many years, Doulton series ware generally survives in quantity and prices usually are relatively low. Also, some is still being made.
Louise Irving's four-volume "Royal Doulton Series Ware" (Richard Dennis Publishers, London, 1980) is a prime reference guide for collectors.
For information about the International Royal Doulton Collectors' Club, call Diane Goedkoop, P.O. Box 6705, Somerset, N.J. 08873; (800) 582-2102. Annual dues are $25, which includes a newsletter.
Q: My 165-page, hard-bound program from the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin was brought out of Germany during World War II. Glued to many of its pages are a total of 198 black-and-white glossy photos in varying sizes, including a picture of Jesse Owens. Is my book rare or valu
A: Copies of the official Olympic program from the 1936 Berlin Games are fairly common. Apparently, most spectators kept their programs, and many more were taken as souvenirs by U.S. troops during World War II. Prices generally are in the $50 to $125 range, depending on condition, said Ed Kozloff, a Huntington Woods, Mich., collector of track and field memorabilia. There should be a full-page photo of Hitler on the second or third page of your program, he said. Many Americans removed this page from their souvenirs, making those without the picture somewhat less valuable today. Two-book sets of programs from both the 1936 Summer and Winter Olympic Games generally start at around $100.
Q: Our son recently gave us a blue and white German stoneware beer pitcher, about 11 1/2 inches high, with raised dots all over its background. It has a relief design of leafy foliage with an image of a barmaid standing on a beer barrel inscribed "F.A.K." and "Patent." The base is stamped "573" and "26." Is it valuable, and does it really predate 1876?
A: Your beer pitcher, missing its white metal lid, was made in the Westerwald region of Germany and is worth around $100 in its present condition, said auctioneer Gary Kirsner of Glentiques Ltd., P.O. Box 8807, Coral Springs, Fla. 33075; (305) 344-9856. Its molded blue and white decoration is typical of much German stoneware made between 1880 and 1900. With its original lid, it would be worth closer to $150. A proper replacement lid likely would cost around $100 to purchase and professionally attach to your pitcher.
Mr. Kirsner will be holding a beer stein, drinking vessel and plaque auction June 6, at the Holiday Inn-Jetport in Elizabeth, N.J., about one mile from Newark Airport. The auction catalog costs $15 postpaid from Glentiques Ltd.
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