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Figurine dates from early 1900s


Q: Enclosed is a photograph of a porcelain figurine that has been in my family for more than 75 years. It is 11 inches high. Her aqua, pleated dress is trimmed with a white lace collar. The base is decorated with multicolored flowers. On the bottom there is a sunburst mark and the words "Heubach -- Made in Germany."

Could you please tell me what it might be worth?

A: Your porcelain figurine was made by Heubach Brothers, Lichte, Thuringia, Germany, in the early 1900s. The firm manufactured dolls, doll heads, figurines and piano babies. "Warman's English & Continental Pottery & Porcelain," by Susan and Al Bagdade, lists a similar figurine at $510 in mint condition.

Q: Many years ago my uncle gave me two Wallace Nutting Prints. One is titled "Primrose Cottage" No. 8029, the other is "Nethercote" No. 7803. Both have a label with the words "Authentic Wallace Nutting Process Pictures Must Bear This Label. All Others Are Unauthorized." They have scenes of thatched cottages, colorful gardens and old brick buildings.

A: During the 1930s Wallace Nutting began producing reprints of some of his most popular pictures. They were called "Process Prints" and were not hand-colored. Although they were machine-produced, they were not considered reproductions. Only 12 of his best-selling pictures were reprinted, "Primrose Cottage" and "Nethercote" being two of the dozen.

Your pictures were made in the 1930s. Each would be worth about $45 to $50 in good condition.

Letters with picture(s) are welcome and may be answered in the column. We cannot reply personally or return pictures. Address your letters to Anne McCollam, P.O. Box 490, Notre Dame, Ind. 46556.

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