Belsnickel is a part of the Christmas lore of Germany, different German-speaking international locations and the Pennsylvania Dutch, a neighborhood in america because the 1830s. He’s a companion of Saint Nicholas, however whereas Santa carries a bag of presents for good youngsters, Belsnickel spreads sweet for good youngsters then beats the dangerous youngsters together with his whip. At present’s Santa Claus is fats and jolly, and wearing a pink and white outfit. Belsnickel wears a ragged beige coat with a rope belt and a fur collar. Collectors of vintage Christmas decorations search for previous ornaments and collectible figurines of Belsnickel used within the 19th century. They’re usually product of papier-mache. He has an extended tongue and carries a sack of sweet in a single hand and a whip within the different. Christmas legends within the 19th century included different darkish characters, together with Krampus. This vintage German Belsnickel with a painted face and white beard is sporting a hooded white gown. It was auctioned at Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The unsigned determine offered for $168.
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Q. I would like some details about an previous brass desk clock that has no markings apart from “R.M.S. Celtic.” I would wish to know the place it was made and the place it got here from to be in Louisville, Kentucky.
A. We do not know the way it acquired to Kentucky, however we are able to let you know the place it got here from. The clock is from the ocean liner RMS Celtic, which was launched in Belfast, Eire, on April 4, 1901. The ship made its maiden voyage three months later, leaving Liverpool, England, on July 26 and arriving in New York Metropolis on Sept. 16, carrying nearly 3,000 passengers. It turned a troop ship for a number of months throughout World Conflict I after which reverted to carrying passengers and cargo. The RMS Celtic survived hitting a mine in 1917, being torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1918, and collisions with different ships in 1925 and 1927, but it surely in the end met its demise in 1928 after being shipwrecked on the rocks in Eire. The ship was scrapped in 1933.
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Q. I need to study extra about earrings I discovered in my mom’s jewellery field. They’re silver spherical clip-ons with an Asian design on a black background. Are they previous? Are they value something?
A. The nation of Siam modified its title to Thailand in 1939. It was renamed Siam in 1946, then modified once more to Thailand in 1949. Siam sterling silver jewellery was handmade from the 1930s to the 1970s, and American troopers in Thailand introduced some house as presents. Most of it’s sterling silver with niello, a mix of copper, silver and lead that appears like black enamel. It was used to fill in or encompass designs etched within the silver by the artisan. The baked alloy hardens, then it’s sanded and buffed. Designs are usually dancing figures, and animals or buildings from Buddhist and Hindu legends or Thai tradition. Many items are marked “Siam Sterling.” Your button-style earrings are value $25. Extra elaborate items with silver filigree are value about $35 to $60. Bracelet and earrings units promote from about $60 to $75.
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Q. After my mom died, we discovered a Pairpoint lamp in a field within the attic. It appears unique apart from the twine. There are two stamps underneath the shade dated July 9, 1901. It has puffy butterflies. The bottom has a diamond-shaped stamp beneath. Are you able to inform me what this is likely to be value?
A. Thomas J. Pairpoint based the Pairpoint Manufacturing Firm in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1880. The corporate joined with close by glassworks and made glass, lamps and silver-plated items. Reverse-painted glass shades and molded shades referred to as “puffies” had been made till the 1930s. The corporate turned the Pairpoint Glass Firm in 1957. It moved to Sagamore, Massachusetts, in 1970 and now makes luxurious glass objects. Look intently on the patent date in your lamp. Are you certain it is not 1907? Pairpoint’s Papillon (butterfly) boudoir lamp marked “patented July ninth – 1907” sells at public sale for about $2,000.
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Q. I’ve Ty Teenie Beanie Infants Chip the Cat, a toy from a McDonald’s Completely satisfied Meal. I am questioning if she’s value something. It has the tag and is in superb form.
A. Beanie Infants, plush beanbag animals, had been launched by Ty Warner, Inc. in 1993 and offered for $5 every. A gathering frenzy developed after the corporate started retiring some animals in 1995 and limiting distribution of latest ones, driving costs up. By 1999, the gathering fad light and costs started to fall. Ty Teenie Beanie Infants had been first included in McDonald’s Completely satisfied Meals in 1997. New units of Teenie Beanie Infants had been included in Completely satisfied Meals in 1999, 2000 and 2004. Chip the Cat is No. 12 within the 1999 set. The toy in its unique packaging sells on-line for as little as 99 cents.
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Present costs are recorded from antiques reveals, flea markets, gross sales and auctions all through america. Costs fluctuate in several areas due to native financial situations.
Quimper tray, man and girl, discipline, flowering bushes, border, faience, 9 x 12 inches, $95.
Snuff bottle, cobalt blue, pink stopper, disc form, 2 3/Four inches, $170.
Inkstand, Empire type, inexperienced marble, bronze bust, leafy wreath, flowers, eagle ft, 2 inkwells, 10 half of x 18 inches, $380.
Marble bust, girl, wavy hair, lacy chemise, flower on shoulder, inexperienced marble base, 24 inches, $570.
Jasperware urn, acorn form, Dancing Hours, black and white, pedestal base, 9 half of inches, $720.
Candlesticks, rock crystal, tapered, faceted, hexagon base, gilt metallic ball ft, 12 inches, $1,220.
Field, dome lid, coffin form, burl wooden inlay, ebonized, disk ft, handles, 12 x 16 3/Four inches, $1,790.
Silver water pitcher, repousse, grape and vine, flowers, Jenkins & Jenkins, 9 inches, $2,280.
Credenza, Venetian Baroque, timber, homes, fields, half-hexagon form, 2 doorways, 42 x 81 inches, $2,560.
Tea and low set, chased silver,
kettle-on-stand, espresso pot, teapot, sugar and creamer, tray, $7,800.
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