In January we gave away an antique half doll from Germany. In February, we gave away a figurine in the Hummel style, Made in Japan, and known as Banjo Betty. Our March GiveAway is a miniature tin can chair.
April 1 update: March Trinket GiveAway winner is Melissa in California – congratulations!
Gallery of Monthly, GiveAway Trinkets
Gallery of the current and upcoming monthly GiveAway Trinkets.
Tin Can Miniature Chair, Perfect for a Doll House or Collector’s Shelf
Enter our March Trinket GiveAway! for a tin can chair, a retro collectible, made by hand.
Made by a creative craftsman of the past, this tin can chair miniature features a woven back and curlicue arms and chair lets. A perfect addition to your collector’s shelf or doll house.
Banjo Betty is a copycat of an early Hummel by W. Goebel, from the art of Sister Innocentia Hummel titled Joyful (number 53).
When I first discovered Banjo Betty in our estate items, I was curious. Who made this piece of porcelain, and what is it worth? … need-to-know info to determine its value. I searched through my books on antique, porcelain companies to identify the manufacturer’s mark.
Our library is filled with books and magazines on antiques
My search was fruitless. The smudged manufacturer’s mark on the bottom of my mystery figurine was nowhere to be found. And even though the figurine itself had the appearance of a Hummel, I knew the mark was not one of the famous Bee marks.
Charts abound in books and online to help collectors date a Hummel. Thanks to Hummel’s fine catalog system, the date, place of origin, and name of the Hummel can be determined by the marks on the bottom of a figurine – whether it’s Bee, Full Bee, etc.
My famous process-of-elimination theory led me to error
Unable to find a porcelain maker identified with the figurine’s mark, I defaulted to Beswick because not all early Beswick was marked by the manufacturer.
Convinced the figurine was pristine, English Beswick porcelain, I posted it for sale on eBay as $valuable AND antique.
Within days, a Hummel collector e-mailed to say the figurine was NEITHER Beswick NOR antique but rather a copycat Hummel by Japanese importer Akiyama, and dates from the 50s. (Reference: Hummel Copycats; Author, Lawrence L. Wonsch, pg. 43; 1987).