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Treasure Hunt 11/16/17


11/23/17



 Dear Donna,


I bought this at an estate sale. I was drawn to it because it is strangely unique. I can’t find any information anywhere regarding this. It is a bank.

Jean from Bedford
 
Dear Jean, 
 
OK, I’m not sure your bank doesn’t scare me or make me laugh. I think it would have drawn my attention as well.
It is tough to find out about chalkware (plaster of Paris) unless it is signed by a specific maker or company. Most was just an inexpensive way to recreate items. They were often prize giveaways at carnivals and also sold by home to home salesmen. Even determining the age can be difficult if it’s in good shape. But it all started in the 20th century.
So to determine a value for you I would look at a few things: subject, usefulness, size and condition. With that said yours is kind of unique with an appeal to some but not others. Being a bank is a plus, as is the fact that it’s large. But the face is either OK to some or scary. So to me it would be in the $40 range. I hope you paid less and found yourself a tiny (big) treasure.


Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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