Chelsea Teapot

Q: I have a Chelsea teapot that originally belonged to my aunt. I suspect it is from the Victorian era. How much do you think it is worth? — Rob, Booneville, Ark.

A: Chelsea ceramics were made from about 1830 until the 1880s in the Staffordshire district of England, so your assumption that your teapot is Victorian is accurate. This white dinnerware was usually decorated with luster embossing that included such patterns as grape, thistle, sprig and fruit. I spoke to several collectors, who seem to agree that your teapot is probably worth in the $75 to $150 range. The value depends, of course, on its condition and pattern.


Q: I am sending you a couple of pictures of a 1836 hem book and would like to know how much it is worth. We have contacted several bookstores but have not had any luck. Can you help me? — Dan, Jackson, Ohio

A: I assume you mean hymnal unless the book you have is about sewing. If it is, indeed, a hymnal, my answer may hit a sour note since there doesn’t seem to be much demand for hymnals, even the very early ones. As I often state in this column, there are always exceptions to every rule. I contacted several book dealers and they seem to agree that it would likely be worth in the $25 to $35 range.

Q: I have several newspapers, mostly from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. I am enclosing a list. Are they worth keeping? — Dorothy, Coventry, R.I.

A: I examined the list you sent me and have determined that they are “atmospheric” publications. In other words, they are mainly newspapers of general interest but none with any real historic value. Most newspapers of this type sell in the $10 to $15 range.

Q: I worked for Burger King during the early 1990s and saved a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster. I have been offered $15 for it. — Steve, Albuquerque, N.M.

A: My advice is to take the money. According to “Toys & Prices” edited by Karen O’Brien and published by Krause Books, your 1991 poster is worth about $3.


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By Larry Cox

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