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It's believed that the original mudmen figures were made in the 1700s/1800s in China. By the late 1800s/early 1900s they were primarily made in Southern China. The biggest surge came during the early 1900s up until about the 1960s. Your pieces also have the potters hole in the bottom, where the artist actually shaped the piece around a stick or possibly their own finger. Based on the stamps on the bottom, your pieces should date from this time. If they are marked just "China" they date from about 1890 to 1920. The addition of the "Made In" stamps, dates them to about 1920 to 1940. From the 1950s to today, they almost always have a number. Most of the newer ones look much more perfect and almost machine made because many of the original molds were lost during the wars.
Based on the the stamps and style, they should date from 1920 to 1940. I actually would probably place them at the early end of that spectrum (circa 1920 to 1930).
Individually, the figures should have a current market value in the range of $70 to $100 each.
If you are thinking about selling it, keep in mind that prices will vary a bit depending on the condition and where you try to sell it. Online markets (like Ebay) tend to go for less...sometimes as much as 25% less and you're at the mercy of the bidders unless you stick a reserve on it. It can go really high or really low. Plus, there's more competition on the internet.
I would check with your local antique shops first. Local shops will often either buy your items or let you sell on consignment (taking a percentage of the selling price). You can also run an ad in your local craigslist.Rubylane
, and Cyberattic
are great online stores, but they generally have a store "setup" fee, so unless you have a lot of items to list, it may be a bit too pricey, but they do get the "higher" paying customers. They're very much like an online antique shop. They ship world wide. . Etsy
and Amazon are great alternatives to Ebay. Two fairly new ones that are up and coming are: http://www.bonanza.com
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