My name is ***** ***** I would love to help. There was only one picture that came with your original inquiry (the bottom).
The next step would be for me to see pictures of the owls that I can get visual clues of the date and value.
Use the Add Files feature on your screen to add pictures one at a time and I will be able to complete my answer, thank you!
I will have to opt-out and allow another expert to answer as these are not familiar to me, nor is the mark. The next expert will see our conversation and photos. Good luck!
I just wanted to let you know I also searched extensively but can't find any record of this maker's mark.
Hi. My name is ***** ***** I'll be glad to see if I can help.
Can you tell me what size they are?
Hi Elaine. Just out of curiosity, how long have you had it? The reason I ask is because I found copies of your figurines but everything points toward them not being very old.
Hi Elaine. Unfortunately not. That could be a maker's mark, but british hallmarks usually include more than just 2 initials. I suspect they were bought within the last 15 years or so. You might have them tested, but I think they are actually pewter.
I'll attach a picture that shows you what I found. It looks to be an exact copy of the two you have. The size matches too.
It's sold at various places, but it's mostly found in museum giftshops. I found one at the Getty museum giftshop and another at the British Museum giftshop. I did also find a few individual people selling copies and a few people reselling copies they had bought from someone else. The earliest I could trace them back was about 2005. Odds are it's not much older than that. There's no record of which company they used to make them, but they probably were produced by a factory and then sold wholesale to the giftshops.
The owl represents the Greek goddess Athena's owl. The owl represents wisdom and knowledge and The figure is actually a little replica of the owl that was depicted on a silver tetradrachm coin (I'll post a picture of that for you too). Originally it was used in Athens around 5th century B.C. and was used off and on for years.
The little figures aren't worth much, unfortunately, but they're still worth about $10 to $15 each. They're cute little pieces.
If you decide you want to sell them....prices will vary a bit depending on the condition and where you try to sell them. Online markets (like Ebay) and garage sales tend to go for far less than the actual value.
Ebay. Rubylane, Tias, 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.
http://www.bonanza.com, GoAntiques and Artfire are great up and coming sites as well. I would say Etsy would be great for something like this, but they do have a rule that vintage items are supposed to be 20 yrs old and I think these just miss the cut. Between you and me, I don't think anyone would catch it if you did sell them there.
Ebay is more or less a last resort. It does reach a lot of people, but the values tend to be lower. You will always get a higher value by selling it yourself as opposed to an auction or selling it to a dealer. If you do decide to try Ebay, consider using reserves..
That should give you quite a few options, but if you need anything else, don't hesitate to ask..
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Hi Elaine.That is more than likely a print on canvas. They are printed on a textured sort of board that makes it seem like a real painting. The painting is called The Star - Dancer on the Stage. It was originally a pastel drawing on paper that Degas did in 1878. It's currently in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. It was never a painting. That looks like a poster/print version on a textured board. It probably dates from around the midcentury. Most of these are worth about $25 to $50 depending on the condition.
I really wish I could say it was the real thing, but Degas only produced the one.
Is there anything else I can help you with?