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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have the old balloon seller, it has the royal doulton

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Hi i have the old balloon seller, it has the royal doulton stamp with a crown above and a lion above that, a hole to the right, and a small m a little way above the lion. There is also a mark of some sort below the hole but i cant make out what it is, also H.N.1315 under the word seller. Can you tell me if it is worth anything please. Thank you from Michele Blackwell.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable.
Customer: It has been in my family for a long time. My dads family lived in the potteries so i think it may have come from the factory direct
JA: Is there anything else the antiques appraiser should be aware of?
Customer: It is in perfect condition
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups.

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment.

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Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I cant send a photo
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No that costs to much
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

I do not accept requests for phone calls. I give my best answers in thoughtful writing.

Besides, you will have an assessment to print out. There are extra charges for phone calls. I did not send the pop-ups.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I want you to have the best answer.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok thank you
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

The HN1315 balloon seller was made 1929-1998.

As far as I can tell from your description of the mark, the mark was used in the late 20s until 1936. Hence your figurine was made 1929-1936.

From my research, I was able to determine an estimated retail value of $290-390 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 2 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,
Doris