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WHAT'S IT WORTH? On Antiques & Collectables.


Q We have a collection of a dozen Winstanley Cats, which we are looking to sell. Could you please give us an indication of their value and the best places to offer them for sale? Brian and Doreen Pollard, High Wycombe, Bucks A The Winstanley Cats are fun figurines and many are really quite cute. You've got a great collection, but it's not quite retirement time, I'm afraid. If you put your pieces up for auction online, you could expect to get anything from PS25 to PS75 each.

Winstanley also produces other animal figurines, including guinea pigs and hedgehogs.

Q Could you please give me some idea of how much my Clarice Cliff figurine called Sunshine Girl would be worth? Jeremy Frost, Sheffield.

A Your figurine is worth PS75-PS100. Carlton Ware has a great name when it comes to producing excellent tableware and other classic pieces, including the famous Guinness advertising wares.

Your piece was made in the Peggy Davies studios for Carlton Ware in the early 2000s. Clarice is depicted standing beside a large pepper pot bearing her legendary Crocus design. The colours are as close to the vivid ones used by the lady herself in the 1930s and 40s.

QI have a brown paper label from the laundry basket of the late Sir Winston Churchill. As an eight-year-old child, more than 60 years ago, I was on holiday with my parents in London. We visited Downing Street and I saw Sir Winston leave No 10. I noticed the label on the pavement. It is printed with the address of the laundry company, but is handwritten with Sir Winston's name and the address of No 10. Does it have any value? Peter Walker, via email A It's certainly unique and could be worth around PS100 to a collector interested in the story behind it. Memorabilia associated with Sir Winston's life and work is called Churchilliana, and has become an increasingly popular subject for collectors, particularly in the US.

The high end of the field is occupied by rare letters, possessions and photographs, which fetch hundreds and even thousands of pounds. The middle ground includes rare commemorative items, such as busts, Toby jugs and plaques. The low-end is the plethora of material produced on his death, such as souvenir magazine specials and gifts picked up at museums (key fobs, rulers, mugs).

Your item is more of a curio as opposed to a holy grail, I'm afraid. However, it is also quite quirky and it could well capture the imagination of a true collector.

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Girl power: Clarice

Figurine of fun: Winstanley cat

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2014
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