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Your money: TREASURE HUNTERS; TV's JAMES BREESE on the amazing world of antiques and collectables.

Byline: JAMES BREESE

Q I HAVE the Big Sister doll from the Kate Greenaway collection by Royal Doulton. It's in good condition and in its box. How much would it be worth if I sold it please? - Madeleine Went, Hereford.

A THESE are terribly pretty and well-made dolls, made in conjunction with the House of Nisbet. They were created in 1981 as a series of 10 and were limited to just a 5,000 edition of each. The craftsmanship is very much like the days of old with fine bone china hands and head and each was handpainted. Obviously these were based on the work of Greenaway from the early 1900s. Today your Big Sister will sell for between pounds 110 and pounds 140.

Q MY father-in-law has a chair that was specially made for Edward VII's coronation in 1902 for KING Edward VII's coronation was a big affair naturally and came after the death of Victoria. He was 60 at the time and had a fairly successful nine-year reign. Most of the commemoratives associated with the event carry different dates as the future King was ill at the time and the dates were changed. If the chair is a one-off, we must be talking several thousand pounds, but this needs to go into a special royal memorabilia sale to see the true market value.

Q CAN you value an original oil painting that I have by Tony Sheath? In the late 1970s or early 80s we commissioned him to paint a waterfall picture. We paid him pounds 75. What is it worth now? - Mrs J Elliott, Ingatestone, Essex.

A TONY was a Londoner born in the 1940s. His paintings are of a very high quality and he has an eye for detail. Many of his scenes are related to Herefordshire and Gloucestershire with the River Wye being the subject for many canvases. During the 1970s and 80s he was a very successful resident artist for a leading Bond Street gallery. Your painting would sell for about pounds 4,800 as it features a fine example of Tony's early work in detail.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2005
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