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Rooster banks are worth crowing about

Question: When were rooster still metal banks fashionable? _ Ed, Fort Wayne, Ind. Answer: Still metal banks depicting roosters strutted into popularity in America during the 1920s and 1930s. Finely delineated models were crafted by Hubley Manufacturing Co. of Pennsylvania and the A.

C. Williams Co. of Ohio. Variations abound, with the majority displaying detailed facial features, combs, wattles, feathering and tail. Most stood with the left foot forward. The vertical coin slot customarily appeared at the back of the neck. Models with their original paint are preferred by collectors. Locating a 4{-inch tall rooster bank in good condition for under $120 is something to crow about.

Ice bucket

Question: Would my ice bucket in the Fostoria American pattern be regarded as a find? _ Sarah, Easton, Pa.

Answer: In 1887, the famed Fostoria Glass Co. was established in Fostoria, Ohio. Just four years later, a move was made to Moundsville, W.

Va. Pressed pattern tablewares and lamps combined to make Fostoria a household name over the next few decades. American, widely acknowledged as the firm's foremost design, hit tabletops in 1915. Was it a success? Apparently so, for more than 250 different pieces were produced in this pattern. American pattern ice buckets receive a warm reception from Fostoria fans when the price hovers near $50.

Beatles mementos

Question: Would you have an updated price list on Beatles mementos? _ Ed, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Answer: From belt buckles to coloring books, mementos pertaining to the Beatles just keep rocking and rolling out of markets. Value guide: coasters, plastic, set of six, 1964, $55; Beatles coloring book, Saalfield, 1964, $70; lunch box, color drawing of Beatles, $225; magazine, Rolling Stone, John Lennon as "Man of the Year," 1970, $50; scarf, colored pictures, signatures, 1960s, $18; wig, long hair Beatles wig, $55; record, Abbey Road, LP, Apple, 383, stereo, $20.

Raggedy Ann Doll

Question: What is the value of my cloth Raggedy Ann doll marked "Patented Sept. 7, 1915?" _ Mrs. H.

S., Burlington, N.


Answer: Creator Johnny B. Gruelle marketed the first cloth Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls in 1915. They bore the "Sept. 7, 1915" black stamp imprint on the front torso. Finely detailed, they had movable arms and legs, brown yarn hair, button eyes and painted features. Other versions appeared over the years as children fell under the spell of the Raggedy Ann and Andy fable. These early dolls have gone the rags-to-riches route, for 16-inch-tall models for $650.

Keene Kutter meat grinder, Pat. 1907 $40

Hull Pottery console bowl, Dogwood, No. 511, 11{ inches diameter 70

Frankart lamp, nude standing guard over globe, 11 inches, 1920s 325

Flying Nun paper dolls, Saalfield, 1969 45

Wurlitzer jukebox, Model 1250, 1950 1,200

Orvis minnow trap, clear glass, 1 gal., metal hardware

Prices may vary in different locations because of the economy.

Send questions to Dan D'Imperio, c/o the St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 99126, Seattle, Wash. 98199.