Nursery rhyme tiles, Staffordshire cottages, Villeroy & Boch teapot

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March 15th, 2017
Clockwise from left: Villeroy & Boch teapot, nursery rhyme tile, Staffordshire cottage

Clockwise from left: Villeroy & Boch teapot, nursery rhyme tile, Staffordshire cottage

Q: Please tell me if these nursery rhyme tiles have any value. They are from the Atco Tile Co., circa 1920, and in good shape.  —Guy

A: Nursery rhyme tiles were very popular in the early part of the twentieth century. The best company was J.B. Owens Pottery out of Zanesville, Ohio. Some of those tiles are collectible and bring $500 to $2,000. The Atco Tile Co. was best known for its blue and white Delph-style tiles, which bring good money at auction. The nursery rhyme tiles by this company, however, do not have any noteworthy auction records.

Q: Your insight would be appreciated on the value of these cottages as well as if this is something to be auctioned. —Tammy 

A: Staffordshire cottages have long been produced as a collectible since the nineteenth century. They were not only appealing to the eye but some of these were used as incense burners in the home. As is the case with other antiques, they are not in great demand today, whether they are from Staffordshire, Kent, or other locations in England. They do sell for $20 to $100 auction value. You will scarcely see them on retail sites online, but if you do, they will be three to four times that price. You must remember that those sites are retail and they discount to dealers and designers up to 60%.

Q: This teapot has been in my family for generations.  It is 10” from bottom to top of lid, and 10” from handle to spout. On the bottom is a crest with a crown on the top, and printed under the crest is “Old Abbey Spray,” V&BM, Made in Saar Basin, 1565, TS 30. 2. —Bob

A: This is a teapot made by Villeroy & Boch, and the area that the company worked out of was Saar Basin. The company was founded in 1565, but this particular pattern—Old Abbey Spray—was only produced between 1874 and 1909. The date on the teapot is just a fact; the value of the teapot would be the same whether nineteenth or twentieth century. The value at auction would be estimated at $100–$300.



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Carolyn Remmey is the principal appraiser of Remmey Antiques & Fine Art, an international appraisal, personal property consulting, and brokerage firm. She is a lecturer and writer as well as an expert on downsizing, estate sales, and auctioneering. Remmey has been a participating appraiser on The Antiques Roadshow and the History Channel and is a member of the Appraisal Association of America.  

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