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Treasure Hunt: July 31, 2014


07/31/14
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna,  


What can you tell me about these cute little hand-sewn animals? I am wondering if they are American-made and how old they are. I purchased them at a yard sale and thought maybe you could help identifying them.
I don’t wish to sell them but would like to know if there is anything you could tell me about them. 

Alice from Raymond
 
 
Dear Alice,
Your hand-sewn animals are sweet. I think some may be American-made and maybe the elephant and dog were not. It’s tough to tell, but the stitching doesn’t look to be hand-done on either. And leather animals are still done overseas and imported today.  
The two rabbits I would say were hand-done most likely during the time from 1940s to 1960s. Sometimes they even sold patterns to make them, or if you were creative enough you could design your own animal. I do think even though they have hand stitching they were done partially by machine as well.
As far as the value on them I would say the ones that are all hand-sewn and in good condition would be higher. How much detail they have would also be a factor. Many leather toys were hand-sewn and some very unique ones are collectible today.  
I think your toys were a nice find and the value on just the two rabbits would be in the $30 range each. I am not sure of the others without seeing them in person. But it is a nice little collection. How can they not make you smile?
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 
 
As seen in the July 31, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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