|The values stated in this guide are to be
used only as a guide. Values are not set to determine prices as
auction and dealer values vary greatly and are affected by
demand and condition. The author does not assume responsibility
for any losses that are the result of consulting this guide.
|Grading and Values
This website has several different priceguides for pottery and
for vintage toys. Values for these items are based on condition
and rarity. Since any item is worth only what someone is willing
to pay for it the value depends on many factors to make it worth
The values in these price guides unless noted are for items that
are in mint condition with no defects other than the ones noted
as being from the factory. Items you own not in mint condition
should be valued by percentage of mint condition value.
In the area of Pottery there are always some sort of defect
ranging from a simple blister on the bottom of the piece to
missing glaze ever so small. Some companies such as Watt pottery
were not known for real top quality pieces in some of their
lines but still the values are high for a mint piece under Watt
Pottery values. Some potterys sold pieces in sets and they must
be in the original boxes to be considered mint in box.
Toys whether they are cast, steel or plastic if they originally
came in boxes then the box should accompany the toy and also be
in mint condition. Some of the companies sent out their toys in
lots without individual boxes and where sold as individual
pieces at the retail end. These were mostly cast iron and some
of the larger plastic and wood toys.
Values change everyday on antiques and collectibles since the
advent of the internet and online auctions. A new faster way of
communicating these values caused some to spiral and some to
drop very low. A piece thought to be rare would soon be flooding
the market on eBay. So to determine the value of any item you
have check different places, eBay, online stores, price guide
books and hopefully to come back here to check my values.