Web Appraisal: German Cat Family, ca. 1905

Web Appraisal: German Cat Family, ca. 1905


GUEST: I found these at the antique show a
couple of years ago. They were just so cute, I was attracted to
them and just had to have them. APPRAISER: Do you collect cats? GUEST: Cats, horses, dogs, I just love animals
and toys so it was perfect. APPRAISER: How much did you pay for your kittens? GUEST: It was $60.00 for the family, yes. APPRAISER: Well, when you have here are cats
made in Germany with rabbit fur and they have little leather ears, glass eyes, and little
button noses. We have them marked on the bottom right here
that’s stamped Germany and then the other one is marked the same way. Mama cat’s not marked but I know from her
construction that she’s also German. Then our mama cat in the middle actually has
a little pull string and when I pull that string she makes a little mewing noise. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: In the doll world we use them a
lot for props with our dolls, but this makes such a sweet family. Made at the turn of the century. GUEST: Around 1900? APPRAISER: Yes. GUEST: Okay. APPRAISER: So they do have some age on them. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: They’re in very good condition
overall. You got a little wear to the ears. GUEST: Yes. APPRAISER: But, the fur’s intact and the rabbit
fur is notorious for falling off. GUEST: Right. APPRAISER: So it’s nice and full and fluffy. GUEST: Wow. APPRAISER: They’re in wonderful condition. Have you ever had them appraised? GUEST: No. APPRAISER: At a retail price your little cat
family with a set of three would sell for approximately $900 to $1,200. GUEST: Really? Wow. I had no idea. APPRAISER: Let’s see if the mother cat can
call her kittens to dinner.

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