Porcelain cockatoo comes from a renowned Danish manufacturer | Home and outdoor living


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Dear John: I’ve been reading your antiques articles in the Citrus County Chronicle for years. Attached are some photographs of my little porcelain bird which is in my dresser. I tried to get a good photo of the information that is stamped at the bottom. It is written made in Denmark and the letters B&G. I believe it is some kind of parrot. It is 4 inches tall and there is no damage to it; even his comb is perfect. Do you know which company made it and does it have value? – WU, internet

Dear WU: Your pretty figurine is a cockatoo. It was made in Denmark, as shown, possibly between WWI and WWII. The letters B & G are for Bing and Grondahl. The company has been making high quality porcelain figurines and tableware since the 1850s and continues to this day. They are also widely recognized for their Christmas plates which production began in 1895. The current potential monetary value of your cockatoo is $ 25 to $ 50.

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Dear John: I have a pretty cut glass boudoir lamp from Hawkes. I received him as a gift and I don’t know how old he is. When I was at the Toledo Museum of Art glass exhibit a few years ago, they had one like this. Could this be a rare piece? It seems impossible to get a good photograph of the detail. Can you tell me something? – CM, internet

Dear CM: Hawkes is a name widely recognized by cut glass collectors. Thomas Gibbons Hawkes was born in England in 1846 and died in 1913. He immigrated to New York when he was young and began working in glass companies. In 1889, he won the Grand Prix of the Universal Exhibition of Paris, which allows him to incorporate TG Hawkes & Company in 1890. It is managed by the family until 1962.

The marks on the Hawkes crystal are used to date their pieces. The original mark on the Hawkes cut glass was a clover shape with two hawks on either side of a lily flower with the word Hawkes inside. In the very early 1900s, the word Hawkes was placed on the outside and just below the shamrock.

If only the word Hawkes appeared on your crystal lamp, it would have been produced in the 20th century.

The lamp you have is not uncommon. The one you saw in the museum is an example of the quality they produce for sale to the general public in fine jewelry stores.

John Sikorski has been an antique dealer for 30 years. Send your questions to Sikorski’s Attic, PO Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or [email protected]

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