German Cat Family, ca. 1905

Value (2016) | $900 Retail$1,200 Retail
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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.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Ashley's Dolls & Antiques
Whitsett, NC
Appraised value (2016)
$900 Retail$1,200 Retail
Event
Fort Worth, TX (July 23, 2016)
Category
Dolls

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