Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl, ca. 1920

Value (2017) | $2,000 Auction$3,500 Insurance
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GUEST:
My father was an airline pilot. And during World War II he flew the C-54s out of Washington, D.C., over to Prestwick, Scotland. And they took supplies over and brought the wounded back. So when he was in Scotland, one day he took a trip up to Kilmarnock and found his way into a charming little China shop. So he bought the Wedgwood Fairyland bowl, which he brought back to my mother. This is the original bill of sale. He paid two pounds, 15 shillings, which at that time was about five dollars. This Wedgwood bowl is by a woman who worked for Wedgwood for a very short time-- I think eight or nine years-- and she did the Fairyland. I think her name was Mabel Tabor. Now, the lady said that the last two numbers on the code on the bottom of it are 68, which they said meant there were 68 of this particular bowl made. Now, I don't know whether that's so or not.

APPRAISER:
It is, you're right, Fairyland Lustre. The basic patterns on the interior and the exterior are called "Woodland Elves." And it's from a series of a number of different designs done by a gal by the name of Daisy Makeig-Jones.

GUEST:
Really?

APPRAISER:
And so the artist's name that you have, unfortunately, is wrong.

GUEST:
Not the right, all right.

APPRAISER:
And she actually did all the designs, and she oversaw production of this Fairyland Lustre from about 1915 till about 1931. And she actually ceased working in the factory about 1932. Very, very popular. On the inside of the bowl we have this wonderful design that is daytime. And on the exterior of the bowl, we have nighttime. Now, underneath the bowl we have the mark, which is the Portland Vase mark for the bone china, which it does show you that it is Wedgwood. And it also has a pattern number. The pattern number is for the design.

GUEST:
Uh-huh.

APPRAISER:
It's in wonderful condition. Now, bowls of this nature at auction today are very competitive. It would realize probably in the range of $2,500 to $3,500.

GUEST:
Really?

APPRAISER:
For insurance, I would appraise it more in the $4,000 range.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
Certainly a wonderful return on a two pound, 15 investment.

GUEST:
I would say so, yes, yes.

Appraisal Details

Update (2017)
$2,000 Auction$3,500 Insurance
Appraised value (2002)
$2,500 Auction$4,000 Insurance
Event
Kansas City, MO (July 27, 2002)
Form
Bowl
Material
Bone China

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