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You bet your boots! This was a bargain. Ever wonder when rubber boots replaced shoes on rainy days? Hessian soldiers wore leather boots, and Arthur Wellesley, the ﬁrst Duke of Wellington, decided boots made of rubber would be more useful and keep feet drier. Charles Goodyear had vulcanized natural rubber in the 1850s to make tires and he sold the use of the patent to Hiram Hutchinson in 1853 to use for boots. They became a fashion statement for a few years, but then farmers began to wear them, and then soldiers in both World Wars – the trenches often held rainwater and the boots kept feet dry. The boots continue to be used by many and they have changed from a semipointed toe to a rounded toe, to even a metal toe to avoid accidents. Boots were ﬁrst made of leather and went to the knees in the 1840s, then to the calf in the 1850s, and to the ankle by the 1860s. Today, the terms “wellies,” “gummies” or “gumboots” are used to describe rain boots. The original high Wellington boot is still popular for people in places or jobs where there are puddles and ﬂoods. This picture is part of an 1898 calendar advertising Hood Rubber Boots for children. They are high enough to be considered Wellington boots. The sign, in a gold leaf frame, 14 by 24 inches, sold at a Kimbell Sterling auction in Johnson City, Tennessee, for a bargain at $81.40. The company called the boots “galoshes.” had three of the postcards contacted the society. Newell Pottery Co. made limited edition plates in 1982 with sketches made in England, Paris and Rome. The limit was the number ﬁred in 150 days. Two years later, Parmalee’s daughter provided the fourth postcard, a sketch done in Germany. The ﬁnal plate was issued in 1984. The sketches are 1920s cartoons, not like Rockwell’s later “folksy” paintings. The plates sell online for $6 to $16 each. I have $3,000 to $6,000 invested in my Mutt and Jeff collection and would like to give it to a reputable museum as a charitable contribution. What do you suggest? I’ll pay for shipping it to a museum. Q A Mutt and Jeff was a comic strip created by Bud Fisher that ran in newspapers from 1907 to 1983. You didn’t indicate if you have by Terry and Kim Kovel original art, comic strips, or Give us feedback: email@example.com toys and other items associWrite to Kovels, Richmond Times-Dispatch, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019. ated with the strip. The Billy ©2019 by COWLES SYNDICATE INC. Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State I have an old antique mation on the plates’ back will know the material to University (cartoons.osu. rocking chair with a say the pictures are sketches use if you want your chair edu) in Columbus, Ohio, has stuffed upholstered seat. 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Look trip and the four postcards es of Rockwell and two other items, you might want for someone who repairs friends on a tour of Europe sent to friends are the only to contact an auction that spechairs. Someone who does surviving sketches. In 1981, after college in 1927. The cializes in comic art and see if caning can probably ﬁx it. plates have sketches of their the Rockwell Society of they can sell them. A museum They’ll have the proper glue trip to England, Paris, Rome America sent a notice to probably won’t want everyor other material to ﬁx the members asking for undisand Germany. The names thing, but you can offer it to seat so it doesn’t come apart “Bill, Dean, Norm” are covered Norman Rockwell be displayed or sold to beneﬁt again. They probably also memorabilia. A couple who listed on the plates. Inforthe museum. Some advertising collectibles are bargains. This picture was the top of an 1898 calendar probably given to customers who bought the Hood company rubber boots. The framed picture cost only $74 plus a 10% buyer’s premium. Glad you asked Q Q A A CURRENT PRICES Current prices are recorded from antiques shows, ﬂea markets, sales and auctions throughout the United States. Prices vary in different locations because of local economic conditions. Minton portrait plate, woman, jewelry, veil, “behold all my treasures,” pink, 9 inches, $160. Icon, silver, Mary in red robe, holding Jesus, halos, high relief borders, 7½ × 6 inches, $225. Lalique sculpture, “Ariane,” love doves, frosted glass, chest to chest, 8½ × 6 inches, $260. Jade urn, lid, double dragon handles, reticulated, puzzle ball, rings, 14 × 13½ inches, $320. Cookie jar, cockatiel, ruby art glass, silvered brass head, Murano, Italy, 12 × 7¼ inches, $540. Stump planter, burl wood, knobby, hollowed out, 18 × 15 inches, $1,020. Navajo rug, landscape, mountains, cars, cows, birds, houses, airplanes, desert, 73 × 88 inches, $1,020. Silver shell bowl, hammered, ball feet, Alfredo Ortega & Sons, Mexico, 18½ × 18 inches, $1,090. Game table, convertible, sliding, burl walnut checkerboard top, rotates to backgammon, Lucite legs, 29 × 46½ inches, $1,660. Erte mermaid group, “Sirens,” crossing iridescent tails, holding ﬁsh high, conch shaped hair, purple shells, 12 × 16 inches, $2,300. Royal Vienna, Three Graces, group of women, purple and yellow rose garland, 16½ × 13¾ inches, $5,760.