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.


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
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ated with the strip. The Billy
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
use if you want your chair
edu) in Columbus, Ohio, has
stuffed upholstered seat.
Rockwell made on postto be restored to the period
the world’s largest collection
The bottom has separated
cards and sent to friends.
of materials related to comand is falling down. I’ve
Years ago, when Norics and cartoons. You can
had the chair for over 30
man Rockwell plates
contact The Cartoon Art
years and was told it’s VicRockwell traveled to
were popular, I collected
Museum ( in
torian. What’s the best way them. I’ve gotten rid of
Europe with friends Bill
San Francisco and The Society
to repair it?
Backer and Dean Parmalee.
all but my four favorites.
of Illustrators (societyillustraIf your chair is an
Rockwell’s sketchbook was
They’re called “Rockwell in New York City.
antique, don’t try to
stolen near the end of their
on Tour” and show sketchIf you have toys, games or
repair it yourself. 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






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,
Royal Vienna, Three Graces,
group of women, purple and
yellow rose garland, 16½ × 13¾
inches, $5,760.


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