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"This frog sprinkler has been in my family for ages. Is it valuable?" -- Z.H., Severance, Colorado
Circa-1935 Weller Lawn Sprinkler
Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.
WHAT IS IT?
Indeed! While it’s not the oldest watering device on the block—early ornamental cast-iron sprinklers emerged in the 1890s, as Victorians emulated royal gardens in their own yards—your outdoorsy heirloom boasts a respectable pedigree. Produced by the prominent Ohio pottery company Weller around 1935, the ceramic frog has a mottled green-over-brown glaze that typifies the brand’s Coppertone line, which spanned much of the decade and also included vases, bowls, and flowerpots in nature-inspired motifs. A similar Coppertone sprinkler brought in $2,600 at auction recently; since your amphibian lacks the Weller stamp and shows considerable wear, it commands a smaller, though still quite splashy, sum.
What's It Worth: $900
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