Question: I recently purchased a 15½-inch-long silver chain-link choker necklace at a house sale. When it is worn, a small, silver engraved, oval-shaped tag rests on the front of the necklace. The tag is inscribed, “Please return to Tiffany & Co. New York 925.” I would like to know about the necklace, if it was made by the real Tiffany jewelry company and if it is valuable. — G.E., Bridgeton
Answer: Founded in 1837 at New York City by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, Tiffany & Co. originally was a stationery and fancy goods store.
By the 1860s, the firm opened a silver studio and soon established a worldwide reputation for silver craftsmanship. Eventually, Tiffany added quality art nouveau and arts and crafts jewelry and timepieces to its inventory. The “925” mark on Tiffany items indicates they are sterling silver.
During the 20th century, Tiffany products were expanded to include fine china, trophies and popular fashion jewelry such as a “Return to Tiffany” line of modern sterling pieces initially introduced as a key ring in 1969. Later, the “Return to Tiffany” motif was changed to an engraved, heart-shape tag attached to long necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.
This year, several original “Return to Tiffany” choker necklaces in excellent condition sold for $140 to $160.
Question: Years ago, my late husband bought six early Fisher-Price pull-toys at a charity auction. He eventually sold five but kept the Looky Fire Truck. I am moving and would like to sell the toy. Can you help me determine its history, age and value? — K.S., Millville
Answer: The Fisher-Price Looky Fire Truck was made by Fisher-Price Toys, a company established by Herman G. Fisher and Irving R. Price in 1930. Located in East Aurora, New York, the firm produced children’s wooden action toys decorated with colorful, permanently laminated lithographs. Soon, Macy’s and hundreds of other stores were carrying the popular Fisher-Price playthings.
Your 12-inch-long, bright red Looky Fire Truck is complete if it has three small seated firemen who bob and turn when it is pulled. Looky’s large, moving headlight eyes should wink when its metal alarm bell is struck by a mechanical wooden mallet.
Originally offered in 1950, the Fisher-Price, triple action Looky Fire Truck is an enduring example of the company’s well-constructed, affordable action pull-toys that have charmed children for many years.
During 2017, prices of a number of Looky Fire Trucks in good to very good condition ranged from $50 to $85, and a mint-in-box example fetched $120.
Alyce Hand Benham is an antiques broker, appraiser and estate-liquidation specialist. Send questions to: Alyce Benham, Living section, The Press of Atlantic City, 1000 W. Washington Ave., Pleasantville, NJ 08232. Email: email@example.com. Letters may be used in future columns but cannot be answered individually, and photos cannot be returned.