Dear John: My husband and I have been reading your articles in the Citrus County Chronicle for years.

My husband’s aunt passed away recently, and she gave us the statue in the photo. I think it is beautiful and have given it a prominent place in our display case.

She said it was made in Germany and that it was very old. She referred to the statue as her Meissen piece.

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There are no words on the bottom that identify it as Meissen. There is a symbol of some type and I have included a photo of it. The statue is 10 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide at the base.

Thank you for your help. Can you give me an idea what it might be worth if I need to insure it? — D.C., internet

Dear D.C.: The Meissen name is famous worldwide for the production of high-quality porcelain tableware and decorative figurines.

I am glad you sent good, clear photographs especially of the mark on the underside. It is referred to as the crossed swords mark which is well known among the numerous collectors of Meissen products.

Meissen porcelain was established in Meissen, Germany in 1710 and continues into current time. The Meissen figurines especially were an instant success and other companies started producing similar styles.

By the late 1700s and on into the Victorian era, numerous fakes were being produced including fake crossed swords marks.

I think your beautiful figural group is a high-quality, look-alike piece with a fake cross swords mark. As a copy it would likely sell in the $300 to $600 range. If it were genuine, it would be five times the price.

Dear John: I have three Disney movie celluloid drawings. On the back the label reads “This is an original Hand painted Celluloid drawing actually used in a Walt Disney Production,” “Released Exclusively by Disneyland, Anaheim, California.”

They were bought by my dad about 20 years ago. He always thought of them as an investment.

Are they still collectible? Where would I start to investigate their value? I would appreciate any insight you can give me.

I also have a few other Disney collectibles, including a couple of old Mickey Mouse wristwatches. What should I do about those? — N.D., internet

Dear N.D.: Yes, there is still considerable collector interest in Disney celluloids.

They could be worth more than your father paid for them 20 years ago. It would be interesting to know what your father paid.

The Mickey Mouse wristwatches are also sought after and collectible.

In order to help you I need good clear photographs. Be sure to photograph the front and the back of the wristwatches and copy any paperwork you may have.

John Sikorski has been a professional in the antiques business for 30 years. Send questions to Sikorski’s Attic, P.O. Box 2513, Ocala, FL 34478 or asksikorski@aol.com.

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