2002 Letters
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Here are some Collectors' emails we received in 2002.

 

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A GOOD START FOR 2002                        

Pat from Ohio in the USA emailed us enquiring about two small  PenDelfin wall plaques. She bought them second hand for just a few dollars about 15 years ago. After we saw their photos, we realised they were two miniature “B” Plaques from the “Deep Relief Nursery Rhyme Characters”, namely Little Bo Peep and Little Jack Horner. These plaques were from a set of 6, introduced in 1956 and withdrawn in 1959. They were all designed by Jean Walmsley Heap. Stella Ashbrook’s  PenDelfin Collectors' Handbook quotes a price between $795 and $1395 for each one of them. Now that’s a bargain! She is considering selling them, so if you wish to contact her, email her at her address PTompkin@neo.rr.com.

 

WELL DONE PAT!!!

 

The outcome...                  

Hi Stel remember Me? I'm the lady who found Little Bo Peep and Jack Horner on my wall. You put my photos on your web site. I sold Jack Horner not long after we spoke. I sold him for 875.00 on Ebay, Couldn't get more then 250.00 bid on Little Bo Peep so I have saved her to sell for Christmas. I thought you would like to of heard the news. A lawyer form US bought him ( Jack Horner). Anyway I thought I would give you notice before I listed her, Probably Thursday Dec 5th I will have the auction open to the UK as well. I don't know if I ever thanked you for all your help but you were super with all the info you had provided.

Patsy5 is my Ebay Screen name.

Best Regards,

Pat Tompkin

 

 

PAT'S 1st EMAIL

From: Pat Tompkin [mailto:PTompkin@neo.rr.com]
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2002 11:49 AM
Subject:  PenDelfin wall plaques nursery rhyme
 

I am so excited I don't know where to start. My Mother came over for a visit and for some reason a set of nursery rhyme plagues I have had for about 15 years hanging on the wall all of a sudden got her attention. She took one off the wall and commented that they were  PenDelfin and no wonder they were so cute. But mentioned she thought the rabbit families as being popular. I decided to check Ebay for these characters to find out more about mine since she said they were collectible. Couldn't find anything but rabbits. So I did a web search on  PenDelfin to find out that these plaques might be very valuable since they were very early pieces. There is a  label on the back of what I think is Tom Thumb. Tom thumb has the label. It is gold and black printed states,  PenDelfin regd.Eng. Hand Painted Stone Craft. The other figure of Mary has no label but the other one of the exact shape of the label is visible where it was once adhered. I bought these as a set.  The only problem I see is the elbow of Tom Thumb the paint is about ready to chip away it is like a crinkled paper just ready to peel away.  They measure approx. 5 1/4" x 3 1/2" Mary and 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" Tom.   If you could please let me know there value and authenticity it would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance! Pat Tompkin

Our 1st Reply

To: Pat Tompkin

Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 2:29 AM

Subject: RE:  PenDelfin wall plaques nursery rhyme 

Hi Pat

Where are you emailing from? It will be interesting to know.

We are as excited as you are… You have a couple of treasures on your wall. They are very early and rare pieces and worth some “good” money. That is the reason they are not on www.ebay.co.uk for sale. I will find out some details and email you ASAP. In the meantime look after them well…

Regards

Stel

 PenDelfin Lovers Corner Webmaster

Our 2nd email to Pat

Hi again Pat 

The two pictures we attach show the miniature “B” Plaques “Deep Relief Nursery Rhyme Characters”.

I copied them from the  PenDelfin Collectors Handbook. The Handbook is a valuable Collector's reference. It contains a comprehensive price and colour guide to all things  PenDelfin and is written by Stella Ashbrook. See our web /pendelf/information/handbook.htm and also this web link netstoreusa.com/aabooks/ for availability of the book on the Internet.

There are six plaques in the set6, introduced in 1956 and withdrawn in 1959, so we are talking a good 40 to 45 years ago. Their names are Tom The Piper’s Son, Mary Mary, Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet and Wee Willie Winkie, . They were all designed by Jean Walmsley Heap.

Did you buy them new from a  PenDelfin Stockist or were they “second hand”? If so, when and where did you acquire them and were they expensive? We will be interested to know as quite often the history of the item might add to its value. Please let us know. If you do not mind we will publish your email on our web site. A digital picture of their front and rear in an email will be also welcome. The  PenDelfin Collectors Handbook quotes a price between $795 and $1395 for each one of them, depending upon their condition and how much a buyer is really willing to pay for them. As I said earlier, you have two delightful little treasures. Do look after them well and I hope you found our response useful. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Stel

PAT'S Little Jack Horner in very good condition

Pat's Confession

 

Hi Stel

Then it is verified by the picture of Jack Horner which I have and Little Bo Peep which you did not include in your attachments have attached the pictures. I bought them second hand for just a few dollars about 15 years ago. Loved them took them home and hung them on the dining room wall. I appreciate your giving me the values. I am interested in selling them can you direct me on how to go about it

Best Regards Pat

 

OUR ADVICE TO PAT

Hi again Pat 

I shall put your letter and pictures on our web site /pendelfin/collectorscorner/2002_letters/ by this weekend along with your email and the price bracket from the collectors’ handbook.  I could also (or you can) post a message on our MESSAGE BOARD at / PenDelfinLoversCorner/messageboard.msnw Another good place as you know, for selling  PenDelfin is www.ebay.co.uk. You should join in prior to putting them up for auction. Make sure you define a minimum price and read carefully the TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE before you put them up for auction. There is another web site, with a message board dedicated to  PenDelfin, at www.worldcollectorsnet.com/ PenDelfin/index.html. You may post a message there with the pictures you already have and wait for a response with an offer.  Congratulation on your EXCELLENT bargain and if you do not mind, please let us know how much they were sold for. They both look in a good condition.   Good luck and thanks again for the info and YOUR pictures.

Regards

Stel

From: Pat Tompkin Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 6:26 AM
To: Stel@porthcawl.freeserve.co.uk
Subject: Re: Re:  PenDelfin wall plaques nursery rhyme what are they worth

Hi Stel remember Me? I'm the lady who found Little Bo Peep and Jack Horner
on my wall. You put my photos on your web site. I sold Jack Horner not long
after we spoke. I sold him for 875.00 on Ebay, Couldn't get more then 250.00
bid on Little Bo Peep so I have saved her to sell for Christmas. I thought
you would like to of heard the news. A lawyer form US bought him ( Jack
Horner). Anyway I thought I would give you notice before I listed her,
Probably Thursday Dec 5th I will have the auction open to the UK as well. I don't know if I ever thanked you for all your help but you were super with
all the info you had provided.
Patsy5 is my Ebay Screen name.
Best Regards,
Pat Tompkin


Another happy collector. Didn't she do well?