I am interested in getting an appraisal on this set of Kachina dolls. They were purchased by my parents in the 1980s.
1. Buffalo – 13 inches tall. Signed “Albert Tso White Buffalo.” There is some damage to the horns as you can see in the detail picture.
2. Eagle – 11 1/2 inches tall. Signed, “Lavern Sloan Eagle.” The base is beginning to detach from the right-hand foot of the carving.
3. Angry – 13 inches tall – signed, “Albert Tso Angry.”
In addition, the feathers of all the dolls are dusty.
But any help you can provide would be great. I am interested in selling these – probably via ebay.
AW says: I think your Kachina dolls are nicely done and I would agree that they originated from the approximate era that you’ve indicated. I’m judging this by the bases they’re attached to which are obviously not very old. There was a resurgence of interest in all things Native American in the mid 1970s to late 80s and many of these Kachinas and other Native American crafts were produced on Hopi and Zuni reservations.
I believe these are Hopi. At this point the artists you’ve listed haven’t been in the marketplace long enough to be time tested and at the moment, their names lend significant appraisal value to the dolls. That could change obviously in the future if either of the artist have listed works that do well in shows, auctions or galleries.
Date range: 1975-1980
Retail value: From right to left: $150, $125,$185
Wholesale value: $65,$55,$95
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value:$45,$35,$55
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common trade terminology: Kachina Dolls, Native American Kachina Dolls, Spirit Invocations, Hopi, Zuni, South Western Native American Tribes
Nicknames or slang terms: Indian Dolls, Spirit dolls, Kachinas
In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page, and to bookmark it via your favorite bookmarking service.
Care and storage tips: These are fragile and easy to break, because they are so animated, I’d keep them away from small children and pets.
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