Betty Lou Nichols 9½” Florabell


She had a very poor repair job. The glaze had flaked off on her hat, bow, and dress. This figurine was such a mess! I had to take her hat brim apart and remove the old paint that was on her hat brim.

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I glued her hat brim back together, the glaze flakes on her hat brim. The dress and bow were filled in with putty and painted. A few missing eyelashes were also replaced. Value of this very rare Betty Lou Nichols head vase is $2,400.

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Cost of repair: $500

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Hawaiiana Hawaiian Chalk Ware Vintage Figurine


This rare Hawaiian hula girl arrived to the customer in pieces! Since she was insured, I first wrote up an estimate for repair of which was submitted to the Postal Service. The customer was able to recover most of the cost to repair her.

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The larger pieces were used in the repair, however; because there were so many little pieces, it was more cost effective to fill in the remaining gaps with putty. Since the figurine is made from chalk ware she was easier to work with, which also kept the cost down.

Value is unknown of this Hawaiian chalk ware figurine, but be assured that she is very rare. The end results were beautiful.

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Cost of repairs: $275

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