The artist that created this silver Owl is Arnaldo Giannelli, ( Italian , born 1907) a master sculpture, primarily working in stone. Giannelli graduated from the Royal School of Art and in 1944 opened his own studio, much of his work was for the Allied Forces. He was named the president of the "Alabaster Craftsman Guild" from 1953 until 1961. - See more at: http://blog.valuethisnow.com/posts/arnaldo-giannelli-sculptures#sthash.CQr2ou1i.dpuf
The piece pictured here is a "Toby." The first Toby jug was said to have been made in the mid to late 18th century. The first type typically depicted a “Toby Fillpot” character in late 18th century attire, such as a tricorner hat, breech-coat and buckled shoes. - See more at: http://blog.valuethisnow.com/posts/burlingtonware-toby-jug#sthash.KlSTIeDm.dpuf
In the current market his larger birds like this eagle with a silver overlay sell at auction for over $600.00, with a replacment value for insurance purposes of about $1,100.00. http://blog.valuethisnow.com/posts/silver-eagle-sculpture#sthash.rDyneUOc.dpuf
The kingdom reached its maximum size and artistic splendor in the 15th and 16th centuries. Following the brutal British expedition to Nigeria in 1897, about 3,000 brass, ivory, and wooden objects were brought back to the Western world.
Toby mugs are a tradition with Royal Doulton that dates back to 1933 when they were introduced by Charles Noke. The Royal Doulton character jugs range features popular personalities, as well as characters from history and fiction that has included more than 300 different subjects. - See more at: http://blog.valuethisnow.com/posts/captain-hook-toby#sthash.0ZDR0PVx.dpuf
(A Pacing Bull) sculpted by Isidore Jules Bonheur . It was first cast by the Peyrol foundry Circa 1865 and some sold through Tiffany & Co. Like a great many pieces by Isidore Bonheur (1827 - 1901) , it has been widely reproduced, as have many pieces by well known French Sculptors of the 19th Century. - See more at: http://blog.valuethisnow.com/posts/isidore-jules-bonheur-1827-1901#sthash.YFeYKasf.dpuf
A rare 1913 nickel that was once deemed a fake earned 3.1 million dollars at auction in Schaumburg, Illinois on April 25, 2012.