Michelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:
Q: I have a very strange pottery bug with a tube of some sort on the underside. I remember seeing it at my grandparent’s home and we were never allowed to touch it. The bug measures 9 1/2” long, 3” wide and is pretty heavy. I have been searching for years to find out what this strange but cute item is. You are my last hope.
A: You are one lucky bug. Based on the photos and description I can tell you with all certainty that you have a crystal radio made by the Brush Pottery Company of Zanesville, OH in the late 1920s. It is called “A Radio Bug” they were made in three colors: green, brown and blue. They were sold under the “Mystic” brand. Other radio shapes sold under this brand name were a wall pocket and rolling pin. You could also purchase headphones to listen to your radio; these have the “Brush” name on them.
If your “Radio Bug” is free of chips, cracks and is in excellent overall condition it would sell for $400-$500. If it is still in working order the price would increase by $100-$150.
note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area where you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about one half or less of resale value.