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Value of Vintage Napco Ceramic Figurine?

August 10, 2021

A monkey in a old fashioned car.Has anyone seen this Vintage Napco Ceramic Japan figurine of a monkey breaking through the roof of a model T ? Any idea what year it was manufactured; 40s ,50s, 60s? I can't find any Napco figurines for sale on the internet that are close to this. Any idea what it's worth? Any help appreciated!

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A monkey in a old fashioned car.
 
A monkey in a old fashioned car.
 
A monkey in a old fashioned car.
 
A monkey in a old fashioned car.
 
A monkey in a old fashioned car.
 
The sticker on the bottom of the car.
 
The sticker on the bottom of the car.
 

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Napco imported these figurines from Japan from 1956 through the early 60s.
A little history of the company:
"National Potteries corporation (also known as Napco) was started in 1938 in Bedford, OH. Napco was initially a producer of decorative floral containers, but they soon began importing items like glassware, pottery, and ceramic items from Japan.

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Napco used multiple manufacturer marks for their head-vases and figurines with some being transfer marks and others being paper labels.
francinesfigurines.com/made-in-japan

Napco made thousands of each item so it would be unusual to find one that is really 'rare'.
I did not find your exact item but there are thousands of Napco items listed for sale online on different sites all over the world. I doubt there are very many real collectors (collectors usually pay the higher prices) as the field is so broad it would take someone a lifetime to gather even part of a collection.

Looking at eBay sold items it appears most items are selling for under $25 (usually much lower) and occasionally one will sell for a higher price. It appears the holiday items are more valuable.

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If you wish to sell your item I would suggest you start the price higher; maybe $75 and all offers considered. Leave posted for several weeks/months and if no offers then lower the price and wait again.
By the way - Your pictures are excellent and should help sell your item.
(are you sure that is a money?)

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