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Posted 2 years ago


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i have seven of these, i believe they are the 7 gods of fortune. not sure what they are made of, the have sss on the bottom. They are about 9 cm tall. are they worth any money or should i keep them. i also have 2 clam shells. Iand 4 of the the rickshaw and geisha, any information would be great. think they all come from 1920-1930

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  1. jwendell222, 2 years ago
    Hi, these are made of celluloid which is a thermoplastic of nitrocellulose and camphor, with dyes. It was originally (from about 1860) widely used, but now rarely because of its flammability. The bottoms are sometimes marked with a number (in the case of the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods) or a small logo, and frequently with nothing at all. You are correct in your estimate of the dating.
    You can usually get an estimate of current values by searching for 'celluloid figures' on Ebay Regards, Jim

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