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Hi,

I have an old sketch of what looks like the "Gerber Baby" but has "Buster" on the bottom left corner.  Its a black & white sketch of a baby sitting on it's left side, both hands leaning forward, and a medium size ball in front of him/her?  There is a "C" enclosed in a circle in the bottom right corner and signed by J. Knowles Hare under the ball and the "C".  I have tried to find information on this but can't seem to find anything??  Thank you for any information on this.

Fred

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J. Knowles Hare (1884-1947)was born in Montclair NJ.  He was a commercial illustrator in the NYC area, did a number of cover girl pictures for periodicals such as the "Saturday Evening Post" and "The Country Gentleman".   He executed drypoint etchings as well. His signature is one of short, blocky capital letters.  My guess is the "c" to which you refer is a copyright, and likely means you have a print, not an original.    If I were you, I might contact the Gerber marketing department.  It is possible the copyright was with them, or another corporate entity marketing baby products.  As to value, even an original sketch might bring only $200 or so at public auction.  Hope that baby is cute.

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American Fine Art Paintings.
Oils, Watercolors, Sketches. Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Hudson River School, Pennsylvania Academy, Cape Ann artists, Ash Can, Woodstock, Florida Indian River, American Impressionists, etc. I can provide some background about artists and perhaps a rough appraisal or guidance towards obtaining a value. I am acquainted with many of the best American art dealers and auction houses. Original works only, I do not follow the print market. I do NOT field questions about prints.

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I am not expert in European art. I encourage you to send questions on European artists to other experts on this service. NO PRINTS:I encourage you to seek help on prints elsewhere. Two sites come to mind: www.artoftheprint.com and www.philaprintshop.com

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I have been collecting original American Fine Art for over 20 years. I have curated art shows, and I have served as a dealer, providing appraisals and guidance for the last 8 years.

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Bachelor of Arts Master of Business Administration

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