GUEST: I inherited them.
They were either my mother's or my grandmother's.
My mother told me they were her mother's, but... My m, I lost my mother when I was 12, so you don't really remember the stories clearly, and at 12, you don't pay much attention to things that are in the house-- they're not important.
But they've been in a box and I just absolutely adore them.
APPRAISER: Okay, and where do you have them now?
How do you store them?
GUEST: Well, I have to admit, they're stored in, just in a shoebox, mostly because I wanted to decorate my daughter's bedroom with them.
But she found the grin a little intimidating.
And I have to admit that I found it that same way when I was a child.
(laughs) So I understood it.
APPRAISER (laughs): And what exactly was her words that she s...?
GUEST: "A little freakish."
(both chuckle) APPRAISER: "A little freakish."
Your little kittens were made by a German firm called Gebrüüder Heubach, and they were made around 1910.
GUEST: Ah, grandmother's.
APPRAISER: So that would fit with your grandmother's time?
APPRAISER: They each are around six-and-a-half-inches tall.
APPRAISER: And you do have all three.
Their heads are made of bisque and their bodies are made of papier-mâché.
APPRAISER: They even have on their original little ensembles.
APPRAISER: A little cotton playsuit.
A lot of detail in it.
A lot of detail.
They're just in really great, vibrant condition.
The shoes don't have little nicks on 'em.
When you started unrolling them out of your towel, I al, I almost let out a scream, because I never, hardly ever s...
GUEST (laughs): I'm so surprised.
APPRAISER: ...never see them.
And then to see three all together was just such a perfect joy.
Um- GUEST: Are they called the three little kittens that lost their mittens?
APPRAISER: No, uh the- GUEST: My mother always said that's what they were.
APPRAISER: No, they're just little cats that Heubach made.
They also made a little bear.
Everything about Heubach, just all the little extra detailing to the facial features just gives them so much personality.
In a retail doll shop, the one gray cat would be worth $2,300.
And I, I have seen him before.
GUEST: Oh, no.
The little white cat is also valued at $2,300.
And sometimes, I think, I have seen him go a little bit higher.
I have seen him.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness.
APPRAISER: And then, oh, my goodness, this heartbreaker here.
This is the little black one.
I've never seen the black one.
He does have a little bit of damage to his ear, so I'd have to keep his value around $2,300, also, even with the damage.
So as a set, they're worth about $7,000.
GUEST: I don't know what to say to that.
APPRAISER: Are they still freakish to you?
GUEST: Uh... Well, yes, actually, they... (laughs) Maybe they're even a little more freakish... (both laugh) APPRAISER: Um...
GUEST: ...since I wasn't expecting that at all.
APPRAISER: And if this little guy didn't have...
GUEST: The damage?
APPRAISER: ...the little bit of damage, I would probably put him a little bit higher for the set, for around $8,000.
Or even more.
GUEST: Oh, my goodness.
APPRAISER: I, you never see 'em.