That's the case when I found this dirty ballerina figurine at a church rummage sale. She was so nasty........just filthy.
I didn't see any chips or cracks so I took the chance and brought her home. A gentle bath with soap and water did wonders. She is beautiful now......and I didn't find any chips or cracks hiding under the dirt.
Sad to say, I haven't been able to learn anything about her manufacturer. She "sits" six inches tall and the number 750 is molded into the bottom. She has a Lladro look, but is not marked as such. Valuable or not, I think some little girl would love to have her......... perhaps the perfect Christmas gift for your little ballerina.