White Bird Keiki Kite

by Darrell Phillips
(Lincolnton, NC, USA)


Q:

Hi Tim, I was searching the web trying to find out some information on my kite, but it is turning out to be a little harder than expected. The kite is a White Bird Kite. It has the paperwork in the bag with it that states it is a Keiki Diamond child's kite. Kite makers Chris and Heloise Lochman.

From what I have come up with White Bird is no longer in business, so I was wondering if there was a way to determine the age and value of the kite.

A:

Yes, it appears you are correct about the kite makers no longer being in business.

Age...

As for age, I discovered that wholesale catalogs were being distributed to retailers for several years since 1998. However, one reference claimed White Bird the company had been producing kites since 1972! Could be true.

White Bird did a whole lot more than just simple, small kids kites though. During your searches, you probably came across their large Dragons, Winged Box Kites and other large show kites. How about the Super Star 100 Petals, an 8-point star with concentric geometric patterns painted on.

Price...

If you sign up with WorthPoint.com (look it up) for a 7-day free trial, you can search for 'white bird diamond kite' and get the price on one of these that sold in 2011. Not identical to yours by the looks of it, but it might be close in value. It sold via auction on eBay in March 2011.

Also, I found a web page 'last updated in 2007', which showed 11 Diamond designs from White Bird - for US$15.95. I've sent an email to the shop owner. If he replies, I will update this post with any new info that he sends me.

In conclusion...

Kites from White Bird seem to have a great reputation for quality. Don't let your original White Bird Keiki Kite go too quick, I'd say...

There still seems to be some interest in kites from this company. Including, specifically, the Diamonds like yours. By the way, does yours carry the signature 'Karen'? The company used artists for many of their kites.

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Sep 28, 2012
Never Considered Selling
by: Anonymous

I never considered the money value of my kite. It was a gift from a friend. I'm on vacation right now (Moab, UT) and the kite is in the car. . . ready for the next wind :)

Sep 18, 2012
Look On The Label
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Just wanted you to know that I worked for White Bird Kites until 2001 when they moved to Hawaii. If you look on the label on the back of the Kite you will probably see the initials of the seamstress who actually sewed the kite together as that was their custom. If it is signed DL then I made your kite. I made hundreds of kites for White Bird over the years including your little teddy bear.

Aug 23, 2012
White Bird Super Star Kite
by: Anonymous

A friend gave me a white bird superstar. Does anyone have instructions regarding the bridle rigging?




Jul 06, 2012
Keiki Diamonds
by: Windswept Kites

These were made by the thousand. They are high quality great flying kites... Do not sell it - take it out and fly the durn thing!

The value now will be low in the kite world as there were so many made and sold. You might be able to get more than its $15.95 MSRP by selling it as a nursery decoration.

Please feel free to drop me an email if you have more questions on it... rob @ Windsweptkites com

Jun 11, 2012
Markings
by: Darrell Phillips

Hi, and thanks for the information. I do not see a name on the kite, however there seems to be initials "C" and what looks like a backwards "L" under it. Thanks again.

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