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    Gong Bell Manufacturing Company "Ding Dong" Bell Toy

    Appraised Value:

    $3,500 - $4,500 (2000)

    Updated Value:

    $2,000 - $3,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: July 8, 2000

    Appraised in: Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Appraised by: Bill Bertoia

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Cats and Dogs (#1619)

    Originally Aired: November 12, 2012

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    Form: Vehicle
    Material: Cast Iron
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $3,500 - $4,500 (2000)
    Updated Value: $2,000 - $3,000 (2012)

    Update 11.12.2012:

    We contacted appraiser Noel Barrett for an updated appraisal in today's market. The original appraiser, Bill Bertoia, died in 2008.

    • Current Appraised Value: $2,000 - $3,000 (Decreased)

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    Appraisal Video: (0:54)


    Appraised By:

    Bill Bertoia

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: Well, my aunt and my mother started collecting antiques probably in the '40s, and this is just one of the toys that was handed down to me.

    APPRAISER: What you have here is a toy made by Gong Bell Manufacturing Company out of East Hamden, Connecticut. It's a nursery rhyme toy, and the reason it's called a bell toy is because it had a bell action. As you moved it, the bell rings. This one is called "Ding Dong Bell, Pussy's Not in the Well" off a nursery rhyme which is written right in here. Very good condition, original polychrome paint, all cast iron. This toy today, on an open market, is worth $3,500 to $4,500.

    GUEST: You're kidding.


    GUEST: I had no idea. That's great, thank you. That much money, that's amazing.

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