Marx Lithograph Tin Toy Rooms
Appraised Value: $2,400
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Appraisal Video: (2:20)
Toys & Games
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
GUEST: Well, I bought them from a dear friend, an antique dealer, who lived in Kannapolis, which is just down the road from where I live. And he was the best thing, because he would teach while he was trying to sell you something. And he came across these, and he called me up and said, "I think I've got something you might like." So I went over and I got one of each kind that he had.
APPRAISER: How many did he have altogether?
GUEST: About 40.
APPRAISER: About 40?
APPRAISER: And you bought eight and plus the one without the box.
GUEST: I didn't buy it. It was free.
APPRAISER: Oh, that was free? He threw that one in, okay. And what did you pay for them?
GUEST: $3 each.
APPRAISER: $3 each, oh, okay. Well, what you have here, these are little Marx, made by Louis Marx, and, of course, they were one of the great tin toymakers of the '20s, '30s, '40s and into the '50s. And they were famous for their beautifully lithographed tin. And Marx was great for decorating the boxes so that, you know, the kid or the parent would see it and just like the box. And that would be a major advertisement for the piece. This was just a lovely little set that came out in the '20s and well into the '30s. Basically, two sets here. You have the newlywed rooms, uh, you know, the kitchen, the library, and over there, the, uh... what is that, the dining room?
GUEST: Dining room, uh-huh.
APPRAISER: And then they had another series that were these little Main Street stores. And I think there might have been about ten in each series. But they're really charming. When I first got in the business, they weren't thought too highly of because they were sort of... they didn't wind up or anything like that. They recycled some of the parts from their other toys in these things. And it's really quite a treasure, and we... first time we've ever seen these on the ROADSHOW, and it's... I'm really glad you brought them to share. I guess, you know, as far as the value, you say you paid $3 apiece? That's... eight, that's...
APPRAISER: $24? Well, I think you did well. You did make one mistake, though.
GUEST: What did I do?
APPRAISER: You should have bought every single one.
GUEST: Oh, I know.
APPRAISER: But that's all right. Because I would say this whole group here is worth, easily, $2,400.
GUEST: Wow. Really?
APPRAISER: Yes. So call him up and see if he has any left.
GUEST: Thank you.
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