Crandall School Play Set, ca. 1875
Appraised Value: $800 - $1,200
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Appraisal Video: (2:27)
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GUEST: I brought a schoolhouse that my uncle had gave me back in 1970. He told me that he played with it as a little boy. He was born in 1898. And he originally came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, so, uh...
APPRAISER: Now, why did he give it to you?
GUEST: I'm his closest relative. He really didn't have any children, so I was talking to him one day about becoming a schoolteacher, and so he gave me this to inspire me to continue in that direction, and I did.
APPRAISER: Oh, well, that's wonderful. It's made by Crandall, and I'm excited to see this because I don't think that we've had any Crandall toys at the ROADSHOW.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: And Crandall made some wonderful toys starting in the 1850s, 1860s and well into the end of the 19th century. And this was one of their most popular toys, and I've always found it fascinating that this would have been such a popular toy. I mean, it certainly wouldn't be popular today. You know, it's basically one of the first play sets. We have play sets today-- little plastic figures that scale castles, or pirate ships,
APPRAISER: and it's totally complete. Here you have the schoolmaster with his desk and you have all the little children with their little books. Sometimes we'd have paper on this that would actually have words that the child could learn to read. And you even have Mary and her lamb. You didn't realize that was a little lamb.
GUEST: No, I didn't.
APPRAISER: So they brought in the nursery stories, too. And something that I guess you wouldn't find in today's schooling would be a dunce chair with a dunce cap. I don't think you could get away with that today.
GUEST: No, you couldn't.
APPRAISER: It's a great little set, and as you know, we love boxes with the original paper label. And it's really a charming toy. There's some condition issues here. You know there's a break here. This little piece would need proper restoration.
GUEST: I really haven't done any restoration to it at all.
APPRAISER: Well, something like that really wouldn't hurt. I would say in today's market, you're looking at around $800 to $1,200.
GUEST: Oh, wow, that's exciting. Well, he gave me the set in hopes that I would become a teacher, and I did, so it's really been an inspiration piece for me.
APPRAISER: Boy, I hope that your kids get enjoyment out of seeing it, too.
GUEST: Yes, I display it from time to time at school.
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