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    Ives Clockwork "Kitten in a Can," ca. 1885

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 (2005)

    Updated Value:

    $3,000 - $4,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 18, 2005

    Appraised in: Providence, Rhode Island

    Appraised by: Eric Alberta

    Category: Collectibles

    Episode Info: Cats and Dogs (#1619)
    Unique Antiques (#1120)
    Providence (#1014)

    Originally Aired: May 15, 2006

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    Form: Toy, Animal
    Material: Metal
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $8,000 (2005)
    Updated Value: $3,000 - $4,000 (2012)

    Update 11.12.2012:

    We contacted appraiser Eric Alberta for an updated appraisal in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $3,000 - $4,000 (Decreased)

    Alberta notes that a similar "kitten in a can" appeared at a November 2011 sale and sold for $3,250, plus buyer's premium, against a $2,000 to $4,000 estimate. The sale description said that it appeared in the Ives 1893 catalogue as "Mechanical Peek-A-Boo."

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    Appraisal Video: (1:00)


    Appraised By:

    Eric Alberta
    Toys & Games
    Collectibles Appraiser

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: This was given to me by my mother, who received it from her mother. When you pull it out... There it goes. And you'll see the cat comes up and then disappears.

    APPRAISER: I'm amazed at the condition that it's in. It's by one of the foremost toy producers of the 19th century, Ives, a Connecticut-based firm, and they made this toy around 1885. I sold one years ago, and it brought over $8,000.

    GUEST: Are you kidding me?

    APPRAISER: No, I'm not. So when I saw it come into the Roadshow, I was very pleased. So the kitten in the can is a great toy, and thank you for bringing it to the Roadshow.

    GUEST: Well, thank you, so it's worth about $8,000, huh? Wow. My wife's going to want to sell this. Here it comes. And then it will come up. There it goes.

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