Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS


Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Eagle Riding Toy, ca. 1895

    Appraised Value:

    $3,000 - $4,000

    Appraised on: July 16, 2005

    Appraised in: Houston, Texas

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Houston, Hour 1 (#1004)

    Originally Aired: January 30, 2006

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 1  

    More Like This:

    Material: Wood
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $3,000 - $4,000

    Related Links:

    Understanding Our Appraisals
    Useful tips to keep in mind when watching ANTIQUES ROADSHOW


    Appraisal Video: (2:07)


    Appraised By:

    Noel Barrett
    Toys & Games
    Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This eagle belonged to my mother when she was a little girl. My mother's 89 years old. She was born in 1916. So we think that my grandmother bought this eagle for her about 1918 or 1919. We were cleaning out my grandmother's closet after she died, and this was back in the back of the closet. It hadn't been touched for years.

    APPRAISER: Well, it is pretty amazing and in pretty wonderful condition, and have you discovered anything about it?

    GUEST: There's an emblem underneath telling where it was made.

    APPRAISER: Oh, yes. So we do know it's a manufactured piece. It was made by S.A. Smith in Vermont. They were makers of a wonderful array of wooden riding toys. I can remember the first one of these I saw was about 35, 40 years ago when I first got in the business. And we didn't know it was manufactured. We thought it was a folk art piece. And then we discovered that Smith had made them. And they made a battleship. They made cars. They made a variety of things, and they all were made with this flat wood construction. But we've always found that this is the most spectacular piece they made. And it was made right around 1895-- wonderful piece of patriotic Americana. Even down to the shield right here on the seat-- "America." The child would sit here, of course, and this is how he would steer. So it's a wonder any of them survived. I've seen three or four over the years. It's a great riding toy by one of the great makers, and this is a pretty decent example. I've done a little research. The last one of these I know of selling at auction sold about ten years ago for $2,500. So I think on today's market, this could easily bring $3,000 to $4,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness. I am thrilled to death.

    APPRAISER: Well, it's because it's in such great condition. It's just a fabulous piece.

    GUEST: My mother is going to absolutely be thrilled.

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube