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

    Cast Iron Toys, ca. 1930

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $4,500

    Appraised on: July 29, 2006

    Appraised in: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Milwaukee, Hour 1 (#1117)

    Originally Aired: October 29, 2007

    slideshow IMAGE: 1 of 4 Next 

    More Like This:

    Form: Truck, Motorcycle
    Material: Cast Iron
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $4,500

    Related Links:

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


    Appraisal Video: (2:21)


    Appraised By:

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

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: They're my father-in-law's. He gave them to us. Um, he was kind of cleaning house and they were his childhood toys.

    APPRAISER: And there were a few more of them, right?

    GUEST: Yeah, there's several more. I picked these pieces because I thought they were in decent shape. And these all have names on them.

    APPRAISER: Yeah.

    GUEST: Yes, yeah. And that was the other reason, is they had stickers.

    APPRAISER: These are, of course, cast iron. All from the '20s and '30s. You mentioned that they had names on them. As you can see, this one is Kenton. And they're classic American toys. This is a cute little Hubley motorcycle. It's marked right inside there.

    GUEST: Oh, it is.

    APPRAISER: "Hubley." These toys were made in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And this little guy is worth about $200. So, that was a nice pick.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And... this wonderful Kenton coal truck with operating coal dump. How does that work?

    GUEST: There you go.

    APPRAISER: All right. Complete with the original driver.

    GUEST: Yeah.

    APPRAISER: It's worth about $800 or $900.


    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: So, that was a good pick, too.

    GUEST: Yeah, okay.

    APPRAISER: Yeah, yeah. And this, this is all original. It's really charming with the detail of the bottles there. And as we said, it has the Hubley decal. This is a decal; these are very easily scratched off.

    GUEST: Mm-hmm.

    APPRAISER: This is another one, even in this condition, which is kind of weak, is in the $800 or $900 range.


    APPRAISER: So, that's not bad.

    GUEST: Really.

    APPRAISER: Now, this one is a little rough because the decal here on the Indian motorcycle was a little...

    GUEST: I didn't even know what that...

    APPRAISER: There was a decal there that says "Indian Motorcycle," but it does have the original decal here

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: on the back marking Hubley. And it does have the original handlebars and the original driver.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: Paint's a little weak, but... this one is a really nice one. This one at an auction would probably bring around $2,500.


    GUEST: No, really? Wow. Wow.

    APPRAISER: So... you managed to pick a few nice ones.

    GUEST: Good, good.

    APPRAISER: So all together, around $4,500 worth of toys here.

    GUEST: Good, all right.

    APPRAISER: And you say there's a few more left.

    GUEST: I probably, we probably have maybe about another dozen pieces.

    APPRAISER: Whoa.

    GUEST: So...

    APPRAISER: Well, let's hope the rest are as good as these.

    GUEST: Yeah. All right, thank you.

    APPRAISER: Hey, thanks for bringing them in.

    GUEST: All right.

    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