German Nodding Rabbit, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $4,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:49)
GUEST: I brought this rabbit that I was given for my first Easter, which would have been in 1932. My baby book says that I received a brown rabbit that was a nodder. And I assume this is it. And as you can see from the picture, which was taken a couple years later, with myself and my brother, I've had him all my life.
APPRAISER: All right, well, I'll give you a little background on him. He's German. He's clockwork. He nods, if we just do a little thing like that. You'll see his head nods and his mouth moves. Can't really tell you who made them. Sometimes you'll see a label on the bottom-- "made in Germany"-- but as to the company that produced it, I really don't know. They were made for quite a few years. This could have been made around 1900. I don't think it was made in 1932. It might have been your dad's.
GUEST: That's what I wondered. My dad was born in about 1909. I wondered if it could have been his, and then they just gave it to me.
APPRAISER: It's sort of hard to date it exactly. By the '30s, this type of thing was sort of going out. This is more of an early 1900s type piece. It's got a couple little condition problems here. There's a missing little foot there…
APPRAISER: One ear's torn there. And you mentioned something...
GUEST: He had a bottle at one time.
APPRAISER: A baby bottle. Okay. These ears are a little bit loose, but that's no big deal. It's charming. It's in fairly
decent condition. Did you ever have it appraised at all?
GUEST: I did take it to a local antique shop. Many, many, many years ago.
GUEST: To a toy dealer.
GUEST: And he said to the right person at the right time, at an auction, for somebody who collected this kind of thing... it could be worth $5,000 to $6,000.
APPRAISER: Okay, well, he's a little high on that because of the condition.
GUEST: Right, right. Well, he was in better shape 25 years ago.
APPRAISER: Okay, all right. Rabbits are very, very popular. Santa Clauses are popular-- all holidays. In the condition it is now just like this, I would probably sell it for around $4,000. Once this is repaired, which it can be repaired, say you put another $500 in it-- on today's market, restored, he probably would bring between $5,000, $6,000 and maybe... even $7,000. Rabbits are very, very, very popular. Everybody likes them. The history's great.
GUEST: Have you ever seen another like it?
APPRAISER: A friend of mine has one, he bought it in Milwaukee years ago.
GUEST: Really? Just like this one?
APPRAISER: Just like that one. So it's the second one I've seen. So thank you very much.
GUEST: Well, it was a pleasure to be here. I'm sure the rabbit enjoyed it.
APPRAISER: I'm sure he did, too. He's still nodding his approval.
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