Animated Pig Pull Toy, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $2,500
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Appraisal Video: (1:47)
Toys & Games
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
GUEST: I found this pig about 25 years ago.
GUEST: And I found it in an antique junk shop and collectibles. And I had to have it. I just couldn't resist.
APPRAISER: And what did you pay for it?
GUEST: It was around $200. Which was a lot of money for me 25 years ago. But I thought myself, it's really a unique object. I had never seen anything like it.
APPRAISER: Well, nothing is unique in our business, but...
APPRAISER:...sometimes you see something you've never seen before.
APPRAISER: And I must say, I've never seen this before. It's generically a pull toy.
APPRAISER: Cast-iron wheels, and probably made in Germany.
APPRAISER: Probably made around 1895 to 1910. Most pull toys you see from Germany are, like, horses. Right. They're about this big, little wooden platforms. Sometimes a lamb; lambs are very popular.
APPRAISER: Goats are very, very popular. You seldom see pigs, and you seldom see platform toys this big.
APPRAISER: So, I mean, this is really exciting. Plus, you seldom find them so cute and so animated.
APPRAISER: So, push him over here. (oinks) And listen to him, and you see his mouth go. I mean, this guy is really a little charmer. Glass eyes, painted papier-mâché snout and teeth. It's got this incredible action and just absolute charm. My hunch is at auction this could easily bring $2,000 to $2,500.
GUEST: Perfect. (laughs)
APPRAISER: I mean, I think he's just a winner. Thanks for bringing him in.
GUEST: Oh, thank you. I really appreciate it.
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