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    Crandall Hobby Horse, ca. 1880

    Appraised Value:

    $1,600 - $2,000 (2009)

    Updated Value:

    $1,600 - $2,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 27, 2009

    Appraised in: Raleigh, North Carolina

    Appraised by: Noel Barrett

    Category: Toys & Games

    Episode Info: Greatest Gifts (#1620)
    Raleigh (#1401)

    Originally Aired: January 4, 2010

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    Form: Animal, Riding toy
    Material: Metal, Paint, Wood
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $1,600 - $2,000 (2009)
    Updated Value: $1,600 - $2,000 (2012)

    Update 12.17.2012:

    We contacted appraiser Noel Barrett for an updated appraisal in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $1,600 - $2,000 (Unchanged)

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    Appraisal Video: (2:22)


    Appraised By:

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

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: It's been in my family on my mother's side. It was my great-grandfather's when he was little. And it was in my aunt's garage, and she just asked me if I wanted it, and I said, "Sure," and it's been sitting in my living room ever since.

    APPRAISER: Well, now, you played with this?

    GUEST: I did, but mostly my mother and her brother rode on it when they were little. My children grew up riding on it. We decorate it for Christmas every year.

    APPRAISER: Mm-hmm.

    GUEST: Looks great with reindeer antlers.

    APPRAISER: Well, he's a real charmer. In 1861, a man by the name of Jesse Crandall, who is one of the great toymakers, particularly of riding toys for children, patented this design...

    GUEST: Really?

    APPRAISER: ...with this spring mechanism. I think his company was in New York City, and Crandall started making this in the 1860s, probably stopped in the 1880s, 1890s. But it was a radical departure, because most rocking horses were on rockers like this and rocked back and forth. It has this monstrous, heavy-duty spring. I mean, I can actually ride this. It will hold a lot of, uh, avoirdupois. But it is quite an amazing thing, and on this beautiful painted base. Now, obviously, he's been through a lot of hard times. But he still has an amazing presence, even though the paint is worn. Just beautiful, flowing lines. Great survivor. And the last one of these I heard selling at auction had repaired legs and some other issues, sold for $1,600. I think this one would be easily in that range and maybe as much as $2,000 at auction. Just stunning. Think I could ride it?

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: Let me see if I can give it a shot. See? There we go. I mean, if it holds me, it could hold anything.

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