Schuco Three Little Pigs, ca. 1935

Value (2008) | $2,000 Auction$2,500 Auction

We inherited them from my Aunt Jerry and Uncle Ralph. And they were a very wealthy couple. They didn't have any children. They did a lot of world travel and when they passed away, I got the Little Pigs.

How long have you had these Little Pigs?

Probably 20 years.

It was a 1933 film, and it won the 1934 Academy Award for best short cartoon. It's a classic cartoon, a classic Walt Disney film. And these were made to market with the success of the film. Now, do you know anything about the toys themselves?

I thought that maybe they might be Steiff because they came from Germany.

And you saw the "Made in Germany" on the boxes?


They're not Steiff, but they're another company from Germany that's just as interesting as Steiff. It's Schuco. You can see here at the base of the foot it says "Schuco." Schuco was a company from Nuremberg. They started making toys in about 1915. They made teddy bears. They also made a lot of windup toys. And by the '30s, they made these great Walt Disney Three Little Pigs. And we have all Three Little Pigs. We have Fifer Pig on the end there next to you; we have Fiddler Pig in the middle; and do you know the name of this guy?


He's Practical Pig. Now, Practical Pig was the pig that had the brick house that the wolf couldn't blow down. And in the movies, Practical Pig plays a piano. But it would be hard for the toy producers to manufacture a piano, so they turned Practical Pig into a drummer. The other great thing is the fact that you have all the original boxes. And each box, the corners are crisp, the labels are perfect. Each one of them works and all the original keys are there, too. They're just in exceptional condition. This set, at auction, would be $2,000 to $2,500. Let's wind one of these guys up.

They're cute. They're very cute. I like them a lot.

Appraisal Details

Village Doll Shop
Adamstown, PA
Morphy Auctions
Appraised value (2008)
$2,000 Auction$2,500 Auction
Grand Rapids, MI (August 09, 2008)

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.