Animated Pig Pull Toy, ca. 1900

Value (2009) | $2,000 Auction$2,500 Auction

GUEST:
I found this pig about 25 years ago.

APPRAISER:
Uh-huh.

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...

GUEST:
Unusual.

APPRAISER:
...sometimes you see something you've never seen before.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And I must say, I've never seen this before. It's generically a pull toy.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
Cast-iron wheels, and probably made in Germany.

GUEST:
Okay.

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.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
Goats are very, very popular. You seldom see pigs, and you seldom see platform toys this big.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
So, I mean, this is really exciting. Plus, you seldom find them so cute and so animated.

GUEST:
Right.

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.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
Carversville, PA
Appraised value (2009)
$2,000 Auction$2,500 Auction
Event
Atlantic City, NJ (June 06, 2009)

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