Turner Pressed Steel Toy Bus, ca. 1926

Value (2010) | $5,000 Auction$6,000 Auction
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APPRAISER:
So, Larry, you came up from Turkey Creek, right?

GUEST:
Turkey Creek, Kentucky.

APPRAISER:
Tell me about this bus you brought.

GUEST:
Well, I think it's a 1920s Turner, is what I was told. Got it from a friend of mine. He's a real good friend, and he actually gave it to me.

APPRAISER:
He gave it to you.

GUEST:
I didn't have to buy it, he gave it to me. I think he got it at an estate sale.

APPRAISER:
Now, you collect toys?

GUEST:
I do collect toys.

APPRAISER:
So he decided that he'd be a real good friend and give you this bus.

GUEST:
Yeah, because I don't have anything like this. I've got a lot of cars and trucks, but nothing this early.

APPRAISER:
This is that early pressed steel...

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
And you're absolutely right, it's 1920s, it's Turner, and of course you know a little bit about toys. You know Buddy L made buses and Buddy L made the big pressed steel stuff. Then there were companies like Turner that came along. It's a nice toy and pretty nice gift.

GUEST:
Yes, it is.

APPRAISER:
You have any idea what it might be worth?

GUEST:
I'm beginning to think it's worth pretty good money. I don't know; I've had a lot of "oohs" and "ahhs" on it.

APPRAISER:
Well, I'll tell you, it's a rare bus.

GUEST:
Is it really?

APPRAISER:
Frankly, it's about the third one I've ever heard of.

GUEST:
No way.

APPRAISER:
Well, boy, I hope your friend doesn't want to take it back now.

GUEST:
I'm hoping not. I don't know.

APPRAISER:
Well, even though it's missing a headlight, I don't think that's that important once you get into this level of rarity. The last two of these that I know of, selling at auction, were $5,000 and $6,000.

GUEST:
No way. Are you serious?

APPRAISER:
I am dead serious.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
And the last one was $6,000 and it had a repainted running board. This is a little bit better than the last one I know of that's selling at auction. This is a minimum $5,000 to $6,000 bus.

GUEST:
I'm going to have to do a lot of, uh...

APPRAISER:
You're going to have some fun with your friend.

GUEST:
Yes, I am. Yes, I am.

APPRAISER:
Well, you might just have to buy him lunch or dinner.

GUEST:
He's a good guy.

APPRAISER:
He's a good guy. I think it was maybe worth your drive from Kentucky.

GUEST:
Yeah, I'm really tickled. It was an honor to be here.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
Carversville, Pennsylvania
Appraised value (2010)
$5,000 Auction$6,000 Auction
Event
Washington, DC (August 21, 2010)
Period
20th Century
Form
Vehicle
Material
Steel

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