Tally-Ho Coach & 3-Seat Brake

Value (2013) | $10,000 Auction$12,000 Auction

I inherited these from a good friend of mine who was a toy collector. This is a Tally-ho and this is a Brake. And I've had them for 14 years.

Well, he certainly must have been a good friend because he left you some very nice toys. They're cast iron. They're horse-drawn toys. And this is what we call a 3-Seat Brake. This was made by Hubley in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And this one was made by Carpenter, who is one of the really classic toy makers of the 1890s. And they're both very, very nice toys. This Hubley 3-Seat Brake, because it has a couple of problems which I'll tell you about, is worth about $5,000 to $7,000. It's had a little bit of work over the years, and some of these old toy collectors, they would fix these toys and make them nicer than they found them. Both side lamps are replaced. Some of the figures might be recast. But other than that, it's in pretty decent shape. And of course it had that great galloping action. This is the way Hubley had these horses gallop so it really gave nice, realistic motion. Carpenter also had a similar galloping action. Theirs was a totally different mechanism with these revolving wheels that would lend a realistic look to the horses. This is probably one of the most complex and most desirable of all the cast-iron carriage toys: the Tally-ho. Very complicated with the double horse hitch, and not a lot of them have survived. This toy I would say, in this condition, would be worth in the $8,000 to $10,000 range.


Appraisal Details

Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
Carversville, PA
Update (2013)
$10,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Appraised value (1999)
$13,000 Auction$17,000 Auction
Salt Lake City, UT (July 10, 1999)

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