Toy Barn, ca. 1890
This is a replica of a barn that was owned by my great-great- grandfather, and this replica was built by my great-grandfather. The original barn was on Massachusetts Avenue, behind my great-great- grandfather's meat market.
Which is this building right here.
Right, and then this is the barn back here.
Oh, yeah, I can see the same staircase that's on the front here. Well, these things were very, very popular in the late 19th century into the early 20th century. This was probably built early 1890s. It's a little different because it's a barn, not a dollhouse, and you have some little funky wooden horses there, which are cute, and a chicken coop, which is way cool. Well, it's really, really, nice. It's got great paint, nice history. It's been here in Indianapolis. I love the cupola. It probably did have a little weathervane at one time. Interesting family history. Did you ever have it appraised by anybody?
Okay, well, it goes into a folk art category for dolls and toys, and a little barnhouse like this is probably in the $3,000 to $4,000 range.
So it's good. Don't make it into a birdhouse.
Oh, no, it's going to stay in the family.
Thanks a lot.
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