Ask the Ex­pert Hi Mike:

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

I read your ar­ti­cle in the Free Press this past Satur­day and thought I should send you a pic­ture of a cast-iron toy that my fa­ther gave me; he re­cently passed away at the age of 93. This was a child­hood toy of my dad’s and he told me it was not new when he got it. I am as­sum­ing it is ap­prox­i­mately 100 years old. It has never been al­tered or painted. I am not re­ally in­ter­ested in sell­ing it but won­dered what its value would be.

Re­gards, Gord M., Bran­don in 1927, and is a scarce toy. Whether the cast-iron toy has re­tained its orig­i­nal paint is very im­por­tant, as the con­di­tion of the paint de­ter­mines value. Un­for­tu­nately, your wagon is miss­ing its orig­i­nal seat. Your toy in its cur­rent con­di­tion, pro­vid­ing there are no chips or cracks in the cast iron, would sell for $150 to $200. Mike Huen is an an­tique dealer and owner of Mike’s Gen­eral Store in Win­nipeg. If you would like to have an item ap­praised, please in­clude a photo with your ques­tion. Email ques­tions to mike@ mikesgen­er­al­store.com, and put ‘Free Press’ in sub­ject line, or write to Mike’s Ap­praisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Win­nipeg,

MB, R2M 2Y3.

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