Ask the Expert Hi Mike:
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.