Created by skilled artisans, antique toys are finely-crafted objects that collectors seek today. Durable, meticulously hand-painted and creative in their design, antique toys from the Victorian era are miniature works of art. They reconnect us with the pleasures of childhood, which is why toys of all kinds are usually at the top of the list for most antique collectors.
1. Aesthetics. Collect toys that are both meaningful to you and beautiful in design. No matter how rare or expensive the item, if you don’t think it’s beautiful, you won’t enjoy it nor want to put it on display in your home.
2. Condition. A finely-preserved antique toy is always going to demand the highest price. In auctions, a well-preserved, cast iron toy can command as much as $60,000. There are plenty of beautiful toys, although they might not be 100% perfect. These are in the $500–$3,000 price range. Remember that these were the domain of children—a little wear and tear makes them endearing.
3. Priceless. Some collectors prefer certain types of toys because they believe these items will increase in value. While this may be true, the future value of an antique is difficult to anticipate. The real purpose of a vintage toy is to illuminate your heart and allow you to experience the simple pleasures of childhood. That’s priceless.