Country Living (USA)
N.B., Petaluma, CA
PROVENANCE: Spotted in a case at a local antiques mall
WHAT IT IS: “Your sleigh-riding Santa is an early 1950s lithographed tin toy manufactured in Japan for Elvin,” says appraiser Bene Raia of Raia Auctioneers. These brightly colored lithographed toys began replacing wooden toys in the early 1800s, but they really grew in popularity starting in the 1930s, when manufacturing allowed for cheap and prolific production. “The condition of your toy is very good,” says Bene. “Plus, it still has its key, and you have the box!” She adds that the reindeer’s missing antlers don’t really devalue the toy, because applied pieces are often missing when found on the secondary market.
WHAT IT’S WORTH: $100 to $150