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"My father passed down this miniature 10-pin set. How old do you think the toy is?" - W.G., Little Rock
1930s Bowling Game
Our antiques specialist, Helaine Fendelman, appraises your finds and collectibles.
Judging by those Deco red-and-black stripes, I'd date this heirloom to the 1930s, when bowling, a fashionable pastime, spawned smaller versions such as this, intended primarily for home play. This unmarked novelty was likely used indoors, or, say, on a sidewalk or flat patch of dirt. All by themselves, the slender nine-inch-tall fir pins could fetch $50, but the fact that this is the the whole package—with two fir balls and a pine box—doubles my appraisal (that beautifully aged patina doesn't hurt, either). And right now, this game feels totally on trend: Restoration Hardware is selling decorative wooden bowling sets, modeled after a 1920s French version, for $300 a pop.
What It's Worth: $100
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