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"We bought this little wagon from friends, who found it in a German wine cellar. How old is the piece?" - C.E., Southgate, Michigan
A Pre-World War II Toy Wagon
Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.
WHAT IS IT?
Resembling a miniature 18th-century oxcart, this 30-inch-tall plaything is definitely European in construction. The materials -- an elm or poplar body with metal-and-rubber wheels-date it to the 1930s or slightly earlier (such supplies would have been difficult to come by once World War II broke out). A metal label on the back reads "Gebr. Mickash. Wittlich." Gebr. is the German abbreviation for "brothers," and no records of a business by that name are available, so we can surmise that the Mickash brothers from the town of Wittlich handcrafted your wagon more than 70 years ago. Today, it delivers a hefty appraisal.
What's It Worth: $600
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