Cast iron Santa toy

santa-and-sleighMichelle Knows Antiques is a great way to find the value of your antiques. Submit your antique for appraisal on our easy to use form. Here is a recent appraisal from Michelle’s column in Discover Vintage America:

Q: On your website I saw this Santa in a sleigh with reindeers valued at $4,000 or more. How can I find out if this is authentic? Can you tell me the same information on the fire wagons?

A: Cast iron toys such as this are reproduced in very large numbers and to give an accurate appraisal really requires a hands on evaluation. As the original response states “…if it is marked Hubley….” or has any other company mark that would tell us for sure that it is an old piece. The auction value, in a good auction house would be $3,000 or higher based on the like new condition of the paint and the number of reindeers.

Just looking at the photographs of the two fire wagons I have some concerns about their age. These were made to be played with and neither piece shows any sign of wear to the paint and the detail is lacking such as the horses don’t appear to have four legs.

 If the fire wagons are marked and do prove to be antique the value at a well known auction house would be $1,500-$3,000. As contemporary reproductions they would sell for around $25.

Here is a link to the page that contains the original question –

note – All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawn shop prices are about ½ or less of resale value.

Written by Michelle Staley

Michelle Staley has over 35 years of experience as an antique collector, picker and dealer. She has done hundreds of insurance and IRS appraisals in addition to just satisfying another collector or dealer’s curiosity concerning what an item is, does or its worth. Other experience includes her work as a forensics consultant and in archeological identification and dating.

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  1. I have one of these cast iron santa and sleigh. The same one pictured above on this post. I know I am missing some of the reindeer. Curious if you would know what the value is ? Can you send me an email address so I can send you a picture of the piece I have.

    • Michelle Staley

      There are so many reproductions on the market that I would need good photos, weight, details. You can go to the “Submit Appraisal” page and for $25 I can give you an accurate value and history. Thank you.

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