Kids' toy springs up in value Antiques: The Wonder Horse first began entertaining children in 1949. Now collectors love it too.

September 29, 1996|By Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel | Ralph Kovel and Terry Kovel,KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Rocking horses have been made for children for hundreds of years. A rocking horse made before 1900 is worth hundreds or thousands of dollars today. Collectors can find less expensive toy horses, however.

Children of the 1950s remember the most popular horse from their childhood: the Wonder Horse. The all-wood painted horse was supported on a wooden frame by metal springs. The child rider could bounce up and down.

The Wonder Horse was made by Wonder Products, now located in Bossier City, La. The company made its first horses in 1949. It continued making the same type until 1959, when it changed to a metal frame. In 1952, Wonder also made vinyl horses on a black wooden frame. The company still makes plastic horses.

The old wooden horses now sell for about $100.

A bride I know asked for Kosta Boda art glass as a wedding gift because her grandmother had some she liked. What can you tell me about it?

Kosta Boda is the oldest glass factory that is still working in Sweden. It was founded in 1742. It attracted attention with its imitation Galle designs at the end of the 19th century. In the 1950s, the company began making clear and colored thick-walled vases.

We found an old tin container with a screw-on lid at a garage sale. The front has a picture of a black woman carrying a bundle on her head. The can says "Zanzibar Brand." What can you tell me about it?

Your canister was made to hold spices about 1949. In excellent condition, it's worth from $35 to $50.

My dad used to own a gas station, and I have some Sinclair signs from the pumps. Are they valuable?

Signs from gas pumps are called pump plates. Sinclair pump plates with green dinosaurs sell for $90 each in good condition. Pump plates for some other brands of gasoline sell for more.

Grandma's old clock was made by the New Haven Clock Co. It is an eight-day regulator calendar clock. What can you tell me about the manufacturer?

The New Haven Clock Co. was founded in 1853 in New Haven, Conn. At first the company made movements for the Jerome Manufacturing Co. In 1856, it began making clocks of its own, including eight-day clocks. The regulator calendar clock was out of style by 1915.

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Pub Date: 9/29/96

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