Price was Right for Vintage Red Wagon

Anne McCollam gives an estimate of value for a Hamilton red wagon, figurines from Napco Potteries, Inc., and dinnerware from Taylor, Smith & Taylor China Company.

BY ANNE McCOLLAM Modified: August 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm •  Published: August 16, 2010
Q: I found this toy wagon at an estate sale. The price was right, so I bought it thinking I would clean it up, paint it, put new wheels on it, and give it to my grandson. My brother-in-law said he thought that would be a mistake on my part. He thinks the wagon may be worth something, and I should leave it as it is.

I have to admit that I am 71 years old and have never seen a wagon like this. In fact, other than the old wooden wagons, I don't recall anything other than the "Radio Flyers."

Thank you for your comments.

A: Hamilton wagons have been made since the early 1900s. Some of the early ones were made of wood. Repainting is probably not a good plan. Cleaning up the original paint and wheels are OK.

Your Hamilton Greyhound wagon was made around 1950 and would probably be worth $175 to $250.

Q: I have enclosed a drawing of foil labels that are on the bottom of a pair of Hummel-type figurines. Each figure is 10 inches tall; one is a young boy and the other is a girl.

Any information you can give me will be appreciated.

A: Napco Potteries Inc. used the mark you provided. They have been located in Cleveland since 1938. Napco Potteries imported decorative objects from several countries, including Japan. Many of their wares were inspired by Hummel figurines. They are still in business today.

Your pair of figurines was made around 1950 and would probably be worth $15 to $25 each.

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