Dear Old Man:
Thank you for your articles about antiques. Last month, The Best Times had an article about your interest in tin penny toys. I’ve had a fire truck since I was a young boy. Do you know its value, who made it and when?
Thank you for reading the Best Times. I am honored to be one of the contributors. Your fire truck was made by the George Fischer Company. Founded at the beginning of the 20th century in Nuremberg, Germany. George Fischer produced tin penny toys and other novelties and began using the monogram trademark “G.F.” after WWI. Production ceased in 1958. If you look closely in the center of the hood you’ll see the “GF.” I think your truck was made between WWI and WW II, 1917-1940 There should be a driver and four firemen. You are missing the driver and one of the men. Fischer toys are very collectible. Since your truck is missing the driver and a fireman, value is less than mint condition. Mint value would be $125-$150; less than mint, $75-$100.
Ed Tuten is the Executive Secretary of the New England Appraisers Association and can be reached by phone 901-758-2659 (land) or 901-216-7070 (cell). Mailing address is 6973 Crestridge Rd., Memphis, Tn 38119 Please include good photographs.