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I have a 1 cent riding horse sitting in my living room as a piece of art.  She is missing a stirrup and not sure if it works.  I am moving and she needs a new home.   Could you help me with a value, thanks for your help.

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Hi Sue,
Sorry for taking a bit here in answering but I was busy looking for answers to what has always the hardest question: What is it worth? I have to say here, what a fine looking antique kiddy ride and this is the one I think that most people would be looking for, heck, I would love to have it myself and I mostly just deal in slots, some jukeboxes, and other smaller old coin operated machines. Now, value is tough here, at one time I would say as it is maybe from 900.00 to 1,500.00 but that was a long time ago. I don't deal in these rides myself so I don't have the means to keep myself informed in the changing values of these rides. Restoration can add a ton to its value but in most cases, restoration costs more than its current value, so that is one reason restored machines and items cost so much. I like good original as you can't paint old, it takes years for something to look old and you can't have an old overly restored item, restored back to old again, once an item is restored that is gone forever. I guess that is why I love your machine as it is in very nice original condition and to me would be worth top dollar whatever that might be. I would take yours over a restored one any day of the week. But again, that is me and I find most people want an item that has been fully restored and they are willing to pay top dollar for just that. So all I can really do here is offer my ideas as to value as I see a huge swing of different selling prices on this. My guess would be about the same as before and value it at around $1,500.00 but I would start out trying to sell it at around 2,500.00 because of its great original condition and go from there. I might even ask around to some of the dealers in antique kiddy rides and see what they have in mind as to value, maybe see what they are asking for theirs, and then ask what they might pay for yours. There is really no clean blue book value on antiques so that is what makes this answer so difficult and the last thing I want to do is tell you it's worth something less than it really is. If I error at all I want it to be on the high side and in your benefit, but I try to right on the best I can. This is also one reason that I would like to advise you to look around a little more yourself and then decide what price to start at. If you're reasonable or on the low side, it will sell and it's over, and if you're too high you might have to deal with trying to sell it for a long time. I feel at around 1,500.00 that it would sell fairly fast so that is why I was thinking you may want to start at around 2,500.00.
I hope this gives you some ideas, and please ask around a little more as you have a fine looking antique pony ride there!

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Rodger Knutson
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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: info@coinslots.com My web site is at: http://www.coinslots.com

Experience

I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

Organizations
C.O.C.A. and other slot and coin operated machine groups, associations, groups, and clubs.

Publications
Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Education/Credentials
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

Awards and Honors
Take a look at my allexperts rating, and my guest book, links to these are at http://www.coinslots.com Also you can check my 100 percent rating on ebay, as I have been there with ebay from their day one, I am user coinslots at ebay. My other awards come from the very people that I deal with, I always make them happy, no matter what it takes, but they always are happy anyway as the countless thank you letters testify to me, so I know I am doing right, and the best I can. I have found so many hard to find parts for people, I hunt them down and don't stop until I find what is needed to get that customers machine running again and back to life, that is my main goal.

Past/Present Clients
Client privacy prevents this answer, as some are VIP and famous and I will not betray the trust.

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