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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Christina Wells knew there had to be a story behind the tin toy her grandmother had purposely set aside for Christina in the arrangements of her estate. Little did Wells know, her grandmother had purchased the toy for Christina on the day of her birth in 1982.

THE STORY:

When The Great Canadian Roadshow came to town, Christina decided to bring in the toy out of sheer curiosity. One of the collectible experts with the roadshow actually specializes specifically in tin toys of all assortments and was able to immediately place the toy.

It turns out, Christina’s grandmother had invested in a very special birthday present just 28 years ago. The toy was an extremely rare Tucher and Waltham model boat with a fully working steam engine. The boat was part of a limited run of only 100, and our expert was actually able to locate an autograph along one of the wings, making Christina’s toy an extremely rare gem.

The Great Canadian Roadshow works alongside numerous toy collectors internationally. Suffice to say, more than a few collectors were interested in Christina’s prized heirloom. Our tin toy expert was able to find one collector in Australia who went so high as to offer Christina $10,500 for the toy in an effort to complete a 1982 Tucher and Waltham collection he has been building. Christina decided to sell the tin boat, and put the proceeds towards furthering her education and attending grad school. All this time, little did Christina know, in her grandmothers basement, sitting on a shelf this whole time, a college fund had been growing for her!

The Paratrooper’s Handkerchief

A gentleman and his mother were inquiring about a pocket watch. The pocket watch proved to be vintage but not collectible. When the son placed the pocket watch back in his mother’s jewelry box, he noticed a handkerchief with a two-sided map on it. The map was of North Africa, with a green line running through one side, and a red line running thorugh the other.

Upon examination by a Great Canadian Roadshow war expert, the handkerchief was deemed to be a very rare item. The handkercheif was given to paratroopers during WWII in order to identify the location of their allies’ and enemy lines. Paper maps were easily damaged due to exposure to a a variety of weather conditions, as paratroopers often landed in sand and water. The mapped handerchief served as a useful tool in navigation.

The man’s uncle was one of the paratroopers who died during the WWII, the handkerchief was passed to his brother prior to his death.

VALUE:
The handerchief was valued at over $1700 in good condition. Alas the item was never sold.

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