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Salesmans Samples80 of 163Princess Peggy Dress-and 10 year service pin 1929-1950 in businessMiddleton Tobacco Leather Salesman's Sample Kit
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Posted 3 years ago


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I don't know much about this kind of thing. It looks like it's a toy, but it could be a salesman's sample. Anyone know? Does it have any value? is it a good piece? Age?

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  1. stefdesign stefdesign, 3 years ago
    I have a similar one, and I was told it's a salesman's sample. But I'm not really 100% sure, so perhaps someone can chime in who is more knowledgable. Yours looks like it needs a little TLC, and I think the value is pretty much what you could get for it on eBay.
  2. laustin686, 3 years ago
    Turn it over and see if it has a name stamped on it...
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    These cast iron little stoves have often been controversial were they salesman samples or Toys . The vast majority of experts agree that they were toys . Very nice piece :-) Here is one article of many that talk about these type of stoves
  4. TractorDre, 2 years ago
    These were made by both Ideal and Kenton about 1899 . Some were copper clad.
    No. It is not a Salesman sample. It is a Toy. Price is about $300 to $500.
    You will find it listed in the "Cast Iron Toy Cook Stoves and Ranges" page 46.

    The Salesman Sample line is used to fool Newbies to collecting these stoves to pay higher and more ridiculous prices. Let the buyer beware. Buy the collectors books on Amazon or Ebay. Another book is "Toy Stoves. 1850-1950.
  5. Militarist Militarist, 2 years ago
    I bought a modern copy (with Phillips screws) of the Crescent version with a number of little pots and pans as a decorator item for my wife for less than $20. Besides the type of screws used the modern copies are easy to spot by their poor quality, and ill fitting parts.
  6. TractorDre, 2 years ago
    This is true. I have been pointing out that the Philips screws were used after the mid 60' on both the Queens and the Crescents made in Taiwan , Hong Kong, then China. The last ones made with flat head screws were made in Japan.
    People are selling Amazon stock Crescents and Queens stoves on Ebay as antiques or Vintage stoves. They even leave those crazy colors on them, or strip the lacquer off and make them rust a little for the aged look.
    I have also seen this happen with Old Mountain stoves and accessories. They are calling them also "Salesman Samples".

    What a bunch of crooks. Let the buyer beware.
    I gave my sister a real made in USA Crescent stove. It is missing the pots and pans but everything else is there. I wish it was a circa 1900 one with the nickle finish.
  7. AzTom AzTom, 1 year ago
    I agree, it is a toy. That should clean up nicely. Do NOT repaint it.

    My wife likes to collect these old stoves.
  8. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 1 year ago
    A fun little piece. I am not at all sure why anyone would paint it. That is what stove black is made for. Paint will not last on a stove but stove black will. Use a fine wire brush on heavy rust and then steel wool on everything else then get an old wash cloth or towel and give it a rub with stove black. Let it sit a couple days and give it another coat. Stove black is almost as thin as water and is wonderful for all such items. It has been made by Rutland for years. It doesn't layer up like paint and if you actually use the stove it will take the heat and cure even better. BEWARE! You might want to wear rubber gloves when applying it because you will not just wash it off.
  9. AzTom AzTom, 1 year ago
    I stated not to "Repaint" because that is what a lot of the time. Many of the originals were painted black enamel.

    My point is, for value purposes, you don't want to put any new finish on old cast iron. In this case a little brushing with a fine type wire brush and call it good.
  10. tom61375 tom61375, 1 year ago
    Took the words out of my mouth AzTom!
  11. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 5 months ago
    Is an adorable mini stove!!

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