This Cybis Bicentennial Ticonderoga Carousel Horse currently sells at auction in the $200-$300 range or more.
Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there is a great interest by the public to share in the moment through purchasing some memento or keepsake of the event, some with the thought of the item gaining in value.
During the lead up to the 1976 American Bicentennial year, there were a huge number of collectible and limited-edition items created to fill the perceived market demand of people wanting to commemorate the event. The problem is the market was flooded with comparable items, the end result being in today’s market very few of these commemoratives even retained their original retail value.
Some pieces though—mainly because of the fame of the maker—weather the storm of value fluctuations better than others. In recent years, collectors have placed the greatest value on the “newest of the new,” preferring commemorative pieces that have been kept as pristine as possible, preferably unopened and in their original packaging with any documentation that came with it.
This piece (above), for example, is one such exception. It is a carousel horse made by the well-known maker “Cybis” and is part of an edition of only 350 issued from 1975-77. This Cybis Bicentennial Ticonderoga Carousel Horse currently sells at auction in the $200-$300 range or more.
Mike Wilcox, of Wilcox & Hall Appraisers, is a Worthologist who specializes in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Craft movement. WorthPoint—Discover Your Hidden Wealth