This single box (one set of sideboards) Mitchell wagon still retains remnants of the original logo and paint on the box as well as the original brake assembly and shafts. Likely dating to the early 1900’s, the wagon’s completeness, condition and brand, itself, make it a unique surviving piece. (More details on traits that impact values of early wagons and western vehicles can be found in Volume One of the “Borrowed Time” book series)
Likewise, the Montgomery Ward pony wagon shown immediately above and below is also a rare and seldom-seen piece. While it doesn’t carry as much age as the Mitchell mentioned in this post, there are other features of significant importance, not the least of which is its overall quality and condition as well as the vehicle type and originality levels. Our thanks to Bill Nigg for sharing this exceptional example from his collection. According to his measurements, the wheels of the wagon stand at 34 inches (front) and 36 inches (rear). The box specs out at 7 feet in length by 30 inches in width with the bottom sideboard depth stretching 8 inches and the top board being 5.25 inches.
Each of these wagons is a great surviving example from America’s first transportation industry. A period so intense with competition that the lessons learned then still have relevance today. Thank you to the Woodfords and Bill Nigg for sharing these two vehicles from their collections.