1759 Studebaker Conestoga on craigslist

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1759 Studebaker Conestoga on craigslist

Postby BRIZ » 2009 Apr 03 Fri 9:08 pm

found on craigslist tonight....... :) hehehe


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Date: 2009-03-30, 5:44PM PDT

Appraisal ID:
Appraised On: 02-08-2007
Title: 1759 Studebaker Wagon
Date/Era/Period: 1759 according to wheel identification
Description: 1759 Studebaker Wagon
Condition: Fair condition. Wheels are in good condition. Wood needs to be refurbished and the tongue is broken off and need to be replaced. Everything else is still intact and in the original Studebaker design exept for the wood carriage, built in the conestoga design(as shown in pictures).
Origin: I bought it from a german Baptist individual. I dont know where he had acquired it from. He had rebuilt the carriage in the conestoga design. The undercarriage frame is still in the original design of the Studebaker Corp.
Appraised By: Randy May
Appraiser Comments: Courtesy jemez.org we find some facts. Life in early 18th Century Germany had become very difficult for anyone who valued their personal freedom. Wars, religious conflicts, rapacious rulers and a stifling guild system tended to make it difficult for anyone who desired a better life. Hearing of a freer life in the new world, a family named Staudenbecker decided they wanted to worship however they chose, and have more freedom for their personal lives. The Staudenbeckers were blade-makers in the City of Solingen, which was (and still is) famous for its cutlery. Leaving was not as simple as it might seem. Fearful of exporting their blade-making skills, the cutlers guild required that anyone leaving the guild had to work at another trade for five years in another city before they could emigrate. The Staudenbeckers did so, and moved to Hagen, Germany for the required five years. In 1736 they finally were free to move to the new world. Two brothers, Clement and Peter, a cousin, Heinrich, and their families journeyed down the Rhine. Various petty noblemen stopped them every few miles and forced them to pay "tolls", which amounted to whatever they could extract from the traveler. An unconfirmed family tradition says that the highly skilled Staudenbeckers built false sides and bottoms in their luggage and shipping crates, where they hid the bulk of their money. Once they reached the sea, they booked passage on the Harle, arriving in Philadelphia. When they arrived, the immigration clerks, unfamiliar with German pronunciations, recorded their names as "Studenbecker." Other records recorded their names as Studebaker, Studibaker, Studabaker and other variations. The three families began farming in what were then frontier lands. At this time, the French were stirring up their Shawnee and Delaware Indian allies against the English colonies. On March 3, 1756, they raided Heinrich's farm, south of Welsh Run Creek. Heinrich was killed almost immediately; his wife and three of his four children were taken prisoner. Eager to get out of the area before other settlers could come to the rescue, the Indians began a forced march in which they killed Heinrich's expectant wife and a baby. Years later, three of the children were rescued, and two of them eventually married and raised families. Several of the Studebakers went into blacksmithing and wagon-making. They settled on a design which became world famous- the Conestoga wagon. With settlement in Ohio beginning to open up, they found a ready market for their wagons. Several Studebakers moved west in the early 1800's with many settling in southwestern Ohio. One of them, John Studebaker, began a blacksmith shop; he raised five sons who built wagons. Two of the sons, Clement and Henry, joined together as the Studebaker Wagon Company. The only way to most accurately appraise the real world value of this item would be to review recent sales activity of similar items....and while my records show very few comparable wagons in the marketplace the last few years we can say that the value below probably reflects a catious and conservative view of the value as seen through the eyes of supply and demand and some patient and viable marketability. Congratulations and very best of luck to you! Regards, Randy
* Current Fair Market Value: $29,000.00
** Replacement Cost: $39,000.00
All values are in US currency
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