Antique sled styles include Flexible Flyers and sleds made by the Paris Manufacturing Company and the Garton Toy Manufacturing Company. Flexible Flyers feature thin metal runners and a steering mechanism at the front, which bends the runners in the desired direction. The Paris Manufacturing Company's sleds, which date back to the 1860s, feature hand-painted designs. They can sell for thousands of dollars. The Garton Toy Manufacturing Company's sleds feature a distinctive red deck and are also popular among collectors.Continue Reading
Antique Flexible Flyers are not particularly rare, as they were extremely popular in the 20th century. They may be worth more if they are in mint condition, however. If the writing on the sled's bottom is still legible, and the documentation is included, the sled is likely worth more money.
An antique Paris Manufacturing Company sled may be worth thousands of dollars if it is in good condition. One such sled, which features a hand-painted pastoral scene on the deck, has been valued at $15,000 to $20,000.
Some modern sleds are inspired by past designs. The Molson Runner is an updated version of the Yakima Ski Sled. It features an aluminum frame, aluminum runners and a steering mechanism. The Mountain Boy Sledworks Ultimate Flyer's deck and rails are made from birch and willow, while the runners are plastic. The rider uses the sled's pivoting front section to steer.Learn more about Antiques