Dear Wendy: Thanks for the email. One of the best ways to identify any commercially made object is to look for the maker of the object and then do research on the company. This gives you an idea of when the company was in business and by the same token when your item would have been made. I believe that your stroller is indeed very old because it is facing away from the pusher. In 1898 the patent for reversing the buggy to face the person pushing the carriage was filed. The earliest strollers were not made to be pushed but pulled. I was amazed to find out that Kent , the great architect and builder of many palatial British homes, invented the baby buggy – wait till I let my furniture students know!
Now as far as value goes.. I am not sure. Such a buggy may not be worth as much as one might think. I’ll tell you why.
1. The market for baby buggies / strollers is not huge. People admire them but don’t want to store them in their home because they are practical antiques.
2. There are strict safety codes for the sale of anything to do with babies and young children. The same goes for high chairs etc. Be very careful about the way you describe your stroller – do not insinuate that the person buying it can use it for a living child or you may be held liable. Describe it as a collectible.
3. This leaves the collectors. Collectors really gravitate towards the later Victorian versions made of wicker and wood. These old buggies are especially popular with doll collectors. Your example is quite plain even though it is very old. I have never sold a stroller above $350. For info on how much others are charging now however check out Ebay. Think of the market in which you are selling and go from there. If you are selling it through Kijiji be prepared to have to dicker over price. Check out the web sites I sent you and cut and copy info to be passed on to the new owner.
I admire you for being a person of her word and doing what the elderly lady asked you to do. No doubt she is watching you right now.