An Interesting one year only variation
Hubba Hubba. You are looking at a neat Lionel item--this is a prewar Lionel number 817 peacock green and dark green caboose. While the 817 was made 1926-1942, this particular version was only made in 1932. So whether you are adding to the collection or you specifically need the 1931 version of the caboose to finish a set, you better grab this one while you see it.
Lionel made this caboose in multiple variations: colors, color combos, trim, journal boxes, etc. This one is known as variation C from 1932:
- Peacock color (as opposed to red)
- Dark Green roof
- Brass window inserts (vs. orange)
- Copper journals (vs. brass or nickel)
- Brass plates (vs. stamping)
- Black serif lettering (vs. sans serif)
No maintenance label on bottom
Back in those days, Lionel made two different sizes in O: one more aligned with traditional 027, and one that was quite a bit larger. The 800 series is the larger O.
CONDITION: C-6. Oxidation on truck tops and sides. Rust on couplers and trucks. There are paint chips and scratches around the exterior on all sides. One side has yellow splotches of discoloration.