Aladdin Rifleman lunchbox
The Aladdin Rifleman lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox base on the U.S television Western series ‘The Rifleman’.
The Rifleman was a popular U.S television series which aired on ABC from 1958 until 1963, comprising 5 seasons and 169 episodes. It starred Chuck Connors, the former professional baseball and basketball player-turned actor as Lucas McCain, an 1880s homesteader and American Civil war veteran.
The show told the story of McCain raising his son Mark after the death of his wife, and fighting injustice in the fictional town of North Fork, New Mexico with his trusty Winchester rifle.
A range of Rifleman merchandise for children was produced during the late 1950s – early 1960s, including toy guns and rifles, a vinyl leather-effect wallet and a lunchbox, made by Aladdin in 1960.
The Aladdin Rifleman lunchbox
The lunchbox has a brown rim and handle, and features graphics on the front, reverse and sides. The front of the box shows Lucas McCain defending a bank from armed robbers with his rifle, whilst his son hides behind a barrel. The reverse of the box shows the pair riding in the desert, with Mark’s horse being startled by a mountain lion.
The sides of the box feature images of McCain’s modified rapid-firing Winchester Model 1892 rifle.
The box also came with a metal flask, which has a red lid/cup and features an image of McCain and his son chasing off cattle rustlers on his ranch.
How much is an Aladdin Rifleman lunchbox worth?
The lunchbox is highly sought after by collectors, due to its colourful graphics and early date. In top condition, boxes with their flasks intact have sold for up to $300 on auction sites such as eBay.
Used boxes without their flasks can sell for up to $150, depending on their condition.