King Seeley Thermos Little House on the Prairie lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Little House on the Prairie lunchbox is a collectible vintage lunchbox based on the popular U.S television series ‘Little House on the Prairie’.
‘Little House on the Prairie’ is a highly popular and long-running U.S family drama series set in rural 19th century Minnesota. It ran for nine seasons and 205 episodes from 1974 until 1983, making it one of the most popular and long-running drama serials on U.S television.
The show was based on a series of children’s books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, written during the 1930s and 40s, and is still shown in syndication to this day. During its initial run it produced a range of merchandise including a Parker Brothers board game, a number of dolls and a lunchbox made by King Seeley Thermos in 1978.
The King Seeley Thermos Little House on the Prairie lunchbox
The box has light orange borders and a dark brown handle, with illustrated graphics on the front, back and side panels.
The front of the box features the characters Charles Ingalls, his wife Caroline and daughters Mary, Laura and Carrie. The family is pictured with their dog Jack, outside their wooden cabin. The reverse of the box shows a close-up image of Mary and Carrie.
The top panel of the box shows Charles Ingalls driving his horse-drawn wagon, with the town of Walnut Grove on the bottom panel. The side panels show individual images image of Charles Ingalls and Laura Ingalls.
The matching thermos flask features the same image of a horse-drawn wagon that appears on the top of the box.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Little House on the Prairie lunchbox worth?
The box is relatively rare and sought after by collectors. Unused, mint-condition examples have sold for $300 on auction sites such as eBay, whilst near-mint examples sell for $100 - $200 depending on their condition.
Used boxes in good condition and little wear and tear can sell for $50 - $80, with well-used boxes generally priced at $20 - $40.