This blog discusses old toys from the early 1920's to the end of the 1950's. All kinds of topics are discussed.
The time span was the greatest period for "hands-on" toys, where a young child could actually go outside and play for hours at a time.
You can see the elegance but simple design of these toys. It was a time when huge machines, and people made and finished toys by hand.
The era has long passed, but many of the toys are still around, and that is what I would like to share.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A Superbly Engineered Bing Mobile Crane of 1920
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Cool and cloudy, changing to rain and hot
A Superbly Engineered Bing Mobile Crane
I always like to visit Opamerica's fine store on ebay. I never know what I'll see,but I always know there will be some rare and exciting toy to marvel at. And I wasn't disappointed when I saw today's Bing crane.
Rare 1920's Large Bing Steel Tower Crane Germany 22x33
I am pleased to offer this Antique 1920's Bing Large Pressed Steel Metal Toy Tower Crane that features a maroon exterior throughout, a four-wheeled base, turn crank (s), horizontal jib with lock lever, and claw piece marked by Bing, Bavaria. Two cranks turn to either rotate the crane or move the jib back and forth; base wheels roll well across flat surfaces. There is another rope type crank in the middle (no rope present). May show paint wear, marks, patina, and oxidation from use and age overall. Slight dent present on one end of the crane from previous use. Sturdy condition.
A fantastic and rare antique toy!
Measurements: approx. base 14-1/2" inches long x 10-1/2" inches wide; 22" inches tall x 33" inches wide.
I used Opamerica's written description because the amount of writing would be too much in proportion to the size of the first photo. AS well, I decided to leave the photos show without any distractions,except for m usual copyright and company logo placement.
For my European readers, the size of this toy is:
Base: 368 mm (length) x 268 mm (width)
Height: 559 mm
Width: 838 mm
This certainly is a large toy, and I can;t even imagine the lifting power of such a machine.
Children of the time much have had lots of fun - for sure! I tried to find illustrations of this crane in my 1912 Bing catalogue, but couldn't. By the way, this particular toy was produced in 1920.
There are several several wheels that are used to lift and turn the bucket, but as the description describes, one set of ropes is missing. This could easily be added and restrung.
I like how the design of the boom looks quite similar to today's immobile location building
cranes. In modern Europe, these building crane as we see today in North America was used much earlier on before it came to North America.
A close-up of the Bing name and logo on the side of the bucket.
I especially like this link chain that looks like brass.
The top lever has a lock to keep the bucket fixed in one position.
In the unlocked position, I assume that the bucket moved back and forth along
the horizontal crane boom.
I'm unsure what the bottom wheel is for.
The lower handle on the left, has an auger-syle gearing that connects to a circular gearing wheel. This allows for the entire crane tower and crane to rotate in a 360 degree circle.
As you can see, this toy has certainly stood the test of time, having been made in 1920 -
(Wonderful in English)
It's time for me to do some more spring chores - gardening and mowing. I hope that it rains as fore case, because the lawn (my task) is my responsibility. The garden flowers are my wife Heidi's "exclusivity".