Partly sunny and seasonally cooler
The image below was adjusted with a photo-editing software.
I left some of the aged colour in, and I removed a fair amount of the back page
from appearing through the front page.
What's interesting to note are several things:
1. Most old catalogues do not mention the name of the manufacture of toys.
As such, it's somewhat harder to match up a catalogue illustration
and description with the actual toy.
2. So many different toys were made that it is also hard to match up the
catalogue illustration with the actual manufacturer's toy.
3. When I placed the Liveauctioneers search results for some of the toys on this page,
I only actually found 1 match. Many of the companies at the end of the 19th and early 20th century produced toys that were very similar to one another. There wasn't the threat of copyrights and design infringements are there are today.
Ive never seen the "steel kicking frogs", the "steel galloping horse", or the steel sulky" ever.
I'll be searching for them though. It's much harder to cross-reference (match up) catalogue illustrations with the actual sold toys at auction when you don't have the manufacturer's name. The manufacturer may have had a different description for the toys that what the catalogue seller (in this case Schott & Company) had in mind.
Once again the 3 horse toys below are toys that I have never seen.
I didn;t even know that steel toys existed at that time in the USA. Perhaps these toys were imported from Europe, or perhaps, I have to do more research! These are certainly fine-looking toys.
Ah! Another catalogue page that I would most likely be able to cross-reference with actual cast iron banks. The iron banks on the left are called "fancy banks". Today, they are called "mechanical banks. I've written about these most-interesting banks before. A lever is coked (tension), a coin is placed somewhere, and a simple movement, o r a series of several movement happens to the figures of the bank. Eventually, the coin is placed in a safe part of the bank, and only a screwdriver, or removing the bottom plug will allow the "saver" to access the money.
Boy, am I having great luck! Just within the last several days, I wrote about a Weeden Steam Engine. The one that I wrote about was produced about in the 1910's or the 1920's ,but looked much similar to the "upright" engine on the left. These toys are actual working models and would operate by adding a fuel to the bottom of the boiler and having the water turn to steam, The steam in turn, would create pressure that would be released to operate the large wheel.
I've seen some of the wooden war cruiser below,and am always amazed. They were made from wood, with lithographed paper carefully glued over the wood. The fact that a true antique wooden toy could survive over a century plus, is amazing!