Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ives, Blakeslee, and Williams Company Locomotives - Circa 1870's

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Sunny, and record hot day

Ives, Blakeslee, and Williams Company
Locomotives - Circa 1870's

  Yesterday , I added a post of scans from a 1965 reproduction of an 1893 toy catalogue from the Ives,Blakeslee, and Williams, Company. Once upon a time, this American Company crossed over into the 20th century and was the leader for the manufacture of  toy trains. Eventually, they were surpassed by the Lionel Corporation, and eventually closed shop (their business). 

  The Bertoia Auctions toys presented today are quite similar to the  scans of yesterday's post, and some are even exact. I decided to add a separate post for the photos rather than "clutter" them altogether on one page. If you open up a new window with your browser, you will be able to place both pages side-by-side and make the comparisons yourself.

Some of the locomotive models were made of cast iron, while others were made of tin.

There are 2 things that are quite interesting from my perspective:

1. I wonder why the company made so many similar toys that looked almost identical.

2. For true antique toys that are well over 100+ years ildm, they are "relatively"
inexpensive. I highlighted the word "relatively", because most of the time, very old toys metal are priced quite high.

So the questions that I,m thinking are why would these toys not fetch higher prices at auction?
Are there too many around, or are they noir attractive enough to create a big demand, 
ergo the higher prices?

It's a beautiful Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada, so I', going to make the best of it, and do some work around the outside of the house. The holiday is not celebrated as much as it once was, and is more of a religious holiday, unlike a festive holiday ion the United States.

Thanks for dropping by to visit,
and as always,
have a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be,