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.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Thursday, October 12, 2016 Overcast and Raining 12 Celsius / 54 Fahrenheit
I was browsing the Internet (as usual),when I came across a newly-discovered auctioneer - Milestone Auctions. I went to their website and immediately found lots of motorcycle toys for their upcoming October 29, 2016 Auction. There were 36 toys be be sold at this auction. The photography was excellent, as were the toys.
I e-mailed the company, and Mr. Miles King gave me permission to use his photographs and descriptions, and to write about his company. I didm;t find any background information on the website, so I did a search and found some information on liveauctioneers. The company is located in Willoughby, Ohio (USA) and is "fast becoming one of the moist trusted and well recognized names in the antique and collectibles auction industry. We work hard to bring Buyers and Sellerd together from across the country and globe"
Great early motorcycle toy. All original except riders arms are correct replacements. Windup works. Toy looks like it was cleared at one time to preserve the strong colors. Missing head lamp. A great lookig rare toy motorcycle. 8"
Tipp Tin Friction Motorcycle with Passenger and Driver
Nice original tin friction Motorcycle made in Germany. Bike looks to be a Harley Davidson. Unusual version with driver and passenger. Friction works. Plastic wind screen replaced.
Length 9" 228.6 mm
Ingap Tin Windup Motorcycle
Length: 8" 203 mm
US Zone Germany Arnold Tin Windup Civilian Motorcycle
Length: 7 1/2" 190 mm
Tipp Tin Windup Motorcycle with Sidecar
Dirvers arms are replacements and the motorcycle is missing its' headlight
Length: 8" 203 mm
JML France Tin Windup Civilian Motorcycle
Length: 12" 304 mm
I don't think I have posted about tin windup motorcycles before. There seems to be lots and lots that were manufactured in the 1930's-1950's, and to my untrained eye, I don't really know one company from another. If you are interested in these type of toys, you'd be best to go to antique toy stores or antique malls to familiarize yourself with the toy motorcycles. ANother option is to visit on-line auction companies and check out several to get a "ballpark figure" as to the value of a particular toy. Also, you can always e-mail the auctioneer for further information.
As for Milestone Auctions collection of these toys - they certainly are "beauties".