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.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Cast Iron Kenton Toys
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Cast Iron Kenton Toys
I just finished writing a post about Turner Auctions & Appraisals in which they are having an auction this weekend. Interestingly, Bertoia Auctions is also having an auction as well.
There are lots of Kenton cast iron toys up for auction, so that's what I decided I'd write about. I also decided to match up the auction items with their catalogue listings.
Most of the toys presented today are from approximately the 1927 & 1930 catalogues.
Like other cast iron toy companies, Kenton started out as a home hardware company making refrigerator locks. The company was founded in 1890 by F.M. Perkins in Kenton, Ohio. The company start red manufacturing toys in 1894. The company became part of the National Novelty Corporation and continued to make toys.
Only 10% of their toys were marked with the Kenton name, while early toys simply were not marked.
In 1927, many iof the toys were still horse-drawn, but some car toys first appeared in 1923. Most automotive cars were produced from 1933-1940*
Since the automobile and truck were relatively new, there weren't that many manufacturers at the time, and most of the models appeared similar to other companies. As such, the same thing could be said of the toy reproductions. In order to identify a specific manufacturer, you have to be an experienced toy seller or auctioneer. Also, old toy catalogues help to also identify the manufacturer, and the approximate time period that the toy would have been made.
Kenton Oil and Gas Truck
Cast iron, painted in green overall with embossed
lettering and water tanks on sides, gold spoke wheels.
Circa 1927, cast iron, an interesting auto design with rear compartment used as housing for yellow boom with working winch, auto done in red, silver and yellow disc wheels, seated driver.
Length: 9 1/2" 242 mm
Another piece of useful information for identifying a particular company might be the actual weight of the toy. Most manufacturers' catalogues were made for "the trade" (e.g. buyers of toys in bulk0. As such, the weights were given, as well as the total number of toys in a box. From that information, you could "approximately" figure out the weight of the toy.