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.
I haven't in a long time been to Turner Auctions and Appraisals, so I decided to venture over to their website and see what was going on. Fortunately, I found a fine auction (Part 2) from the Warren Heid Family Train Collection. I've just selected a sampling of nice toys from the late 1800's-early 1900's. However, if you venture over to their website, you will see an excellent collection of train sets and individual cars from the Warren Heid Family.
As you can see, there is a nice diversity of train sets and individual cars in this auction. The
I found niknak-vintage , a seller on ebay a few days ago, while I went to see what old toys were being offered on ebay. What I found was an excellent seller, who area husband and wife team (Anthony and Sera) who not only had great toys for sale, but photographed excellently their items up for sale. As well, they have a superb reputation on ebay. You can also visit ebay where Fabtintoys writes an article about George Brown.
The listing that I'm posting today is for a George Brown toy. The title of the toy listing is "American Tin Train George Brown, Stafford, Merriam Union Pacific Victory Loco". The description did not provide much information, so you'll have to contact the sellers. I've added the fine photographs of the listing, and also added a page of photos from a book that I have on George Brown (The George Brown Toy Sketchbook, edited by Edith F. Barenholtz, Pine Press, Princeton, 1971). The book is readily available on Amazon.com, and makes a nice tabletop book. As well, the prices on Amazon for this particular book are very reasonable. The only thing is that, it is very hard to find George Brown toys!
Below is the photograph of the 4 items for sale
Looking at the scanned illustrations below, you can see some similarities between the actual engine and coal bin car, and the above photograph. Notice the front of the coal car with the rounded sides closest to the engine.
Notice the painted and rounded designs between the 2 rectangles that are on either side of the
painted and rounded designs.
Below: Notice the brown-painted and rounded designs on the engine
and under the window of the engine.
You'd have to contact the sellers (Anthony and Sera) on ebay to get more information on these toys, and to ask if they are in fact George Brown toys or some other manufacture at the time. Nevertheless, they certainly are fine toys from an era long ago.
I was looking on ebay and searching for nice toys, when I came across a nice seller by the name of niknak-vintage. I wrote to them, and got their permission to use their fine photos, and to write about their website.
In their own words:
Thanks for contacting us Stacey.
You are more than welcome to use our images and links on your blog. We appreciate your request for permission and would also be thrilled to have additional exposure by you providing links to the items.
We have been helping a few collectors in our area sell their toy collections and have been learning so much over the years by being involved in the research and discovery of old toys! A blog like yours only helps the community, so well done!
Anthony & Sera
The item below is what was called a "salesman's sample". Back in the 1870's-1920's, there were not a lot of roads to travel on, and in the earlier years (1880's-1900's), you didn't even have a car or truck. So salespeople (salesmen in those days), travelled by train across America and carried exceptional small models of what they were selling. If you do a search on the Internet, you might be able to find many more examples of these fine collectables.
These "models" are not really toys, but scaled small versions of real items, in this case a grader.
What I like about them is that they;'re hands-on models that are workable. Of course, such a model as this Adam's grader, would not be a toy for your children to play with.
The model below is 22" long (558 mm), and most likely is very heavy.
It was built probably in the 1910's, more than a century ago!
What I like about the photography of Anthony and Sera is that this is quality. The lighting is soft in order to illuminate the model well. The foundation (what the item is resting on) is white, which doesn't detract from the model, and allows the viewer to see all of the parts easily.
I'm sure most of you know what a grader is, but for those who don't, it is a working machine that levels the earth or gravel for road construction.
One more interesting "tidbit". Notice that this machine has no engine to make it move.
The "engine" in this case would be 1 or 2 teams of horses that would pull the grader along the road!
I get a fair amount of e-mail asking me if I know where to get toy parts. I have several sources, and one of them is Rick's Toybox, that you can find on ebay, where Rick has a store. Not only does Rich have toy parts, but he also sells toys and decals of all sorts. I decided to revisit him today, and I discovered that he has expanded his toy parts and decals quite a lot.
Custom Race Car Hauler Rear Ramp Bed with Winch
& Ramps for Tonka, Etc.
Tonka Pickup Truck Wrecker Toy Truck Boom
Kit Replacement Toy Parts
Nylint Ford Cube Van rear Doors
Replacement Toy Part
Buddy L Firetruck Replacement Ladder Toy Part
Today, I've only presented Rick's toy parts. However, he's quite famous for producing high-quality decals for many different toy companies. So if you're in need of toy parts or decals, please venture over to Rick's Toybox on ebay.
I was checking out the fine auctioneer, Bertoia Auctionswebsite, when I noticed something new.
Bertoia Auctions has teamed up with liveauctioneers to further enhance their fine auctions. As a result, one can now go from Bertoia Auctions website directly to their current auction on liveauctioneers.
The above screen-capture is of the introductory page of the Bertoia Auctions website.
The red arrow is pointing to the link that redirects you to their listings on liveauctioneers.
You can click on the "click here" underneath the liveauctioneers logo to visit the live auction directly.
When you visit the liveauctioneerswebsite, you will see the following introductory page
What's interesting visiting the liveauctioneerswebsite directly, is that you can see how the bidding is going for current items in the auction. You will also see what other items sold for.
Germany, attributed to Marklin, hand painted example, well detailed with
buckets on chains, upper reservoir tank, large center wheel and two hammers
on sides, steam or hand crank for operations.
12" Length x 13" Height
305 mm x 330 mm
Marklin sawmill steam toy
The above 2 photos and descriptions are from the liveauctioneerswebsite. What's interesting is that you can see how the bidding is going in live time for each item listing from Bertoia Auctions.
So that's it for today, and while you're at liveauctioneers, you can also search out other auctions containing toys, as well as other collectibles that will suit most people who like to collect items as a hobby and for pleasure.
It was bound to happen sooner or later, so today was the first day that it snowed. We've had an exceptional fall season, with abnormally high temperatures, and lots of sunshine, so I can't complain. Now getting back to the topic of toys, I happened to find a very fine toy that is modern-made (1990's and later), by an excellent toy-maker who makes cast-iron toys. That man's name is Mr. Tom Selhoff.
The sight where I found this fine toy is on ebay, and the seller is Mr. Bob Woodburn. I communicated with Bob, as I wanted to know how one could contact Mr. Selhoff, as I had a reader write to me, asking what happened to Tom. There was good news and bad news from Bob, so here's what he wrote:
Thanks for your message. I have never met Tom but talked with him several times before I bought a couple of his toys from him. I almost hate to call them toys because no children ever get to play with them. They are more like works of art.
The last I knew, he lived in Talent Oregon which is a fitting name for a town for anyhone as talented as he is. Unfortunately, he gave up on building toys and was dealing in parts for collectible Chrysler cars the last I talked with him.
I know of some toy collectors with fantastic collections if you ever want to contact them.
Bob Woodburn in Bozeman Montana. "
I wrote back again to ask Bob, if I could use his excellent photos, and some of his description. He replied right away and said alright. As you can see, this fine toy is in the style of old cast iron toys, such as the Hubley toy company from the 1930's and later on.
When selling an item, it always helps to take fine photos of your item, and Bob has taken exceptional photos, and lots of them THe large quantity helps to show all the different angles of the toy, so that the customer knows exactly what he iis bidding on, as well as the condition.
I like the small driver that Tom Selhoff cast to go with the fine car.
"This listing is for a fabulous and very scarce cast iron toy of the very sought after full size 1936 Ford 3 window coupe. This gem was built by Tom Sehloff in Oregon in 1997. It is #24 out of a total production of 200 pieces built by Tom. Tom also built some mid 30's Chrysler convertibles, a few early 1930's Packards, a house trailer, some 1930's gas tanker trucks and perhaps other fine toys I am not familiar with. Every piece he ever built was a hit and sold out in a short time.
This toy measures almost 11" long, about 4" wide and about 4-1/4" high. These dimensions make this toy about 1/16.9 or 1/17 scale in size. This size will fit right in with a collection of 1/16 scale farm toys or a collection of 1/18 scale die-cast models. This gem weighs a bit over 5 pounds which is a lot for any cast iron toy car. If this toy were scaled up to full size in all 3 dimensions, it would weigh over 24,000 pounds ! ! !
Tom painted this toy a very attractive green color and I have seen them painted tan as well. I suspect he may also have painted some a dark blue, maroon or black color but that is strictly speculation on my part. Please tell me more about this very fine piece if you possibly can.
The main body on this toy is cast in two separate pieces just like the early toys were. The body halves are mounted on a fender unit like some of the better original toys from the 20's and 30's. This toy consists of 25 parts not counting fasteners including the following (all parts are cast from gray or ductile cast iron unless noted otherwise).
I absolutely love Tom Sehloff's work. There are two reasons I even considered selling this gem. One is the fact that I am not a big fan of the 1936 Ford styling and the the other is the fact that this toy is considerably larger in scale than my 2 Packard's Tom made before he built this toy. Those two Packards go well with a replica of the Hubley Packard sedan that I have in my collection. I am not in a panic to sell this gorgeous toy so if nobody likes it as well as I do, it can stay right here in my display case where it has been for many years already.
I have several more detailed photos of this piece of art that I can email to your direct email address if you contact me. Please do not ask or expect me to email them to you here through the eBay email system. I can only attach 5 photos at a time and the system drastically reduces the size and therefore the quality of the photos.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of Tom Sehloff's more interesting pieces of work. If you really like 1936 Fords, especially the scarce and very sought after 3 window coupe, you would do well to give some very serious consideration to adding this gem to your model, toy or car collection. I may add more information soon. Thanks a lot, Bob Woodburn in Bozeman Montana USA "
So that's it for today. I hope that you enjoy viewing this fine toy,
as well as the well-written description that accompanies this toy.
I've written about The Antique Toy Collectors of America Inc. (ATCA) before, but never a post. So when I revisited them, I was amazed to discover that they had a new addition to their website that I hadn't seen before my last visit. The new addition or section was titled ATCA Toy Catalogs, at the top of the page (please see where the arrow is pointing below).
The mission statement of ATCA is shown below.
To join ATCA, you must have certain conditions (criteria) which can be found below:
Below is a list of what ATCA is all about, and the advantages for joining ATCA.
You can decide for yourself if this fine resource is for you.
Below is a sample of some of the 57 catalogues that they have on their website. ATCA also is always updating their catalogues as they find them.
Below are some sample book covers and their respective pages
The Gong Bell Company was famous for their toys with bells.
The Kenton Hardware catalogue is the early one
You can tell it's early from the type of fire "wagons" and horses that are teamed together.
The A. Schoenhut Catalogue from 1905 has a sample page that illustrates samples of circus toys together with their ladders. I would assume that these toys are hard to find complete with their respective parts.
This Hubley catalogue is from about the late 1930's-early 1940's . The sample page is of their famous motorcycles. Hubley and many other manufacturers made lots of these cast-iron toys.
This is a pre-war (WWII) catalogue of the Tippco Company from Germany.
They are famous for their fine airplanes, including three that has lights, operated by a battery.
On the ATCA website, the catalogues are shown in their entirety. What is great about the ATCA website is being able to check to see who might have manufactured them I'm not a member of ATCA, but for some people, this is an interesting organization that you might consider joining. By being a member, you can write to the organization to help you identify a particular toy, and that's a big help.