Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Teamwork in Identifying Althoff Bergmann Toys

Thursday, February 2, 2018
Overcast and Snowing
-2 C  28.4 F

Teamwork in
Identifying Some Nice 
Althof Bergmann 
& Company Toys

The Althof Bergmann & Company was established in 1867 by three miner-brothers.They
imported porcelain and toys, such as horse-drawn vehicles, railways, and boats. The toys were made of iron and tin, and were quite similar to the pull toys of the times. 

A great resource for identifying certain types of old toys happens to be the Antique Toy Collectors of America or ATCA. On their fine website, they have a section, whereby one can visit their collection of old toy catalogues, and one of them happens to be  a reproduction Althoff Bergmann catalogue from 1874.  What I did was  use the scanned pages from ATCA two cross-reference (*match up) the toys from Bertoia Auctions to the catalogue.

Courtesy of The Antique Toy Collectors of America

Courtesy of The Antique Toy Collectors of America

Courtesy of The Antique Toy Collectors of America

Here's a fine "large dog on wheels" pull tin toy on cast iron wheels. It's an Althoff Bergmann,
 but it's probably made a bit later, and the catalogue doesnt' have the dog
without the small basket.

Here's another match-up of the upper image of the steam fire engine with horses.

Here again, we have a modified toy called the "Fulton. Bertoia Auctions identified this toy 
as an Althoff Bergmann. Nevertheless, you would have been able to 
identify this fine toy through the ATCA catalogue.

The bend in the that you see above helps you to know
that the irregular shape of the rod holding the 2 wheels has an attachment
that would allow the upper triangular part of the steamship to move up and down.

Of course, it helps when you have excellent photos such as these from Bertoia Auctions to 
help you identify the Althoff-Bergmann toy.

Thanks for dropping by,
And have a great day.

Stacey Bindman

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