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.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018 Sunny with Clouds +4 C 39.2 F
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I'd been in communication with Liveauctioneers, and Catherine Saunders-Watson
replied to my inquiry, and said that I might use the photos of Milestone Auctions.
I decided to take Catherine up on her great offer, and I went to the past auctions of Milestone Auctions. Lo and behold, I came across today's fantastic "discovery" of possibly one-of-a-kind
Hubley cast iron toy.
Below is the most-interesting story behind the making of this toy:
Hubley cast iron Indian Armored "Bandit Chaser" Motorcycle. This particular bike is factory painted in battleship gray. The same gray Hubley used on the Elgin Street Sweeper. The other most unique difference is the removable armored shield has N.Y P.D. cast into it. All known examples of the Hubley Armored Motorcycle are painted red and have a shield with no markings. Story has it this bike was made as a Salesman Sample for Indian Motorcycles to sell the concept of Armored Motorcycles to the New York City Police Department. During the prohibition NYPD found themselves outgunned by Mobsters and Bootleggers. They needed a new style motorcycle to keep their officers safe. That's when the Bandit Chaser was introduced by Indian. 5 Bandit Chasers were produced by Indian in the late 1920s. Hubley soon followed offering the Indian Armored Motorcycle as a toy. The toy Motorcycle being offered is in original as found condition. There are no breaks or repairs. The paint is all factory with nice patina. The shield is all original and still has the mica windshield. This is a rare and wonderful piece of motorcycle history. This is the only known example!!
Hubley cast iron Indian Armored "Bandit Chaser" Motorcycle
Hubley had made similar cast iron motorcycles like this one, but this one had N.Y.P.D. impressed on the shield, and thus this one was unique!
The discovery of such a toy doesn't get any better than this. I have Catherine Saunders-Watson, and Milestone Auctions to thank for today's post and permissions.