Saturday, March 17, 2018

Please,I Need A Dictionary!

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Sunny and Cold
-4 C  24.8 F

Please, I need
a Dictionary!

 I  found a Pratt and Letchworth that was located in Buffalo, New York.  As it turned out, the company was founded by 2 brothers Samuel Fetcher and Pascal Paoli  Pratt, and William Pryor Letchworth as the Buffalo Malleable Iron Works.  The company originally produced saddlery hardware and was the largest in the USA. In 1889, Mr. George S. Crosby, a toy designer was hired.
The toys were marketed by the name of Buffalo Toy with the company then being known as Buffalo Indestructible Malleable Iron and Steel Toys). The toys were cast iron and were mostly hosres with different kinds of wagons. 

* reference

The reason for today's title is that in the 1880's there were no cars. As such, people travelled by assorted wagons. There were many different wagons with many different names, that today are rarely used in the English language. You'll need a dictionary to find out what each of the horse-drawn vehicles mean!

Pratt & Letchworth Four Seat Brake
An all elusive example, impressive scale, and painted in eye appealing 
black  and orange, drawn by a team of four horses in brown and white,
seven seated figures.
Circa: Late 1800's, early 1900's
Length:  27"  68.5 cm

Pratt & Letchworth Hansom Cab
Painted cast iron, open front coach 
with side windows.
Length:  11"  28 cm

Pratt & Letchworth Double Surrey
Painted in assorted nice colours.
Circa 1893
Length:  15 1/2"  39.5 cm

Pratt & Letchworth & Welker Crosby one horse dray
stake sides,seated driver, open bench, patented
pull device attached to front leg of horse.
Circa 1893
Length:  13 1/4 33.5 cm

Pratt & Letchworth Phaeton
missing patented guide wheel usually attached
to the front leg of the horse
Circa late 1890's, early 1900's
Length:  15"  38 cm

Pratt & Letchworth Dog Cart
Horse appears restored,
Circa: Late 1890's, early 1900's

Boxed Pratt & Letchworth Sulky
Cast iron , yellow sulky, includes
patented front leading wheel
attached to front leg of horse.,
Cast iron, includes scarce box
with "Buffalo Toy" brand name
Circa: late 1880's, early 1900's
Length:  8"  20.03 cm

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Unidentified Fine Wind-up Car Toys

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
+2 C  35.6 F

More Unidentified Find
Wind-up Toy Cars

It's very coincidental that today's post is again about unidentified toys. The bottommost toy is a Chad Valley toy (Great Britain), but the other two cars are unidentified. I've seen similar cars like these before, but I cant identify their manufacturer.

 Metal Car
Sheet metal car with wind-up motor
Circa: 1930
Length:  8 5/8"  22 cm

The toy below caught my attention as the photograph was quite interesting.
I hope the seller wasn't taking the photo as he was driving!

 Metal Car
Sheet metal car with wind-up motor
Length:  9 1/16"  23 cm

Old Chad Valley Car (British)
Sheet metal car with wind-up motor
Circa: 1947
Length:  9 7/8"  25 cm

The identification of this car is very simple, since the name is 
lithographed on the  back of the car. Chad Valley was a British manufacturer 
of toys. As well, the initials "C.V." are on the front license plate.
What's also of interest is the fact that the steering wheel is on the right side of the car.

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great day or evening.

Stacey Bindman

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's not Always the Name

Monday, March 12, 2018
Overcast with Snow
+1 C  33.8 F

It's Not Always
The Name

Most of the time, sellers research their toys in order to know who the manufacturer is, and when the toy was made. Mr. Frederick Pals is a very knowledgeable person who has a whole lot of reference books for old toys. He even used to add the reference book into his photos of toys
for the possible buyer to know the exact description and manufacturer of the toy.

When I went to visit his fine store yesterday, I noticed that he didn't have his reference books in the photos, but he had many nice identified toys, as well as several unidentified toys. He also now takes his excellent photographs against a white background, and doesn't use his myriad of reference books in the photos anymore.

These 2 toys were the highest priced from all of his toys for sale as of this date.
It's hard to know the price of an unknown manufacturer's toy. However, Frederick has been an ebay seller for a long time, and has an excellent reputation, So I'm sure the prices of these "unknowns" have been well-researched.

The sizes of these toys are not indicated. However the airplane is a larger toy, compared with the penny toy, which usually were very small. And if you were interested in these 2 toys, you could always contact Frederick on ebay 

Antique Tin Toy Double Decker
Army Plane with Decals 
from Germany or the U.K.
Circa 1930

If you look at the front view of this airplane, you will notice a small
spindle between the 2 front wheels. That was for a coiled wire or string that would connect to the propeller from inside the body of the airplane. As the toy was rolled, the wheels would 
casue the spindle to rotate and transfer movement to the propeller.

Antique Tin Toy Rare Pre-War
France Penny Toy Bus
Etoile Bastille
Circa 1930

So that's it for today. Today was daylight savings time in North America,
so the time was set for one hour ahead. This gives us 1 more hour of daylight. 
However, as of late, we've been having lots of cloud and snow.
But eventually the warm weather and the sun will arrive! 

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
Have a great part of the day or night
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Toy Ships from the Georges Carette Catalogue

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Overcast with snow
2 C  35.6 F

Toy Ships from the
Georges Carette Catalogue

The pages that I selected were from a company called New Cavendish Books. This fine catalogue reproduction was first published in 1975, and later reprinted in 1979. This fine publisher also published many other company toy catalogues of old toys and models. The 1914 Georges Carette catalogue is 260 pages with another 40 pages for the supplements of 1907 and 1914. The immense catalogue illustrates just how successful and popular the Georges Carette toys were. The trains are probably the most popular today as these toys were the most numerous of that era. After the trains, the model cars are most in demand today garnering large final results at auction. Third in the list of popularity are the ships, which also achieve high prices at auctions today. Many of the models illustrated below came in varying sizes as you can see. There were 2 kinds of propulsion offered. One was the steam engine, while the other was a key wind-up spring motor mechanism.  There were plenty of details on these ships, and the ship[s were names after the names of the real ships and battleships of that era.

It's truly amazing just how many toys the company manufactured, and that these toys are still in existence after 100 years or more. When you see high-quality photos of the original ships, you are truly impressed with the high-quality of these toys and models.

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part 
of the day or evening.

Stacey Bindman

The Wonderful Ships of George Carette

Saturday, March 10, 2018
-2 C  28.4 F

The Wonderful Ships 
of Georges Carette

 Georges Carette et Cie was founded in 1866 by Mr. Georges Carette. Initially, Mr. Carette was a supplier to Bing, another famous toy manufacturer.  Later, Mr. Carette began to produce toys independently. His big break came when he introduced a toy tram that was powered electricity, which was a fairly new "phenomena". Eventually, Mr. Carette and his partner (Paul Josephtal) contacted the British model railway manufacturer - Bassett-Lowke. The George Carette company was successful with their meeting, and began to produce locomotives and cars modelled after British models. The quality was so good, that the Carette toys became very sought after. By 1905, the company expanded from model railway locomotives and cars into other toys. These included toy cars, ship models with clockwork drive, aircraft, airships, and optical and technical toys. The Georges Carette toys today are very much in demand as collectibles.*

* Narrative selected from Wikipedia

Sleek gunboat shaped for speed, and features a
clean styled hull, large intimidating gun sits above 
deck towards the stern,  between stacks sits
another cannon atop a green pedestal
Professionally restored.
Length:   17.75"  45.2 cm

Nicely scaled model, clockwork driven
simulated wood upper deck planking
Missing masts
Length:  16 1/2"  42 cm

Early Carette fire boat,
hand-painted, clockwork action
Length:  12"  31 cm

Carette Live Steam Launch with Canopy
brass boiler, hand painted
Length:  13 1/2"  31.5 cm
Carette Four Stack Ocean Liner
Length:  20.5"   52 cm

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great part of the day or night.

Stacey Bindman

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Arnold Motorcycles

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Overcast with Snow
+3 C  37.4 F

Arnold Motorcycles

 K. Arnold & Co. began  in 1906, and began producing tin toys in Nurnberg, Germany.. They produced an extensive line of model ships, doll house items, and other toys. During WWII, the company was extensively damaged, and the company after the war produced window hardware at its' factory in Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz).  After a while, the company was able to build small-scale model trains in the "TT" scale ( 1:120). The company went bankrupt in 1995, and was sold to Rivarossi (Italy), which also went bankrupt. The current owner (Hornby)  bought up the company  and its' assets, but now the production is carried out in China.*

* Courtesy Wikipedia

Bertoia Auctions always has nice toys. I decided to visit Liveauctioneers  past auctions for
Bertoia Auctions, and see what Arnold motorcycles were sold from past auctions, and were up for sale in the upcoming March 23, 2018 auction. These motorcycles were made of lithographed tin, and came with riders who could do acrobats on  the motorcycle, as well as  motorcycles with or without battery-operated from headlights. Most of the motorcycle toys below were manufactured in the 1950's. There were also motorcycles produced in the 1940's as well.

Please click here to Youtube to see how these motorcycles operate

Arnold Army Motorcycle
Wind-up key mechanism, with key integrated
 into the body of the motorcycle/
Length:  8"  20.25 cm

Arnold Civilian Mac 700 Motorcycle
Lithographed tin with clockwork mechanism
allowing for dismounting from the motorcycle
when the motorcycle comes to a full stop
Length:  8"  20.04 cm

Arnold Battery-operated Motorcycle
The battery is inside the tube to the right of the driver
Wire attached to the motorcycle, allows the cycle
to rotate in circles.
Length:  8"  20.04 cm

Arnold Mac 700 Motorcycle
Pressed tin with key wind-up mechanism.
As the motorcycle moves, the driver does a few acrobats.
Length:  7 1/2"  19 cm

Arnold lithographed tin toy motorcycle.
Wind-up key mechanism. As the motorcycle moves, 
a small friction mechanism creates sparks inside the front light/
Model 560
Length:  8"   20.04 cm

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great day or evening.

Stacey Bindman

Monday, March 5, 2018

Oldtoystores on ebay

Monday, March 5, 2018
Cloudy with snow
4C  39.2F

I originally published this article on February 24, 2018. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the owner of Fumby Street Motors write back to me, and sent me the excellent article below after the photos from oldtoystoreusa.

I've been writing about scale models lately, as well as revisiting people and companies who have helped me out in the past. So when I returned to oldtoystoreusa on ebay, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were selling fine scale models. 

oldtoystoreusa sells wonderful scale models, and the Fumby models below are quite nice.
The models are 1:15 in scale and come in 3 colours. They are green, yellow, and red. Also, the states in the back can come in the same matching colours or in a variation of black. These models are quite nice, and come with a variety of features, that you can read about  after the photos.

 Fumby Street Motors
1957 White WC-22 Stake Truck
1:15 Scale Model
Limited Edition
Date of Manufacture: 2008
Total Production: 1000
Size:  L x H x W:  19" x 6.5" x 6.5"  
48.3 cm x 16.5 cm x 16.5 cm
Weight:  9 pounds 
4.09 Kg

These models come with working steering,  working doors and handles,
working rear suspension articulation, opening hood with full engine detail,
detailed chassis, and operating rear lift gate. There is also an option to
purchase a wood grain bed veneer for the back chassis bottom.

I wrote to the owner of Fumby Street Motors to inform him that I had posted about his fine model trucks. Mr. Clark Wade wrote back. 
Here's what he had to say:

Hello Stacey,
"Thanks for the email and the blog.  Apologies for my tardiness in responding.  Was out of town and since Fumby Street Motors is a one man band, no one was minding the store.  Your blog is impressive and really covers a range of subjects.
I've attached images of an article that appeared in last November's Toy Trucker & Contractor.  It pretty well covers the Fumby Street story.  My orginal intent was to do a toy truck in the Smith-Miller vein of a truck brand that had not been done before.  Crown Premiums talked me into more detail and I'm glad of it.
I have done a number of custom units (as have others) and I enjoy doing them, but I am really slow.  All the trucks came to me fully assembled in the stake bed configuration.  Fortunately I chose the 10 wheel type as it is easier to make a 6 wheel type out of it, than the other way around.  Even though they are fully assembled, I spend about an hour on each one correcting some manufacturing irregularities.
I have sold a few in Canada, but these days it costs almost $50 in shipping and I haven't found any way around it.
Hope this answers your questions and thanks for the plug."

Clark Wade also sent me an excellent article (below) about the manufacturing of his 
Fumby trucks. Toy Trucker and Contractor certainly did a fine job in interviewing Clark.
You might want to read the article as it is very interesting, and who would know just how much time and effort goes into creating, designing, and producing a nice model

There certainly is a lot of preparation and detail that went into the making of 
these fine Fumby trucks. The photo of Clark Wade with the 
1957 prototype of his 1957 WC-22 stake truck illustrates just how large the model is.

There certainly is a lot  of time and revisions that go into the making of a model.
The photo in the bottom left corner illustrates the many 
different models that Clark's company produces.

For myself, I enjoyed reading about the Fumby Street Motors company,
and I hope you liked the article also.

Thanks for dropping by,
And have a great part of the day or night.

Stacey Bindman