Friday, September 30, 2016

Excellent Photography from Mr. Dirk Soülis

Monday, October 11, 2016
Overcast and Rainy
17 Celsius / 62 Fahrenheit

Excellent Photography from Mr. Dirk Soülis

   I've written about Mr. Dirk Soülis several times in the 5 years that I've been blogging. I discovered his find website and auctioned toys by having done a search one day. His photography is always superb, and he presents lots of photos of his toys going to auction.

 Pratt and Letchworth  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).*
* reference

Since the company was established in the mid-1890's and existed later on, it manufactured toys that were popular at the time. These included horse-drawn fire wagons, and a whole group of different carriages, also that were horse-drawn.


A high quality cast iron horse drawn toy circa 1890, unsigned, all original paint etc, 

measures 6.5 x 17 x 5.25 inches. Very good, complete, original condition.

Sold for: $ 3500.00 US

Thanks for dropping by,
and have a great time
of the day or night,
Wherever you may be.

Stacey Bindman

Ives, Blakeslee & Williams - Part III

Monday, October 10, 2016
Overcast and raining
17 Celsius / 62 Fahrenheit

Ives, Blakeslee, & Williams Catalogue
Part III

   I started out with 2 posts of toys, and when I was looking through the catalogue, I came across baseball equipment. I had never added a post about sports, so for today, this is the final post of the series.

What's of course most interesting is the equipment, which by today's standards is so antiquated, and rightly so. The next most interesting thing (if you haven't noticed before) are how inexpensive (by today's standards) are the costs of the equipment.

It's certainly interesting to see how many differently-priced baseballs that the company manufactured. Of course the "National League " baseball was the priciest at $ 1.00 which was a lot of money back in 1893.

Once again, we see the widespread pricing of the belts. Notice also, that the price is for a gross of belts, which is the equal to 144 belts.  I also just remembered that the company (Ives et al) was a whole seller.

Once again take a look at the prices for a gross. What's more fascinating though is the actual cost of a baseball bat. The most expensive bat per gross is the men's second growth ash bat, priced at $ 60.00 US. That works out to 41.6 cents (US dollars).  The lease expensive bas  is the  "youths'  Hard Wood , White and Blue Band", prices at $9.00 per gross or  3 cents per bat. However, this is a boy's bat and is made of "hard wood". What's also interesting is to see from how many different trees bats were made from. Three mentioned are bass, ash, and maple.

Finally we have the clothing.  The complete outfits (all inclusive) range from $ 5.00 - $ 12.00.
Of course not all parents could afford to equip their children with such 'luxury". Also, there were few laws for child labour in the USA in 1893. A good number of children had to go to work at young ages to help their parents out with the cost of living!

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

Stacey Bindman

Ives,Blakeslee, & Williams Co. Catalogue - Part II

Sunday, October 10, 2016
Overcast and Raining
17 Celsius / 63 Fahrenheit

Ives, Blakeslee, and Williams Co.
Catalogue Reproduction
(Part II)

Yesterday, I added a post about a catalogue reproduction of an 1893 original. Yesterday's content was exclusively iron pull toys, that would be pulled along the road or sidewalk by a string. Today's entry is about the "mechanical toys" or wind-up toys. These toys once wound up , would be able to move by themselves or feature moving people doing some kind of action, such as dancing, or playing a musical instrument.

The toys below can run in a straight line, or if a part of them are turned, will run in a circle.

The toys below can run in a straight line, or if the front axles are turned, will run in a circle.

Below's toys are more sophisticated in nature. The horses (middle photo) move around in a circle, until there is no more energy, and the winner is the one that lines up with the # 60 on the base of the toy. The cat toy has the animal playing a violin on the top of a house roof.

Below are assorted toys that will perform different actions. The largest one (immediately below) 
has 3 people doing different actions and when wound, will run for 60 minutes.

These American toys  developed after the high-quality and lithographed toys from Europe were imported into the United States. The European were more colourful,as the Europeans, especially the Germans had developed lithography (printing) on metal, and had very sophisticated and multi coloured colour themes.

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

An Ives, Blakeslee & Williams Co Catalogue Reproduction-Part I

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Overcast with rain
17 Celcius / 62 Fahrenheit

An Ives, Blakeslee, & Williams Co.
Catalogue Reproduction
(Part I)

    A great resource for researching toys are old catalogues or their respective reproductions. This reproduction was from a circa 1893 Catalogue "featuring a complete line of toys for home and export trade". It was reproduced by" L.C.Hagarty, a collector of iron toys & mechanical banks, from Coalport, Pa., USA. in 1965".

   I decided 3 posts on this interesting catalogue. In the late 1800's, there were still many toys that included all kinds of wagons pulled by horses. The "horseless carriage, truck , and cars would not appear for another 15 years. This first part is a set of toys that were pulled by a cord. 

 What is most interesting is the price of the toys. Most of the prices of the toys are stated as the cost by the dozen.

What is also interesting is that there is no name as to who the manufacturer was. 
So my question is this: was it customary to not include the names of the manufacturer, or were the toys in this catalogue reproduction of authentic North American manufacturers of toys?

The topmost toy is most interesting because it includes a stable for sheltering the horse and cart, and  I've never seen such a toy before.

 The topmost toy is interesting because of the description of the wagon. It's called a "truck",
which I never knew was called a "wagon". I've usually seen these things titled wagons.

Thanks for dropping by,
and as always,
HAve a great part of the day or night,
wherever you may be.
Stacey Bindman

A Cast Iron Bank is Matched up With a Similar Catalogue Photo

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Cloudy with Rain.
14 Celcius, 57 Fahrenheit

A Cast Iron Mechanical Bank is 
Matched up With a Similar Catalogue Photo

   Yesterday, I'd forgotten that I had once purchased some toy catalogues from  CabinCreekCDs.  I was searching for my paper catalogues, when I remembered that I also had some CD toy catalogues. I decided to view them on my monitor and check what's on them. 

   For today's post, I selected a fine cast iron mechanical bank that moves with a wind-up key.

Horse Race Mechanical Bank (Flanged Base) with Box

J & E Stevens Co., Cromwell CT, cast iron, patented 1871
Yellow version, billed as  "The Race Course Bank","The Toy of the Period",pulling on
string at front of the bank activates an internal spring. Drop coin into slot to start the horse race.
Colors are bright and striking. Provenance: Al Carron to Bill Norman Collection.
Cracks to top surface, (Pristine condition).
Price Realized: $ 20,400.00 USD

The catalogue image is different from the Bertoia Auctions one. Notice the horse buggy is dual wheeled  with large wheels.  It is different but similar to the J & E Stevens Company one. 
Also notice that the toy cost $ 1.00 in the catalogue in 1871-1872. 
The final winning bid for the J & E Stevens Bank was $ 20,400.00  USD.

The scanned image above is from the Emerson's Bazaar catalogue.

Above is a business card for CabinCreekCDs. If you type in their web address, that will take you to their website.  The company is an excellent place to start if you are searching for certain toy catalogues. Of course, they have lots of other interesting items for sale.

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

Stacey Bindman

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More Arcade Busses

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Overcast and Seasonally Warm
21 Celsius / 70 Fahrenheit

More Arcade Busses

Arcade Fageol Bus
Cast iron, blue body, nickel disc wheels, embossed
lettering on sides, gold striping
Length:  8" / 203.2 mm

Above:  Scanned page from a 1936 Catalogue

Notice that the bus is offered with different colour combinations, and there is an option to have the bus come with rubber balloon tires, instead of nickel-plated wheels.

Arcade Yellow Coach Bus
Cast iron, body painted in orange and black, black roof, side decals read
"YELLOW COACH", rubber tires, spare tires mounted to fromt fenders,
seated nickel driver, needs cleaning.
Length: 13" / 330.2 mm 

Above:  Scanned page from a 1936 Catalogue

Notice that in the above scanned page, the "Parlor Coach" bus 
is offered in optional colours of blue and green.

Arcade Parlor Coach Bus
LAte 1920's, large cast iron example, painted in blue body, 
gold side strip,seated nickel driver, disc wheels.
Length: 13" 330.2 mm

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

Four Arcade Busses

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Overcast and Seasonal
19 Celsius / 66 Fahrenheit

Four Arcade Busses

   I recently wrote about cast iron toys that were similar in size and shape but different in their exterior finish. As I was searching for something to write about I came across a current Bertoia Auctions auction, where there were a group of nice cast iron Arcade busses. The arrangement of the busses on this page are by year, with the later busses starting from top to bottom.

Arcade GMC Coast to Coast Bus
Rare red and cream collars, "Coast to Coast GMC" stencilled on roof.
Ex. Donald Kaufman Collection
Length 9" / 228.6 mm

Arcade Greyhound Bus
Cast iron, blue and white body, nickel grill and rear panel, white rubber tires,
"Greyhound Lines" Stencilled on sides. 
Length:  9" / 228.6 mm

Arcade Shortline Bus
Interesting  color scheme, in white, black and orange, white rubber tire,
"The Shortline" stencilled on roof.
Length: 7 1/2"/ 190.5 mm

Arcade  Private Label City of Detroit Bus
Cast iron, yellow bus,black fenders, white rubber tires,"City of Detroit Div."
on roof. Missing one spare tire.
Length:  13" / 330.2 mm

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