Antique Toys

Jim and Ginny buy and sell a wide variety of antique toys. One area of toy collecting in which Jim specializes is antique mechanical banks. A few banks that are currently available are shown on the Banks page which you can access by clicking here.

Since 1976 Ginny has collected and dealt in antique teddy bears, especially Steiff bears, since 1976.

  • Cast Iron Toys
  • Antique Tin Toys
  • Toy Robots
  • Teddy Bears
  • Dolls
  • Wood & Paper Toys

Extremely Rare Gong Toy Company Bob & Bruno Cast Iron Bell Toy circa 1895-1905

View of antique cast iron bell toyExtremely rare & quite ornate Bob and Bruno cast iron bell toy pull toy. Probably made by the Gong Bell Toy Co. But, possibly made by N. Hill Co. This example of the Bob and Bruno is & has been for decades the only known example with this base & this type of wheels. This all original toy was originally found about 35 years ago by me in the estate of a family in York, Pa. where it had resided since it was acquired when new by the family.

The toy has resided in several different toy collections since I originally found the toy over a third of a century ago. I was fortunate to recently have the toy make its way back to me.

The standard & quite rare version of the Bob and Bruno toy (of which there are very few known examples) has a different type base & different wheels than the toy that we are offering. We are including in this listing a scan of a photostat of a page from a Gong Bell Manufacturing Company Toy Co. catalog which shows this other version.

The different version shown in the scan shows long hair on the boy. As far as I know there are no known examples that have ever been found with the boy with long hair. The very few known examples with the base & wheels as shown in the catalog page scan all have a boy with short hair like the boy on our version.

So, we are essentially offering the only known example of the Bob and Bruno toy in this form with this more ornate base & the different wheels as shown in our photos. It is interesting to note that the catalog page was rubber stamped "discontinued". So, this may partially explain the rarity of the toy. We are wondering if the version we are offering may have possibly been produced by the N. Hill Company after they took over the Gong Co.?

In any event, we have a major rarity here which would be a fine addition to even the most advanced collection. In over 46 years of being involved in toys & banks we have never seen another example of the version of the iron base that is on this toy nor have we heard of another example of this toy in this version in any collection. The standard version with more known examples has sold more than once in the $4,500.00 to $5,000.00 range & once significantly higher in similar condition. Our much more rare & more attractive & only known example at the price of $5,500.00 represents an excellent opportunity & is easily worth, in our opinion, far in excess of the $5,500.00 price.

The toy measures 6 1/4 inches long by 5 3/4 inches tall by 3 3/8 inches wide. There are no chips to the iron, no cracks, & no repairs. The paint is entirely original in all respects & is in excellent condition. The nickel plated tin wheels have some small areas of oxidation & some small areas of pitting. The Bob and Bruno figure is a little sluggish in turning from side to side when the toy is pulled. Perhaps the flat tin piece under the toy needs a slight adjustment as it sometimes slips off when the toy is pulled. The toy is completely original in all respects.

Price: $5,500.00 postpaid to addresses in the United States.

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Reference number: #5149

 

 

Large Size Hubley Cast Iron Pull Toy Grasshopper circa 1920's-1930's

View of Hubley cast iron toy grasshopperOriginal large size Hubley cast iron pull toy grasshopper. This toy was made by the Hubley Toy Company of Lancaster, Pa. circa 1920's-1930's. This example is entirely original & complete in all respects. The toy retains most of its original colorful paint.

The head has the original wire spring which forms the antenna. The two small original rubber wheels on the front are present but somewhat squashed from aging. The large original rubber tire in the stomach is present & in nice condition. There are no repairs, no cracks, no chips to the iron, & no replaced parts.

The toy has lots of its entirely original paint intact. There are a few small rust spots here & there that could easily be removed if desired. There is some loss of paint on an area 2 1/4 inches long on the inside of one back leg. We have chosen to leave the toy just as we found it.

The middle sections of the large back legs are made of aluminum as issued & as is correct. The back sections of the large legs are made of iron as issued & as is correct. All of the rest of the components of the body of the grasshopper are made of iron.

The toy measures approximately 11 1/2 inches long with the legs extended out in the back & to the top front of the wire spring in the head. The height to the top joint section of the large legs is 5 inches. The width across the middle lower legs is 4 3/8 inches. As the toy is pulled the flat spring under the toy runs across a gear & makes a sound in imitation of a grasshopper.  Quite a charming, unusual, & appealing cast iron toy of impressive size. The condition can be seen in the accompanying photos.

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Reference number: #5153

German Hand Painted Tin Toy Windup Clucking Rooster circa 1890's-1910

View of antique German windup tin toy roosterOriginal German painted tin toy windup clucking rooster. When wound up the rooster rocks back & forth & at the same time makes a clucking sound. The windup mechanism is intact & works fine. Also the clucking sound mechanism works fine.

The rooster is made of tin that is multi colored & hand painted. The all original paint on the rooster is approximately 90% present. The paint has a nice patina with some dirt showing on the paint.

The paint is totally stable which is very unusual for a painted tin German toy of this vintage. The paint looks like it could be easily cleaned up a lot if desired. We have chosen to leave that option up to the buyer & have left the toy just like we found it. The feet are made of tin with wire supports in the middle of the feet. The paint is worn off of the feet.

The toy measures 7 1/2 inches long by 4 3/4 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches across the middle by the key. The toy is all original in all respects. There are no repairs & no replacements & the toy is complete. The paint is all original. Quite a charming, scarce, & appealing early tin toy.

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Reference number: #5152

 

Tin Windup Charlie Chaplin Toy circa 1915, Possibly by Ferdinand Martin

Antique tin windup Charlie Chaplin toyWe are estimating that this Charlie Chaplin tin windup toy dates circa 1915 or so. We think that the toy may possibly have been made by Ferdinand Martin in France. We feel safe in saying that the toy is French. But we are not entirely certain as to who the maker was.

The head is made of painted tin, the hands are composition, & the feet are lead. The legs & the cane are metal wires. The interior windup mechanism feels like it is cased in stiff cardboard.

He is wearing all of his original cloth clothing. He has checkered pants, a fascinating leaf designed cummerbund, a textured shirt (which feels almost like paper), a red felt tie, & a black felt tuxedo coat.

He is missing something from his right hand (viewer's left). The missing piece would have attached to the two small original nails which are still present in his right hand. He is probably missing a hat from this hand. But, as we have not seen another example example of this toy, we cannot be sure what is missing. Otherwise, he is entirely original & complete in all other respects.

All of the original components present have not been tampered with in any way. The left front of the pants leg (viewer's right) has a few brown age spots. The two original tin buttons on his cummerbund retain some of the original cloth around the edges. But, the cloth is worn off of the tops of the tin buttons. The top button has some minor dark old surface rust.

There is a 5/8 inch tear line in the front of his shirt where a wire from the interior mechanism has poked through just a little bit. But, all of the original cloth (or paper) on the shirt is still present. It is easy to cover up this tear for display by placing part of his tie over the tear.

His original metal wire cane has age toning & also has some dark old rust near the bottom. The tin winding key has an even & pleasing age toning & no rust. Charlie is in excellent working condition. He pivots from side to side when wound & edges forward with his side to side motion.

There is some minor wear to the hands, face, & feet. But, the great majority of the original paint is still present & all of the paint is very stable. The paint is entirely original in all respects & there is no touch-up of any kind. A few little stitches of thread are missing from his right cuff (viewer's left) which causes the cuff to have a 1/2 inch strip at the seam that is not attached together. All of the original cloth is present. Only a small bit of the thread is missing.

We have left him exactly like we found him & he still has a light bit of old dust on him. A very appealing & scarce Charlie Chaplin windup toy which is in pleasing original condition. He measures 6 5/8 inches tall by 4 1/16 inches across his middle to his hand holding the cane. He is about 2 1/2 inches deep from his front to the outside tip of the key.

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Reference number: #5134

Twelve Robots: Target, Machine Man, Shooting Giant, by Rocket USA, Made in Japan, Mint in Box

Front view of 12 tin toy robotsHere are twelve Mint in Box toy robots made in Japan and distributed by Rocket USA. Included are five Machine Man robots, three Shooting Giant robots, and four Target Robots.

The year printed on the boxes of the Machine Man robots and the Target robots is 1997. The year printed on the boxes of the Shooting Giant robots is 1998.

The boxes measure 5 inches tall by 2 11/16 inches wide by 2 1/8 inches deep. The robots measure 4 3/4 inches tall. All are unplayed with and mint in the box. One of the boxes for Machine Man has some bends in the front of the box.

Price: $250.00 postpaid to addresses in the United States.

Shipping to addresses outside of the U.S. will be additional. Please inquire as to costs of shipping outside the U.S.

PA residents add 6% sales tax or provide a valid resale number. If you have any questions, please write or call 717-283-6011.

Reference number: #5200

 

Two Windup "R-35 Antique Robot", Mint in Box, Masudaya, Japan, 1984

Front view of R-35 Antique RobotsTwo windup toy robots made in Japan by Masudaya Corp. The year printed on the back of the boxes is 1984. On the box is printed, "Antique Robot R-35". They are both Mint in Box.

The boxes measure 4 1/2 inches tall, 2 7/8 inches wide, and 1 5/8 inches deep. The robots' heads, torsos, legs and arms are made of tin and their feet, hands, and "ears" are made of red plastic. The robots are 4 1/4 inches tall.

Price: $50.00 postpaid to addresses in the United States.

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Reference number: #5198

 

Two Robots, Mazinga & Ultraman Astra, Japan, by Marmit, MIB

Front view of Japanese toy robotsHere are two colorful keywind toy robots that were made in Japan by Marmit. They are modern robots made some time in the last ten to fifteen years.

Printed on the box is Mini Tin Toy Character Collection. They are both in New-in-Box condition and with the original keys and working.

Both have their original boxes which measure 7 1/8 inches tall, 3 5/16 inches wide, and 2 3/16 inches deep. Someone tried to scratch something (a price sticker perhaps?) off the top of one box (for the robot with the red head) so there is a 1 inch by 3/4 inch area on the top of that box that has scratch marks.

They were intended for distribution in the Japanese market. Consequently most of the words on the boxes are printed using Japanese characters. Their heads and feet are made of plastic and their bodies are tin.

The robot with the red head and yellow eyes has the name Mazinga. We have also seen him referred to as Getta Dragon or Getter Dragon. He measures 6 1/4 inches tall and is unplayed with and Near Mint. There are two tiny rubs off the red on the front of his nose area and a scratch in the paint on one shoulder.

The robot with the silver colored head is called Ultra Man or Ultraman Astra. He and his box are in Mint condition. He measures 6 1/8 inches tall.

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Reference number: #5199

 

Steiff Teddy Bear circa 1906 to 1909

Click here for a slide show of different views of the Steiff teddy bear.This is one of the best condition early antique Steiff teddy bears that you may ever see. He has beautiful mohair that is 99% or more present. His color is a rich golden apricot. He must have been kept sequestered from light, dirt and dust as he is very clean and not faded. He measures 16 inches tall from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head.

He has original black "shoebutton" type eyes, original pads, original four lines of black stitching indicating his toes on each foot or paw, original black nose stitching, and no restorations. It is rare to find an antique Steiff bear of this age in this condition. I would estimate that his year of manufacture would have been from 1906 to 1909.

His only flaws are as follows: he is missing his original button; he has a slight stain on his right foot pad; he has a 1/8 inch by 3/16 inch round dark mark that looks as though it might be from ink near the toe of the left foot pad; his stuffing is soft in his upper torso and just a little bit soft in his upper arms; there is one tiny flake off of the black paint on one eye; a voice box or growler can be felt inside his upper torso and it does not make any sound when squeezed.

To view a slide show of different views of the teddy bear, click here or on the image above of the bear. The slide show uses Adobe Flash which is not viewable on some mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Thus, if you are currently using one of those devices, the slide show is not likely to be viewable.

Price: $4,750.00 postpaid to addresses within the U.S.

Shipping would be by U.S. Registered Mail insured.

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Shipping to addresses outside the U.S. would be additional. Cost will vary according to destination.

 

1930's to 1940's Teddy Bear, Maker Unknown

Front view of Teddy BearThis is a lovely circa 1930's teddy bear that measures seventeen inches tall from the top of his ears to the bottom of his feet. He has an unusually large head relative to his body.

His torso is stuffed with kapok. There is a one inch separation in the front lower seam where a thread is loose and kapok can be seen. His limbs and head feel VERY firm and crunch slightly when squeezed. I have concluded that they are filled with excelsior (also known as wood wool). He is jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips.

There is a round disk beneath the fabric in his lower back that moves when pushed and feels like a nonworking growler. He has three stitched black claws on each paw. The paw pads are a yellow/orange felt.

His eyes are clear glass with a black pupil and a red brown color on the back. There are a couple of stitches in red thread beneath the stitching of his mouth to represent a tiny tongue. His mohair fur is honey colored with very little loss. The back of one ear has less fur than the back of the other ear. But overall he has about 97% mohair fur. His paw pads show minor wear.

I have checked my reference books on teddy bears to find a picture of a bear that looks like him but haven't had any luck. I did find online on the English luckybears site a reference to German Crämer closed mouth bears that have a small embroidered red tongue. But I also found a bear offered on the luckybears site that is clearly the same maker as the bear that I am offering. Yet luckybears makes no reference to it being made by Crämer. I think that they would have mentioned it if they thought that. Perhaps they are as mystified as to the maker's identity as I am?

Price: $350.00 postpaid to addresses within the U.S.

Shipping would be by U.S. Mail insured.

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Shipping to addresses outside the U.S. would be additional. Cost will vary according to destination.

Reference number: #5124

 

1940's White Knickerbocker Teddy BearFront view of Knickerbocker Teddy Bear

This is a fourteen inch tall 1940's white Knickerbocker Teddy Bear with gold velveteen paw pads. His white mohair fur is off-white or ivory white. There are no patches of fur loss.

He has original glass eyes and an original black stitched nose. His torso and limbs are filled with kapok. His head feels very firm and is likely filled with excelsior (also known as wood wool). He is jointed at the shoulders, neck and hips.

I can feel a noisemaker inside at the lower back. The noisemaker is not working. His velveteen paw pads show some light surface soiling. As you can see from the pictures, he is very cute.

I have not seen many of these 1940's white Knickerbocker bears in the 35 years that I've collected, bought, and sold antique teddy bears. This is the first white Knickerbocker that I have owned.

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Reference number: #5440

Rare Original Box for 1848 Patent Goodyear Rubber Doll Heads

Original Box for 1848 Patent Goodyear Rubber Doll Heads

Original cardboard box which originally held 1848-1862 patent Goodyear Rubber doll heads. The box bottom retains most of the original informative paper label. The label has a chip missing off of the bottom right corner. The box lid is missing. The box bottom has a 3/4 inch tear on one side & there are some bends & wear & soiling from age.

View of bottom of the box for 1848 Patent Goodyear Rubber Doll Heads

The label mentions that the box originally held one dozen doll heads.

The box label also has the wording "Manufactured by New York Rubber Co." & also "Charles Goodyear's Patent, April 25, 1848, and extended 1862. New York Rubber Co's. Patent, March 28, 1854." Additionally, there are "Directions for putting India Rubber Heads on Cloth Bodies".

Another view of the box for doll heads.

The box measures 9" long by 8 1/2" wide by 3 7/8" tall. A rare box for an advanced early doll collector.

A view of the label for the box for doll heads.

Price: $185.00 postpaid to addresses in the United States.

Shipping to addresses outside of the U.S. will be additional. Please inquire as to costs of shipping outside the U.S.

PA residents add 6% sales tax or provide a valid resale number. If you have any questions, please write or call 717-283-6011.

Reference number: #4351

German Antique Toy Architectural Building Blocks with G. A. Schwarz label, Philadelphia

First view of German Architectural Building BlocksSet of late nineteenth to early twentieth century German antique paper covered toy wood blocks that were made in Nuremberg and sold in the Philadelphia G. A. Schwarz toy store. The colors of the lithography in this set are vibrant and bright. The images that can be made with the twenty-five blocks are graphically dynamic in color and design. When assembled into a completed picture, the set measures 7 1/4 inches square. Each block measures 1 7/16 inch square on each side. The box measures 8 3/16 inches square.

The blocks were played with but not roughly. They show minor wear at the edges. The lithographed paper is in overall excellent condition. The theme of the images that can be made from the blocks is architectural. The blocks can be assembled to create scenes with different buildings in a variety of settings with trees, grass, shrubs, sun, flying birds, a hot air balloon, and stone walls.

On the outside bottom of the box is a paper label on which are descriptions of the blocks in four languages. The blocks were called, "'Perfect', the new Building Cubus" on the label on the box bottom.

On top of that paper label is a small round paper label of the G. A. Schwarz toy store that was located at 1006 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA.

The G. A. Schwarz toy store was opened in Philadelphia in 1859 by one of the four Schwarz brothers. Henry Schwarz opened the first Schwarz toy store in Baltimore. G. A. Schwarz had the Philadelphia store. Richard Schwarz traded on Washington Street in Boston. Frederick August Otto Schwarz (F. A. O.) chose New York for his toy store. The Philadelphia G. A. Schwarz store closed in 1917 due mainly to the cutting off of importations of German toys.

Paper sheets that come with antique toy architectural blocks.The set comes with nine paper sheets, six of which are numbered at the bottom from 1 to 6 and show four different ways to assemble the blocks on each sheet. Three sheets show one completed design on each sheet. A fourth design is shown on the slide lid cover of the box. One of those sheets is not shown in the accompanying photographs because I found it later in the bottom of the box under the blocks. The sheets have minor flaws such a small edge breaks, corner chips and one sheet has a break in the middle but the design is all there. The designs on the sheets show twenty-eight variations on how the blocks can be assembled. But it is noted on the box bottom more than one hundred more images can be created depending on one's own idea.

The set has its original box with a slide lid. The slide lid is broken in two pieces as shown in the accompanying pictures. Two blocks are missing the lithographed paper on one side and the same two blocks each have a small chip off of the paper of another side. The blocks are solid wood, not hollow. Two blocks have a split in one side due to shrinkage of the wood over the years.

Another view of the antique toy architectural blocks

The paper label on the outside of the box bottom:

Another view of the antique toy German architectural blocks

Price: $250.00 postpaid to addresses in the United States.

Shipping to addresses outside of the U.S. will be additional. Please inquire as to costs of shipping outside the U.S.

PA residents add 6% sales tax or provide a valid resale number. If you have any questions, please write or call 717-283-6011.

Reference number: #5154