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Arcade Cast Iron Yellow Cab

Arcade Cast Iron Yellow Cab

An Arcade cast iron yellow & black cab. Called by most collectors & labeled with Arcade's stampings "Yellow Cab". But, I would really call the color orange. This is the largest version of this design, to my knowledge, which Arcade ever issued.

This is the 9 inches long by 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 5/8 inches wide across the back size. I have only owned this toy for a very short time & am just getting around to offering it for sale on eBay. I had put the cab on a shelf & was tentatively thinking of collecting it as it is such a choice example & it has been so long since I have had one this nice.

 But, then I have been back & forth on whether or not to collect it since it would now be the only iron toy cab that I would own. The last time I got seriously involved in iron cabs many years ago I formed one of the top collections of iron cabs which according to Don Kaufman was at least equal, if not better than his. But, the cabs I had have all been gone for many years & I have, so far, resisted the siren's call. In any event, I figure that if I sell this toy I will easily save myself a a fortune by not starting again on collecting the high end condition cabs. But, on the other hand, then who needs to save money which was really made for the purpose of spending!

Rear view of Arcade Cast Iron Yellow Cab

Anyway, the example I am offering has all original paint which is bright & superb. No touch-ups, no cracks. I have not dusted the toy & it appears to have never been cleaned. All original components with the exception of the wire mesh screen which looks pleasing but it is replaced. An easy upgrade to make, if desired, by taking an original screen out of a far lesser example of a yellow cab when found.

The original rubber tires are as can be seen. The rubber tires are distressed & flawed & cracked with one section of rubber from one tire broken & missing a small piece. That tire is separating & about ready to slip off. Anytime I have owned iron cars or trucks I have always left the original rubber on them regardless of how the original rubber looks whereas some people prefer to replace rubber tires when distressed. In any event, here a very upscale example with superb original paint.

1904 Joel Parker Association Clam Bake Pinback Ribbon Badge

1904 N.J. Democratic Joel Parker Association Clam Bake Pinback Ribbon Badge

This is an elaborate pinback badge with original dark blue silk ribbon. This was issued for the: August 17, 1904 ”26th Clam Bake" & has the wording: "Member" "Joel Parker Association".

Joel Parker, a Democrat, served as governor of New Jersey from 1863 to 1866 and 1872 to 1875. Parker served as a justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1880 to 1888. The badge has two fancy gilt brass bars at the top with celluloid strips that have wording about the clam bake.

This very rare & quite beautiful badge shows an image of Joel Parker printed on celluloid which is mounted in the middle of an ornate gilt brass shield. The badge is 5 inches long by 2 7/16 inches wide across the top bar. The shield is 2 1/4 inches tall by 2 inches wide.

The back still retains the original brass pin. There is a little toning on the top two metal bars but significant original luster still remains. There are two thin separations at the top corners of the celluloid "Clam Bake" bar. There is a tiny chip off of the celluloid at the bottom right corner of the "Member" bar.

The metal shield is very bright & still retains most of the original luster. The original dark blue silk ribbon has two matching 1/2 inch long by 1/32 inch wide strips of loss across from each other along the lower edges.

Overall this rare & beautiful pinback ribbon badge, issued for this one day event, is in near mint condition. The only example ever seen by us in over 52 years of actively looking for early pinback buttons. Most likely the only known example &, in any event, a real visual jewel. This is a recent find from an early New Jersey estate where it had resided carefully sequestered for 115 years since it's issue in 1904.

At the Democratic Convention in Freehold, N.J. in 1870, Parker gave a speech opposing the 15th Amendment. The 15th Amendment was adopted into the U.S. Constitution in early 1870 giving the right to vote to African American men. New Jersey was among the states that did not ratify the Amendment in 1870. New Jersey did not ratify the 15th Amendment until February 15, 1871.

In a newspaper clipping found online from the February 12, 1880 Monmouth Inquirer of Freehold, New Jersey, Parker’s opposition to the 15th Amendment in 1870 is mentioned along with his being sworn in before the United States Supreme Court to serve as a justice on the New Jersey State Supreme Court on February 2, 1880, the same day as an African American man also was sworn in. We tried to find the name of the African American man who was sworn in on that same day and to which court he was sworn in to but could not figure out who he was.

The address of the Joel Parker Association was 7 Commerce St. in Old Newark, New Jersey in 1893. In an August 20, 1903 newspaper article the Joel Parker Association is referred to as New Jersey’s leading Democratic organization which had celebrated its silver anniversary (25th) on the previous day with a clambake and an excursion to the Port au Peck on the Shrewsbury River. The pinback badge we are offering is one that would have been worn at the 1904 clambake.

Columbian World's Fair Medal

1892-1893 Columbian World’s Fair Medal by Boldenweck Co. in Original Box

This is an interesting 1892-1893 Columbian World's fair medal. This is a very elaborate medal which was issued by & is marked on the edge: "Boldenweck & Co. Pat'd Oct. 7 1890".

This is the white metal plain edge version listed as HK #157 in the "So-Called Dollars" book. Our medal has a diameter of 2 9/32 inches inches & has a weight of 2.2 ounces.

The medal has wonderful & colorful natural toning. Our example is in proof-like AU on the obverse & proof-like uncirculated on the reverse. The medal is still contained in it's original cardboard box of issue.

The original box has a partial damaged & incomplete label. The box lid has heavy wear, separations at the corners, & flaws to the lid. The bottom of the box is sound & tight.

The box interior still retains the original red cotton insert as issued. This medal was recently found in an early estate from New Jersey where it had been carefully sequestered for the last 127-126 years since it's issue in 1892-1893.

People's Anti-LeCompton N.J. Political Campaign Ballot

1858 People’s Anti-LeCompton N.J. Political Campaign Ballot, Kansas Anti-Slavery

This is a very rare "People's Anti-Lecompton" political party campaign paper ticket which we have been informed is a New Jersey 3rd District Ballot. This historically important anti-slavery connected ticket was issued circa 1858.

The ticket has "For Congress, Garnet B. Adrain, For Assembly, Charles Scranton, For Sheriff, William Sweeny, For Coroners, Robert Little, Robert Galloway, Gideon C. Angle”. Garnet B. Adrain was the U.S. Representative of the 3rd District from 1857 to 1861.

We have only ever seen one other example of this very rare ticket/ballot. The ticket/ballot measures 3 1/8 inches tall by 3 inches wide. There are many creases & flaws & numerous tiny chips off of the paper.

This paper ticket/ballot was recently found in an early estate from New Jersey where it had been carefully sequestered for the last 161 years since it's issue in 1858. Here is background information relating to the Lecompton Constitution which will serve to inform as to the historical significance of this important & fragile little bit of paper:

The Lecompton Constitution (1857) was one of four proposed constitutions for the state of Kansas. It was drafted by pro-slavery advocates and included provisions to protect slaveholding in the state and to exclude free blacks from its bill of rights. It was overwhelmingly defeated on January 4, 1858 by a majority of voters in the Kansas Territory. The rejection of the Lecompton Constitution, and the subsequent admittance of Kansas to the Union as a free state, highlighted the irregular and fraudulent voting practices that had marked earlier efforts by bushwhackers and border ruffians to create a state constitution in Kansas that allowed slavery.

Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed Cast Iron Still Bank

Boss Tweed side of Tammany Tiger still bank.

Original 1870's extremely rare Tammany Tiger & Boss Tweed cast iron still bank. The bank depicts the Tammany Tiger on the back side & Boss Tweed of famous corrupt politician fame on the front side. The bank measures approximately 3 5/8 inches tall by approximately 3 5/8 inches deep. The base diameter one direction is 2 5/8 inches & the other direction is 2 11/16 inches. The weight of this bank is 16.2 ounces.

An example of this bank is listed & pictured in the Still Bank Book by Andy Moore on page # 69 item # 110. In the Moore book he gives the date of manufacture as 1873 & the maker as unknown. An example of this bank is also pictured in the book "Political Banks" by Bob and Shirley Peirce on page #58. In the Peirce book the value is given as $8,000. to $12,000. & mention is made of an example which sold at auction for $8,750. & another example which sold at auction for over $14,000.

Tammany Tiger side of Tammany Tiger Still Bank

There are two chips missing from the iron along the edge where the two halves of the bank fit together. One chip is 1/4 inch by 3/16 inch. Another chip is 9/16 inch by 3/16 inch. There are two thin hairline cracks. One crack is on the back side section to the right of the Tammany Tiger's head & measures approximately 2 1/2 inches long.

Another crack is on the front right side of Boss Tweed & measures approximately 1 3/8 inches long. About one half of the length of the beginning of the second crack is a casting flaw that occurred in the original making. The other one half or so of this second crack extends from the end of the casting flaw. The bank still retains the original screw which shows considerable use. The screw is a little bit loose just like it was when we found the bank. We have chosen not to tighten the screw so as not to put any pressure on the bank.

The bank is complete & all original with no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The bank shows wear to the original gold paint. But, the majority of the original paint still remains.

A delightful, charming, & extremely illusive political still bank which is rarely offered for sale in any condition. This example turned up over 30 years ago in an estate on the main line area of Philadelphia where it was found by an antiques furniture dealer. We have pursued this example of the bank for over 30 years & finally succeeded in acquiring it from the furniture dealer who found it over 30 years ago.

Price on request.

General James B. Ricketts Signed Civil War CDV Photo

General James B. Ricketts Signed Civil War CDV Photo

We are offering in this listing one original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General James Brewerton Ricketts. A superb image with rich contrast. The photo is ink signed with rank "James B Ricketts Brig Genl." The signature which was clipped from a larger piece was affixed, in period, to the front bottom of the photo. This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General James B. Ricketts & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway, New York. from photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery". The back has an, in period, penciled identification "Genl Ricketts" in an unknown hand.

This cdv measures 4 inches tall by 2 7/16 inches wide. There is a small 1/4 inch by 1/32 inch bit of residue on the back. There is a very faint insignificant wrinkle on the back surface that only shows when the cdv is held in strong light. The cdv is basically quite choice & shows only minute wear.

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.

Price on request.

Civil War General Thomas W. Sweeny Signed CDV Photo

Civil War General Thomas W. Sweeny Signed CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General Thomas William Sweeny. An appealing seated pose with excellent contrast. The photo is ink signed with rank "T. W. Sweeny Brig. Genl. Vols." The signature which was clipped from a larger piece was affixed, in period, to the front bottom of the photo. A tiny bit of the bottom of the "g" in Brig. is gone from when the clipped signature was attached to the cdv.

This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General Thomas W. Sweeny & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Charles D. Fredericks & Co. "Specialite," 587 Broadway, New York."

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.

Price on request.

1860’s General Winfield Scott Signed CDV Photo

1860’s General Winfield Scott Signed CDV Photo

An original 1860's Civil War cdv sepia albumen photo of General Winfield Scott. The photo is ink signed "Winfield Scott". The signature which was clipped from a larger piece was affixed, in period, to the front bottom of the photo.

This is an authentic autograph in the hand of General Winfield Scott & it is guaranteed entirely original in all respects. The back has the photographer's marking "Photographed by F. Gutenkunst, 706 Arch Street. Philadelphia."

This cdv is one part of a 98 piece collection of cdv photos that was formed during the Civil War and slightly after by General George Hampden Crosman & his wife. The Crosman album contained a number of scarce & elusive cdvs of Union generals as well as a number of cdvs of Union generals with original autographs.

Price on request.

Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank, Arcade c. 1923

Clock with Movable Pendulum Still Bank, Arcade c. 1923

Original circa 1923 clock with movable pendulum cast iron still bank. The bank is listed as number 1540 on page 136 in the Andy Moore "Penny Bank Book". In the Moore book he lists the bank as having been made by the Arcade Company & he lists as circa 1923. The Arcade Toy Co. was located in Freeport, Illinois. The bank measures 5 5/8 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches across the front of the base. The weight is 15.1 ounces.

This elaborate bank is beautifully made. It is in gorgeous glossy superb truly exceptional all original condition. The bank has only minor wear. All of the paint present is entirely original & there are no touch ups to the paint. There are no cracks, no chips, no replaced components, & no repairs. The pendulum & the wires holding the pendulum wires are all guaranteed 100% in all respects. An exceptionally pleasing example of a bank that is very hard to find in this lovely condition.

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1890-1891 Tower Iron Still Bank

1890-1891 Tower Iron Still Bank with Dial

A pleasing, finely cast, & extremely appealing "1890-1891 TOWER" iron still bank. This bank is listed & an example is pictured in the Andy Moore still bank book on page 118 item #1198. This bank was produced by the Kyser & Rex Co. of Frankford, Pa. as mentioned in the Moore book. Clearly the castings are of the very fine quality that Kyser & Rex is known for.

On the front of the door the original brass combination lock has letters for the positions in the combination. Underneath the bank incised in the casting is the wording :" Pat. Apld For 475 ". The bank measures 6 7/8 inches tall by 5 7/8 inches wide by 2 7/8 inches deep. The bank has a weight of 2 pounds 4 ounces.

The bank still retains the vast majority of the original paint & finish. The door has some areas of minor surface rust. The bank has never been cleaned & is just like we found it. There are no paint touch-ups, & no repairs of any kind to the iron. There are seven tiny casting flaws to the mullions located in the windows on the top tower area of the bank. These flaws are very minor & we absolutely 100% guarantee that these occurred in the original making of the bank.

The vast majority of the modest number known of this bank have some of these mullion casting flaws. In over 50 years of examining various examples of this bank I don't remember ever seeing a single example without some mullion flaw or flaws in the making.

The brass lock on the front of the door is frozen solid & does not turn. The inside lock mechanism is incomplete & there are some small pieces missing from the interior lock mechanism. The inside screw is an old replacement which holds the one original turning wheel which is still present. The brass dial would probably turn easily if the old replacement screw were taken out & the interior mechanism was fixed.

Underneath the bank there is an old penciled inscription which we are unable to read & and also there is an old paper label. This Tower bank is certainly a wonderful & intricate design of great visual beauty. One of the superior achievements of design & casting quality produced by the renown Kyser & Rex Company of Frankford, Pa. A joy to have owned & a privilege to be able to pass this one on to a buyer who will also have the chance to experience joy from owning it.

Boy on Velocipede Clockwork Toy c. 1870’s

Boy on Velocipede Clockwork Toy c. 1870’s

All original circa 1870's clockwork boy on velocipede toy. This fine early American toy was made by the Stevens & Brown Toy Company of Connecticut. The curved clockwork housing over the mechanism was patented by Arthur M. Allen of New York City on January 25, & February 1, 1870. The curved tin clockwork housing area has a stenciled marking "Pat. Jan 25 1870" on the right side (viewer's left). This is a large, impressive, & charming toy which measures approximately 11 inches long by 8 5/8 inches tall by 4 5/8 inches wide across the back section. The toy weighs in at 1 pound 6 ounces.

The wheels & handle bar area are cast iron. The painted tin clockwork housing is dark blue with gold trim. The boy's head is cloth based composition. The boy's hands & feet are stamped brass. The interior structure of the body is metal & wood. The clothing feels like it is made of wool. Two similar examples are pictured on page 36 & there is a story about them on pages 35-37 in the book "American Clockwork Toys" by Blair Whitton.

The following info in reference to the heads used on Stevens & Brown velocipede toys is on page 37 in the Whitton book:

"The cloth base doll head used on most of the velocipede figures was patented by George W. Hawkins, of New York City, on September 8, 1868. He received a second patent on January, 5, 1869, with the "Improvements in the Manufacture of Doll Heads". This invention relates to the dies and tools employed in forming and uniting the two parts or halves of hollow doll heads, which were formed of textile materials such as buckram or muslin, saturated with wet size or starch."


The toy is complete & with all original paint & all original clothes. There are no repairs, no replacement components, & no touch ups. The figure of the boy rider, which is much scarcer than the more frequently found girl, has entirely original clothes. The clothes are browned, worn, frayed, & have some holes from age & use. The boy's right hand (viewer's left) at the bottom where it fits on to the handle bar has a tiny piece of brass worn away. This minor flaw measures 1/8 inch by 1/32 inch.

The cloth based composition head has all original paint showing some wear & a few tiny hairlines, & a few cracks on the back of the neck. There is absolutely no touch-up to the head or any other components of the toy. We DO NOT have a key for the toy. But, the mechanism has been tested & the toy is in sound working condition. The toy shows some overall wear from use. One iron spoke is missing from the left back wheel (viewer's right). A delightful & appealing early American toy with lots of charm. 

Price on request.