Tin Toy Collector and Florida Visit

With a bit of delay, I’d like to share some photos that highlight a great visit to a Florida tin collector’s home.  Mr D was kind enough to host me and talk toys; afterwards we toured his collection and saw some of the best in Lehmann toys as well as numerous American tin toys.    […]

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Miami Toy Show

Our trip down to the 2017 Miami toy show was quite an adventure and great opportunity to network.  Steve Fuller organized the annual event right in the heart of the north’s big winter; perfect for planning a southern vacation. This year we went from the west coast of Florida down I-75 and made it to […]

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Cast Iron Toys

Collecting cast iron toys has been mostly associated with American toy collectors.  As such, I wanted to assemble some cast iron toy photos for everyone and to make the site more popular with the search engines.  Here are some highlight photos to share.  You will notice the wide variety of shapes and sizes.  Prices tend […]

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Vindex Fokker Trimotor or Arcade F-10A Cast Iron, which is it?

What is old knowledge can now be scrutinized with fresh catalog data and a century of new data.  My objective this last week was to ID a Fokker Trimotor cast iron and confirm its maker. O’Brien’s Toy guide states it was made by Arcade.  Right now I can’t find any Arcade catalogs or ads to support […]

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Antique Cast Iron Toys

Cast iron toy collecting seems to consistently create a love hate relationship.  Love them for beauty; hate them for rarity.  Love them for the history; hate them because the historic ones don’t get offered for sale often.  Love them for their craftsmanship; hate them when you get a bootleg cast iron. Love the antique toy […]

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Toy Restorations. Do I do an Antique Toy Restoration?

Do you need a toy restoration?  Should I restore a toy?  How do I restore my toys? My response, probably not, probably not, and consider just preserving it as-is. Do you need a toy restoration?–  I would argue ‘No’ for 90% of the toys out there.  For that 10% out there that is incredibly historic or almost […]

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Vintage toys for sale in St. Petersburg

Vintage Toys for sale locally

Lately I’ve been spending a good amount of time locally looking for antiques and toys of interest.  As always, you look for toy X and find toy Y, and inevitably one finds older toys that aren’t quite antiques.  Let’s call them vintage toys. Well all around St. Petersburg we have vintage stores, thrift stores if […]

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Cast Iron Toys from America

One of my latest Cast Iron toy finds ends up being a early 20’s century automobile.  Of course, it has four wheels; but where does the research go from there as there isn’t a make or model labeled on the car? Luckily, here at Antique Toys we have over 300 books and catalogs as well […]

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Consigning old toys to sell- Selling Antique Toys

So the other day my client and I were in a dilemma.  We had an incredibly unique old toy, one that was a desirable antique without many comparable sales.  She asked me to make and offer, but I wasn’t comfortable buying it outright, especially when condition wasn’t easy to review at a distance.  She was concerned […]

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Kenton Toys and Heavy Dray aka Stake Wagon

This particular Two Horse wagon has been quite a challenge to look-up and define in detail.  The reason being, Kenton had two periods of producing cast iron horse toys– one from the 1900’s to about the 1940’s, then another less detailed production in the 1950’s.  The plethora of variants takes time to sift through.  Then […]

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