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Posts Tagged ‘Cast Iron’

Hubley Cast Iron Motorcycles

What a great opportunity to show off some Harley and cop motorcycle toys by Hubley.  These solid cast iron toys were made in the 1930’s and help showcase the prowess of the tool makers at Hubley. Each of these castings was done by artists and in each you can see the strong points.  I happen…

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Hubley Chrysler Airflow Sedan with lights Review

Hubley Chrysler Airflow Sedan with lights Review As a long time cast iron toy enthusiast and research, I’ve waited for the day to see a Chrysler Airflow sedan in person.  Earlier I had a fleeting glance of a gray one, but never did I actually hold one. Well through a kind gentleman and referral, I…

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Cast Iron Still Bank Collection

Cast Iron Still Bank Collection   This selection is humble, but the quality is there.  Here are some pictures to share of an early cast iron still bank collection. Pictured are still banks by Kyser and Rex, the Animal Bank and Yong America, along side a Victorian Bank and Teller Bank.  Kyser and Rex toys…

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Toy Collecting- Great Timing and Current Trends

No one normally will shout out about great opportunities, but I’ll let the cat out of the bag– It is a great time to collect toys.  Why now, why more so than in the past?   Well…. timing is everything.     Trend– Timing is Great as Older Collections are being Liquidated. Trendy items are often not the thing to…

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Hubley Cast Iron Toys

The Hubley Manufacturing Company was first incorporated in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by John Hubley. The first Hubley toys appeared in 1909 and were made of cast-iron, with themes that ranged from horse-drawn vehicles and different breeds of dogs, to tractors, steam shovels, horses, banks, and guns. Hubley’s main competition in the early years was Arcade as well as a bit from A.C. Williams.

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Cast Iron Toys and Antique cast iron

Cast iron toy collecting 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.…

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Kenton 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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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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Arcade Taxi with Number 9

Here we go again with another interesting Arcade cast iron find.  This time the taxi has “No. 9” marked on the door and is also a custom run. The unearthed toy came from Florida of all places.  It also came with a postage stamp commemorating the toy in the early 2000’s. More details to come,…

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World’s Most Expensive Toys– Yes, they are Antiques

World’s most expensive Toys   Searching for valuable toys and internet research is fraught with mistakes, exaggerations, misrepresentations, and assumptions.  I constantly get asked “Did you get a load of that article on the World’s most expensive toys?  Barbie?  GI Joe? Gundam?  Something seems off.” Let me reframe the question, qualify, then correct. For me,…

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