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General Collecting

Yankee Toys Battelship Oregon Found

Long lost toys and forgotten toy companies excite us.  We love learning.  Rarely do we find toys that haven’t been mentioned before in our catalogs; or books; or auction records.  Seldomly do we unearth companies based in the US with a substantial toy lineup.   Here we found a grand slam– we found an electric…

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Animate Toys of NY- Tank Found

Have you heard of Animate Toys of New York?  We had not, but were lucky enough to get a tank and box come our way.  A collector shared with us a boxed example and we would like to share back. “Treat ‘Em Rough” that’s what they did to the Germans. is the headline…. 31 East…

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Tin Santa Toy, Early Crank Find

Our very early Santa toy find is a deep curiosity.  We need your help! The toy has English writing on it, but seems to have German Santa toy traits.  From what we can barely discern, it was marked on the square base “World Wide Delivery”.   The owner was a World War II vet and…

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TippCo or Tipp & Co toys from Germany

Paging through the thoroughly foreign book by Rudgr Huber, “Tipp & Co–größter blechspielzeughersteller in nürnberg nach 1932”, my personal collector appetite is whetted.  Translated into English- “Tipp & Co, the largest tin toy seller after 1932”.  Ok, I’m drooling a bit.   We have a wonderful 9″ x 9″ reference book brought to us by…

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German Tin Train Mystery- Carette Toy?

German Gloria Tin Train Mystery  We have a mystery on our hands.  In fact we have a mystery that may be solved by looking at the hands; the hands of a small instruction sheet.  Help us please! The box and illustration appear to be from the late 19th century.  After speaking with other collectors, we feel…

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Missouri Battleship Toy from Japan, ITO

We are pleased to share a great toy made of wood.  Yes, this is a Post-War Japanese Wood battleship toy of the venerable USS Missouri (though it looks metal).  It is battery operated with lights and a motor.   Historians note that it was used up to the Desert Storm flight in Iraq and then…

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Beautiful Schoenner Workshop Hits Auction

We love to see truly new, odd, beautiful, and intricate antique toys.  Sometimes they show up at auction at odd times, and unexpectedly.  This particular Schoenner worksop was dated circa 1902 and based on photos, appears extremely impressive.   The toy was new to us, as we have Die Anderen Nurnberger Band 4 as well…

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Early Tin Toy Cars and Race Cars Wanted

We are looking for high quality tin Race Cars and Early Tin Cars for yet another museum contact. As you know, these early car toys tended to get worn out and the tinplate recycled and damaged. For this reason, please assist in the search for pristine early cars or surviving rare toy cars. Our museum…

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Felix Toys Needed for Museum

Spread the word– we need high quality Felix toys from pre-1940’s for a museum. Please help us find museum worthy Felix toys. Our contact would like some special, ideally mint and boxed, toys for his display overseas. The buyer is well funded and passionate about getting Felix tin, windups, and other Felix items that are…

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