Antique Ca. 1930’s Arcade Cast Iron Large Allis-Chalmers #265 Tractor & Spreader Bottom Dump Trailer for Sale
Antique Ca. 1930’s Arcade Cast Iron Large Allis-Chalmers #265 Tractor & Spreader Bottom Dump Trailer
We have for you this ca. 1936 cast iron “Allis-Chalmers” tractor & spreader bottom dump trailer, model #265 that was manufactured by the Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois.
This is a two-piece cast iron construction where the halves are held together with a riveted steel rod in the center. Both the tractor and the trailer have rubber “Arcade Balloon” tires. The dump lever works as it should and the bottom of the trailer opens up to dump whatever it contains. The wheels, as with many cast iron toys are a bit loose and wobbly, but seem to be attached securely.
Our example of this tractor is in great all original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. This piece shows the usual dust, patina, chips, scuffs, scratches, surface rusting and wear that are to be expected from age and play. This came in two sizes and this one is the largest of the two at approximately 12 ¾” L x 4 ¼” W. This is a very desirable cast iron toy and would be a great addition to any cast iron collection. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.
A brief history of Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois:
The Arcade Manufacturing Company of Freeport, Illinois was originally founded as Novelty Iron Works by Edward H. and Charles Morgan in 1868, and conducted business in two small buildings with a staff of ten people.
The company operated between the years 1868 to 1946. They began making toys and coffee mills and then moved to a new site in 1893 (after fires, financial issues, and changing their name from Novelty Iron Works).
Arcade toy catalogs appear to start at 1902 and as late as 1939. Arcade`s toy line included over 300 toy items. Yellow Cab was their first successful toy followed by Andy Gump in 348 and Chester Gump in His Pony Cart. Arcade also made toy banks, doll house furniture, and cast-iron penny toys.
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