Early Arnold Tin Lithographed Windup Coal Mine German Toy *COMING TO AUCTION JAN 2024*
Early Arnold Tin Lithographed Windup Coal Mine German Toy
This is a tin, lithographed, windup coal mine toy that was manufactured by Arnold Co. of Nuremberg, Germany.
This does not come with a key, but we tested it and found it to not be working. We do believe that with some tinkering this could be fully functional again. This early version of this toy is in beautiful condition with its detailed lithography and coal wagon that moves between the winding house and mine. There is a furnace that once repaired and given some love would make sparks. Whoever buys this, if you repair it we would love a video of it working fully!
This piece is in great all original condition with no restorations, repairs, or touch-ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, missing accessories, and wear that is to be expected from age and play. This is approximately 13 ¾” L x 2 ¾” W x 6” H. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.
A brief history of Arnold Co. of Nuremberg, Germany:
Active: 1906 to date
Founder: Karl Arnold
Specialty: Stationary steam accessories; nautical toys. Introduced “Rapido” gauge “N” model railroads in the 1960s.
Arnold’s initial offerings included toy metal trains, model ships, doll house furniture, and many other types of toys. In the early 1930s and 40s, Arnold toys often have CKO or CKAO markings on them to identify this tin toy maker. For those that don’t know, Karl Arnold was born in 1865 in Bavaria. Then at the age of 41, he founded the company for mechanical toys in Nuremberg (1906). There is a wonderful book entitled Arnold – The Toys from 1906 until 1965 that shows more about this German maker. I wholeheartedly recommend Ulrich Schweizer’s book, especially to the person who purchases this solid toy or any of the iconic tin ships.
|Dimensions||16 × 8 × 8 in|