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Hess Gunboat Tin Floor Roller for Sale Medium


Hess Gunboat tin floor roller for sale- Medium

This is our medium sized Hess Gunboat tin offering.  It is a twin gun toy with an undulating wave action.

Condition is good, but there is corrosion on the front by the bow on one side.  The litho is crisp, with some scratching as shown.  Gold colors have aging and spotting.  Still, overall, it is a beautiful toy for any collection.

Hess made these to scoot across the floor and act like waves were causing the toy to rise and fall.  Then the flywheel is made of lead and spins fast to propel the toy.  This action is an evolutionary dead end, likely to not be replicated in newer designs.

Our boat was manufactured by the Hess Company in Nuremburg, Germany during the early 20th century. The “J.L.H.” makers mark on the base of the toy dates the motor to between 1906 and 1930, when John Leonard Hess took over the company.


A brief history of J.L. Hess of Nuremberg, Germany:


J.L. Hess was founded in 1826 in Nuremberg, Germany. Hess was one of the first to make railways from pressed steel. Johann L. Hess inherited the company in 1866, and it ceased production in 1934. They specialized in Tinplate pull-along trains and various other parlor toys, as wells as, toy autos that bore the trademark name “Hessmobil”.

1 in stock

Additional information

Weight 2.75 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in