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Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Horse Drawn Band Wagon *SOLD*

Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Horse Drawn Band Wagon

We have for you a highly desirable cast iron Overland Circus horse-drawn band wagon that was manufactured by Kenton Toys/Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio.

This visually striking toy harkens back to the days of circus’ in their heyday.  The toy’s quality is reflected in the variety of colors which include yellow, flesh tones, red, silver, navy, blue, and white. The reds and golds are deep and beautiful. One band member is missing in some of the photos, probably just taking a break. He will be present when the circus band comes home to you! The right side horses wheel has worn down around the axle due to play so it’s a bit loosey goosey, but it is attached and displays well.

This piece is in very good all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch-ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, missing accessories, and wear that are to be expected from age and play. It is approximately 15 ¼” L. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.


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A brief history of Kenton Toys/ Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio:       

Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio was founded by F.M. Perkins (Patented line of refrigerator hardware). They operated from about 1890 to 1952.       

Their specialty was toy production which began in 1894 with a line of horse-drawn fire equipment, banks, and toy stoves. The company was renamed Kenton Hardware in 1900 and then it became part of the Mammoth National Novelty Corporation merger in 1903 which continued its toy line under the name Wing Mfg. Co. Kenton was involved in several unsuccessful takeovers until it eventually emerged as a separate unit, the Kenton Hardware Co., and again produced toys successfully from 1920 to 1935.       

Kenton ceased production in 1952 and the assets were sold in 1953. The Littlestown Hardware & Foundry acquired many Kenton toy designs and marketed them under the brand “Utexiqual”. Littlestown eventually folded in 1982.       

Modern collectors have to thank Kenton collector Robert Saylor and all of his tireless research on Kenton toys; his cataloging has immeasurably helped our hobby. 

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in
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