Ives Cast Iron Phoenix Large Four Horse Band Wagon*SOLD*

Ives Cast Iron Phoenix Large Four Horse Band Wagon

This remarkable wagon features intricate gold detailing and swirling sculpted patterns. The rear of the wagon showcases a circus acrobat atop twin horse sculptures, while there are four sousaphone players, four horn players, and a driver accompanying it. Additionally, the rear bench is flanked by a lion with a flowing mane. Though the horses and tree have undergone touch-ups, the wagon remains an impressive approximately 30″ L cast iron toy.



A brief history of Ives Manufacturing Company of Plymouth/Bridgeport, Connecticut:  

Founder: Edward R. Ives  

1868 – 1932 

E.R. Ives & Co. of Plymouth, Connecticut 

1868 – 1870  

Specialty: Originally made baskets and hot air toys.  

Ives, Blakeslee, & Williams Co.  1872 – 1932   

Specialty: Ives joined in partnership with his brother-in-law Cornelius Blakeslee. Ives moved to Bridgeport in 1870; by the 1880s, they were leaders in superb clockwork toys designed by Jerome Secor, Nathan Warner, and Arthur Hotchkiss. Ives also acted as a jobber for other toy manufacturers` toys. The firm filed for bankruptcy in 1929, another victim of the Depression. Lionel took over the company at that time, and the name Ives and Blakeslee remained until 1931. 

Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 9 × 5 in