Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Wagon with Polar Bear 13.25″ for Sale


Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Wagon with Polar Bear 13.25″

We have for you a cast iron 2-horse Overland Circus wagon with polar bear manufactured by Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio.

This visually striking toy harkens back to the circus in its heyday when large circus parades would go down main streets announcing the circus’ arrival. This piece would be a great introductory piece to the world of cast iron collecting.

We noticed one wheel has been replaced on the horses. We also noticed a break to the back cage door’s hinge, however, the door stays in place when closed.

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 13 ¼’ L and 6” H. We encourage you to examine the accompanying photos for a more thorough assessment of its quality and condition.



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. 

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Additional information

Weight 4.5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 9 in