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Kenton Hardware Co. ca. 1930’s Red Cast Iron Tandem Fire Engine Ladder Truck for Sale

Kenton Hardware Co. Red Cast Iron Tandem Fire Engine Ladder Truck  

We have for you a circa late 1930’s pre-war, hardly seen red cast iron two-piece tandem fire engine ladder truck manufactured by Kenton Toys/Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio. 

The wheels, as with most cast iron toys of this age, are wobbly yet still attached securely. The white rubber tires are still intact in good condition, but as per usual with toys of this age they have petrified and cracked. 

This Kenton cast iron fire ladder truck is in great all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch ups. This piece shows the usual patina, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and play. This is approximately 8″ L when put together. We invite you to view the photos to further determine 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 that 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 mammoth National Novelty Corp. 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 1920-1935.

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 2.75 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 9 in