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Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Wagon with Polar Bear for Sale

$235.00

Kenton Cast Iron Overland Circus Wagon with Polar Bear for Sale

We have for you a cast iron Overland Circus Wagon with a cast iron horse team and polar bear manufactured by Kenton Hardware Co. of Kenton, Ohio. This well-loved circus wagon is a clean casted wagon with opening hitch and a team of horses. This example only comes with one driver that sits on the front horse. The second horse rider and wagon driver are missing.

Our example of this circus wagon with horses and polar bear is in very good all original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. This piece shows the usual patina, chips, scuffs, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and use. The wheels work and the polar bear in the cage can scoot into action and play.

Overall this circus wagon and horses are approximately 13 ¼’ in length and 6” tall at its apex. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.

 

 

 A brief history of Kenton Toys 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.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 14 × 14 in