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Nomura (TN) “F.D. 4108” Japanese Tin Lithographed Friction 5 Man Fire Engine Ladder Truck with Bell for Sale


Nomura (TN) “F.D. 4108” Japanese Tin Lithographed Friction 5 Man Fire Engine Ladder Truck with Bell

We have a very interesting “F.D. 4108” tin, lithographed, friction 5 man fire engine ladder truck manufactured by Nomura Toy Industrial Co., Ltd. (T.N) of Tokyo Japan.

This highly detailed fire engine has an extendable ladder and 5 lithographed fire men. When revved up the engine goes forward with what sounds a bit like a fire trucks roaring engines with the classic ringing bell. The black rubber tires are still intact, but as per usual with toys of this age they may have petrified, discolored, warped and/or cracked.

Our example of this Nomura “F.D. 4108” fire engine ladder truck is in excellent original condition with no restorations, repairs, breaks or touch ups. This piece is in excellent overall condition and shows the usual patina, fading, chips, dust, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, and wear that are normally found with age and display. It is approximately 10 ¾” L x 3 ½“W.  This would be a great addition to any collection. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.



A brief history of Nomura Toy Industrial Co., Ltd. (T.N) of Tokyo Japan:

Nomura Toy Industrial Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, also known at TN, was one of the biggest and most prolific of all postwar Japanese toy makers. Nomura is believed to have manufactured toys from the late 1940’s through the 1970’s. The letters “T.N” within the diamond logo means that the company is often referred to as TN or Toys Nomura. A wide range of tinplate toys had this logo emblazoned on its boxes whilst its later die cast toys simply featured ‘Nomura toy’ on their boxes.

Nomura was an early manufacturer in the tin toy world of Japan. They opened their doors in the late 1940’s and quickly dominated the marketplace with colorful, original tin toy vehicles. They produced a wide variety of mechanical and battery (Electromobile) operated toys, military and civilian vehicles, space toys, and novelty items. They are responsible for many Astro Boy and Tetsujin 28 toys. As well as, creating many Robby robot and Sparky robot toys; all were classics.

By the mid 1970′s, like many other Japanese toy companies, it had to make the move into die cast in order to survive.  Their toys designs have even reappeared with the company Masudaya Modern Toys (MT). Nomura continued in one form or another until 1992 when they were bought out by the largest toy company of the time Hasbro.



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Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in