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Possibly Althof Bergmann ca. 1880’s American Tin Horse Drawn Wagon for Sale


Possibly Althof Bergmann ca. 1880’s American Tin Horse Drawn Wagon 

We have for you a ca. 1880’s tin, hand painted horse drawn wagon possibly manufactured by Althof, Bergmann & Company of New York City, New York. We were unable to attribute this with all certainty to Althof, Bergmann & Co.     

Our piece has paint loss and darkening, but the toy is quite original and comes our way from a barn find. As you may know, their paintwork was never meant to last and much of the painting was done with home brewed or very primitive mixtures that didn’t always stay stable. Those who collect tin toys from the 19th century recognize how challenging they are to find now. Most were recycled or thrown away.  

This piece is in great all original condition with no breaks, restorations, repairs, or touch ups. This piece shows the usual patina, fading, dust, chips, scuffs, surface rust, scratches, and wear that are to be expected from age and play. This is approximately 8 ½” L. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.    




A brief history of Althof, Bergmann & Company of New York City, New York: 

Althoff, Bergmann & Company was formed in 1867 by three brothers whose last name was Bergmann and a casual “jobber” named L. Althof. Althof Bergmann was in business from 1867 to 1880.   

The company started with importing various toys, but very soon they started producing their own toys. They specialized in tinplate trains, bell toys, still banks, and horse drawn vehicles. Althof Bergmann was one of the first U.S. toy makers to build carpet running trains, and renowned for painted clockwork toys, notably the hoop variety. 

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in