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Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co. Tin Lithographed Windup “Mechanical Battleship” in Box for Sale


Wolverine Supply & Mfg. Co. Tin Lithographed Windup “Mechanical Battleship” in Box

Enjoy this tin battleship for what it is– a superior tin stamping and lithograph “impression” of a pre-World War 2 Navy ship. Our tin windup was made by Wolverine toys.

Our example looks pristine with an excellent box.  That said, the rear rudder appears missing and the sparking mechanics don’t spark.

Lithography is excellent and the oft-lost tower is present.

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. We invite you to view the photos to further determine quality and condition.   



A brief history of Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:  

1903 – 1950 

Founders: Benjamin F. Bain and his wife. 

Specialty: The Wolverine Supply & Manufacturing Company was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1903, and incorporated in 1906. Wolverine`s early toys were set in motion by the weight of sand or marbles. These popular toys were usually designed to unload sand or marbles from an elevated hopper. The toys, once set in operation, continue to operate unattended until the supply of marbles or sand was exhausted, thereby providing endless hours of fun for youngsters. These types of toys were called “Sandy Andy”. In 1918, Wolverine`s line expanded to include girls` toys. Introduced at the New York Toy Fair in March of that year, were such toys as tea sets, sand pails, washtubs, glass washboards, ironing boards, and miniature grocery stores. In 1928, Wolverine introduced their “Sunny Andy” and Sunny Suzy” toys. Company advertising explained that the new names for the toys would cover all toys not operated by sand. By 1929, airplanes, boats, buses, and other toys had joined the Wolverine family of toys. Wolverine continued to expand their toy line throughout the 9130s, right up to the beginning of WWII, almost as if they were immune from the effects of the Depression. Even the sand toys, relatively unchanged from the early 1900s, were still being sold into the 1950s.

1 in stock

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 17 × 10 × 8 in