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Mechanical Banks, Antique Bears, Cast Iron Vehicles, Chromolithography American Games,
Tin-Litho Wind Ups and other Unusual Americana

Antique Game 19th Century McLoughlin Brothers Mother Goose Picture Cubes

Antique Picture Games Puzzle Blocks by McLoughlin Bros. »

Copyright 1898: McLoughlin Brothers picture puzzle game in original box and spectacular condition

For Sale: $895

Antique Humpback Teddy Bear, Early American Bear for Sale

Early Humped Back Teddy Bear »

Long arms, long snout, long mohair and humped back bring great character to this old bear.

For Sale: $795

Santa Clause At Chimney Cast Iron Mechanical Bank For Sale Shepard Hardware Company

Santa Claus Mechanical Bank Shepard Hardware Company, Buffalo, New York »

Circa 1889: Buffalo's Shepard Hardware Co. maufactired a lot of mechanical banks, but the iconic Santa Claus standing at the chimney remains one of its most popular and endearing models. The bank's movement is very simple, but no child could grow tired of Santa Clause dropping the gift of money into the chimney chute. This antique mechanical bank is completely original with no paint touch-ups, chips, cracks, or repairs and has great cross over appeal into several areas of collecting, thus making examples of this quality ighly desirable and especially difficult to find on the open market.

For Sale: $1850

Antique American Game Board in Original Red and White Paint

Antique Double Sided Gameboard in Original Red & White Paint »

Great Original Surface: Fresh from a local Vermont estate is this wonderful antique American gameboard in original red and white paint.

For Sale: $1,350

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Bank I Always Did 'Spise a Mule »

Circa 1880: Patented to James Bowen on April 22, 1879 and manufactured by Cromwell, Connecticut's J & E Stevens Company in 1880, the iconic jockey over variation of the I Always Did 'Spise a Mule cast iron mechanical bank stands as one of the most recognizable pieces of 19th century Black Americana and is a must have for all collectors of antique mechanical banks and Black Americana.

For Sale: $1595

 

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Bank Trick Dog »

Circa 1888: This 1880s Hubley Trick Dog cast iron mechanical bank with six-part base has excellent original paint, comes in completely original condition and includes a key for the coin trap. It is easy to see why the Trick Dog was popular with the youth of the late Victorian era and remains just as popular with 21st century mechanical bank collectors who are sure to be pleased with this handsome 19th century American bank manufactured by Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Hubley Manufacturing Company.

For Sale: $1650

 

Antique Buddy L Express Line Truck in Original Paint

Antique Buddy L Screenside Express Line Van»

Circa 1920s: This superb 25" Buddy L Express Line Van is one of the wildly popular and highly desirable large pressed steel toy vehicles manufactured by Fred Ludahl's Moline Pressed Steel Company in Moline, Illinois, home of the famous John Deere tractor!

For Sale: $2,950

 

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Painted Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank »

Very nice, working, original condition on this Antique Mechanical Clown on Globe Bank. Yellow based version also sports a unique ruffle, hat and costume combination.

For Sale: $3,450

 

Early American Antique Painted Tin Toy Elephant on Base with Wheels

Larger Elephant on Wheeled Platform
Early American Antique Painted Tin Toy »

Late Nineteenth Century: Collectors of early American tin will appreciate the larger size of this elephent on wheels and the abundance of original, untouched paint left on its surface. Lovely pink details decorate the mouth and trunk and a bright red sadle is trimmed in yellow. This antique American tin pulltoy will make a nice addition to any collection. Measures 8" long x 6" tall.

For Sale: $1,450

Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Nodder Large German Americana Toy

Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Americana Nodder»

Late Nineteenth Century: This large antique German Uncle Sam nodder is a fantastic find. The great long legs harken to the Palmer Cox Brownie figures of the era. Wonderful Red and White striped pants and a bright yellow vest with little black buttons, a fancy blue tail coat, white gloves and a tall top hat dress up this wonderful antique Americana toy.

For Sale: $1,650

W.S. Reed Toy Company The Five Jolly Darkies Way down in Old Virginia The Old Plantation Black Americana

Antique Paper Chromolitho Black Americana Mechanical Toy »

1881-1896: W.S. Reed Toy Company was founded in 1881 in Leominster Massachusetts. Interesting paper chromo-litho depicting a two man band consisting of a fiddle player and a bones player. Bones is a musical clacking of loose rib bones, or simple sticks, that produce a much sharper sound than the zydeco or washboard and mimicsrattling a bone up and down a fixed ribcage. Nice to see a depiction of Early African American folk art music, rather than some of the more derogatory scenes. Wooden crank on side moves characters up and down and produces the clacking sound.

For Sale: $1,650

Punch and Judy Mechanical Bank

Punch and Judy Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1884: This bank represents a typical Punch and Judy theatre, scenery, curtain and all. Judy receives the coin in a plate in her hand, a lever is pressed and Punch rushes forward brandishing a club, when Judy turns quickly and deposits the coin in the bank. Name "Punch and Judy Bank" above the stage opening. Two varieties, one has smaller letters in the name than the other. Buffalo, N.Y. July 15, 1884.

For Sale: $2950

Antique Cast Iron mechanical bank for sale, jonah and the whale

Jonah and the Whale Antique Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1890: Designed by Peter Adams, Jr. and produced by Shepard hardware Company of Buffalo, New York, the Jonah and the Whale mechanical bank plays on the famous Old Testament story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale. However, in true comic fashion, this version of the bank depicts Jonah feeding the whale coins and is meant instead to teach children the moral value of saving money.

For Sale: $4,950

Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car  Circa 1890-1894

Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Trolley Car »

Circa 1890-1894 | Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car with white horse.

For Sale: $1,895

Rare Antique Game of Nosey

The Game of Nosey »

This early McLoughlin Brothers game was designed by the infamous Man on the Moon Game artist. Its beautiful lithography is shocking to the eye.

For Sale: $350


Mickey Mouse Tin Wind Up Linemar Antique Toy Pluto Wind up

Mickey Mouse Tin Wind Up »

Excellent condition on this early Linemar wind up vintage Mickey Mouse toy in great working condition

For Sale: $595

Antique Cast Iron Arcade Fageol Safety Coach

Antique Arcade Fageol Safety Coach Cast Iron Vehicle »

Freeport, Illinois, Circa 1925-1931
Rarely found in orange, this large 12" Arcade Fageol Safety Coach retains an incredible original panted surface and is fantastic condition. Here is an outstanding find for a collector who wants a classic American cast iron toy in a very hard to find color!

For Sale: $795

Antique Cast Iron Fire Truck Original Red Paint Hubley For Sale

Antique Hubley Cast Iron Fire Truck »

Circa 1930: 14" Long, Original Red Paint. Hubley cast iron fire truck in original red paint, circa 1930. Hubley was the largest and longest producer of cast iron toys and it is here, in the fired departments ladder truck that Hubley celebrates the growing efforts of the early 20th century volunteer fireman. Three drivers, cast in great detail.

For Sale: $1,195

New Creedmoor Antique Mechanical Bank For Sale

New Creedmoor Mechanical Bank »

New Creedmoor mechanical bank in original polychrome painted finish with William Tell figure shooting penny into tree stump, base with raised escutcheon reading New Creedmoor Bank with patent number, 2.8" x 10.15" x 6.75" high. A very interesting mechanical bank that was designed to fire a gunpowder cap while sending coin into tree truck.

For Sale: $700

Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board

Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board »

Circa 1900: Both sides of this striking and large handmade antique gameboard are incredibly graphic with super visual pop, high contrast, and the best original painted surface. The unusual corner blocks on the Parcheesi board attract the eye and point the viewer to the game's central home square. The reverse is equally pleasing with its over-sized Nova Scotian checkerboard and its wide expanse of dark Indian red paint. This handsome example of turn of the century utilitarian folk art is sure to please even the most advanced collector.

For Sale: $2,250

Antique Game Board  American Conneticut Checker Board in Original Paint

Antique American 4 Color Paint Decorated Game Board »

Circa 1880: Here is a wonderful four-color checkerboard in an unusual and pleasing color scheme: brown, hunter green, mustard, and black. This Connecticut gameboard was obviously made by a professional, perhaps a carriage painter as evidenced by the thin green border and well-painted squares, and is in untouched original condition with the good, honest wear advanced collectors like to see. This lovely antique checkerboard is an excellent example of 19th century American folk art and will compliment any collection of early game boards, antique country primitves, or high quality americana.

For Sale: $1250

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1888: Originally advertised as the Base Ball Bank, James H. Bowen’s superbly designed Dark Town Battery was manufactured and distributed by Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company and stands as a lasting celebration of America’s first professional Negro Baseball League in 1887. This immensely popular and highly desirable mechanical bank is the finest piece of 19th century sporting Black Americana ever produced, and this example features and incredibly vibrant and nearly complete untouched paint decorated surface.

For Sale: $9,400

 

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Two Frogs Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1882: Originally marketed as the Bullfrog Bank and the Frog Bank, James H. Bowen’s strikingly visual Two Frogs mechanical bank was manufactured by Cromwell, Connecticut bank giant J. & E. Stevens Company and imitates, in comic fashion, a frog catching its prey, in this case a child’s coin... nearly mint untouched paint decorated surface.

For Sale: $6,500

 

Boy Scout Camp Mechanical Bank For Sale

Boy Scout Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1912-1917: The Boy Scout Camp Bank does not often find its way to the open marketplace, and this wonderful example of the scarce and complex J. & E. Stevens Company masterpiece mechanical bank is attributed to highly acclaimed bank designer Charles A. Bailey and celebrates the 1910 formation of The Boy Scouts of America.

For Sale: $3,400

 

Previously Sold Pieces:
arcade cast iron fageol bus for sale large 12 inch size: brilliant original blue paint

Arcade Cast Iron Fageol Bus »

Brilliant blue paint and great form on this early antique cast iron Arcade large 12" Fageol Bus

SOLD

Bull Dog Cast Iron Mechanical Bank For Sale

Bull Dog Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1880: Cromwell, Connecticut cast iron bank manufacturers J. & E. Stevens Company relied on James H. Bowen to create the visually formidable Bull Dog Bank or, as it was first named, the Bull Dog Bank, Coin on Nose. It is easy to see that any youngster of the day would consider the fearsome bulldog with its penetrating glass eyes and disturbing toothy jaws a perfect receptacle to guard his hard-earned coins. After all, one would have to be out of his mind even to consider stealing from a creature so ferocious as the ever-attendant bulldog. This eye catching antique mechanical bank features a superb untouched paint decorated surface, perfect action, and no chips, cracks, or repairs, is of true collector quality, and will surely be a hit in any fine collection of Americana, banks, or antique cast iron toys.

SOLD

 

Antique Halloween Dancing Witch and Pumpkin Windup German Paper Mache Toy

Antique Halloween Windup Toy Dancing Witch and Pumpkin »

Collectors of early toys, windups and halloween toys will rejoice at this example. Perfectly preserved and working, this rare antique Halloween windup of a dancing witch and pumpkin wheels playfully around. Recently acquired and fresh to the market the condition of this example is stupendous.

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Magician Mechanical Bank For Sale

Magician Antique Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1901: Designed by virtuoso bank inventor Charles A. Bailey for Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company, the Magician Bank is based on the timeless vanishing rabbit trick.  When one places a coin under the magician’s top hat and presses the lever, the hat covers the coin, and the coin “magically disappears,” sliding down a cleverly designed (and hard to detect) chute. Upon the lever’s release, the magician raises his hat, revealing an empty table. This ingenious optical illusion was sure to delight its young turn of the century owners and help them save their change for that proverbial rainy day.

SOLD

 

Early American Tin Horse and Rider Bell Toy Antique Pull Toy Althoff Bergmann For Sale

Althof Bergmann Early American Tin
Articulated Horse and Rider Bell Toy »

Circa 1870: Early American tin horse and rider pull toys don't get any better than this handsome 14" x 12" Althof Bergmann jumbo articulated bell toy with early heart-shaped wheels that approximate a horse's gait and facilitate the ringing of the bell when the toy is in motion. Condition is excellent on this rare beauty, with only a couple spots of solder on the tips of the feet and one leg possibly soldered from the inside. The paint is original, and for a 150-year-old tin toy that was never primed, one should consider the paint as truly excellent. The large size of this wonderful antique tin toy will make it the centerpiece of any advanced toy collection. Moreover, this toy was once owned by the late famed toy and folk art collector and author Bernard Barenholtz (American Antique Toys, 1830-1900) and has come to us through storied Americana dealers Steven Score, Marilyn Simmons, and Tom Rawson. If you are looking for an outstanding early American tin toy with first class provenance, then this fantastic Althof Bergman Jumbo horse and rider pull toy should fit the bill.

SOLD

Antique American Game Board in Original Mustard and Black Paint

Antique American Gameboard in Original Yellow and Black Paint »

Great Original Surface: Fresh from a local Vermont estate is this wonderful antique American gameboard in original yellow and black paint.

SOLD

Bing Teddy Bear: Antique Teddy Bear For Sale

Circa 1920 20" Bing Teddy Bear »

This rare Bing bear is in superb original condition. In their price guide Buying & Selling Teddy Bears published in 2000, teddy bear experts Terry and Doris Michaud place a value on this bear at $4,500.00. You can own this fantastic 20" Bing teddy bear for a fraction of that price!

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Unique and Rare Antique Paddy and the Pig Mechanical Bank For Sale

Paddy & the Pig Mechanical Bank »

James H. Bowen of Philadelphia, Pa., was the inventor and designer of Paddy And The Pig. It was manufactured by the J. & E. Stevens Company of Cromwell, Conn. They pictured it for sale in a number of their catalogs and at the time the name "Shamrock Bank" was used.

SOLD

 

Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank

Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1886-1892: Shepard Hardware Co., designed by Charles Shepard & Peter Adams, patentedJune 8th, 1886. This wonderful Uncle Sam mechanical bank has especially well-painted eyes! This highly prized bank is in completely original condition with no touch ups or repairs. It even comes with its original key!

SOLD

Antique Game 19th Century McLoughlin Brothers Chiromagica game for sale

Antique Game: Chiromagica 1879, McLoughlin Bros. NY »

19th Century American game from the McLoughlin Brothers, features a fabulous wizard with wand surrounded by novelties. The lithography is fantastic and the condition is extremely good. The game is complete, working, and a joy to play.

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Antique Schoenhut Jointed Wooden Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat by Schoenhut »

Circa 1925: Nice large 8" size. Painted, wooden, fully jointed, with original stickers and leather ears. Copyrighted by Pat Sullivan.

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Elephant Swings Trunk  Mechanical Bank

Elephant Swings Trunk Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1905: Scarce Large Gold Version— This nice Ravenna, Ohio, A. C. Williams Manufacturing Company Elephant Swings Trunk – Large cast iron mechanical banks simply moves its trunk when a coin is inserted into its slot. The bank features a completely original and untouched painted surface, has no chips, cracks, or repairs, and works perfectly. This is a great little beginning tier antique cast iron mechanical bank in the scarce gold paint version, and will fit in perfectly into a collection of period toys or banks.

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