This Time of the year it’s an Auction for Antique Vehicle Collectors.
SJ Auctioneers will be hosting a toy collectible auction on December, 26 2021 4:00 p. m. Bidders will have a chance to collect desirables from Buddy L, Tootsie Toy, Tippco, Matchbox and more. visit our catalogue for item pre bidding. Register for our auction. https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/227705_trains-toys-collectibles/. We look forward to serving you.
Tipp & CO
Tipp & Co Founded in 1912 and named after an early director/employee (?), Miss Tipp, its ultimate owner, Phillip Ullman, was forced to flee Germany in 1933. He went to England, where he founded Mettoy, eventually returning to Germany to recover his company after the war. Tipp’s military vehicles are among the finest clockwork tin toys produced in the pre-War era as well as one of the better companies that produced tin windup toys of high quality such as Lineol and Elastolin. The following pictures are just some of the large collection of pre-War era Tippco toys. Most of the Tippco Hitler-era toys were destroyed after the war. There are very few toys that exist today that are museum quality and we have all but a few.
One of the most successful lines of toy vehicles ever is Buddy L, introduced by Fred Lundahl and named for his son. In 1910, Fred A. Lundahl started the Moline Press Steel Company in East Moline, Il. He provided quality pressed steel parts such as automobile fenders, truck and farm-implement parts, to McCormick-Deering, International Harvester, and 36 automobile manufacturers as well as the truck and farm machinery industry. During the summer of 1920, Fred began to make toy model steel vehicles for his 5-year old son Arthur Brown Lundahl using 18 and 20 gauge scrap metal from his parts manufacturing business. Fred believed that the quality of most manufactured toys and trucks from the period was poor, and they were generally not built to last. He wanted his son to have indestructible playthings to resemble the newest adult toy, the automobile, and to spark imaginative play. The first model that he built was one that represented an International Harvester truck. Fred’s toys were originally only made as special items for his son, but they soon caught the attention of other children and their fathers, and demand grew.
The Hubley Manufacturing Company was first incorporated in 1894 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania by John Hubley. The first Hubley toys appeared in 1909 and were made of cast-iron, with themes that ranged from horse-drawn vehicles and different breeds of dogs, to tractors, steam shovels and guns. Hubley’s main competition in the early years was Arcade. Early toys were known for their complexity; a delicate 11 inch long Packard Straight 8, a five-ton truck that came complete with tools, a road roller that came in five different sizes, a steam shovel with working arms and shovel, and Chrysler Airflows with take-apart bodies. Hubley’s was especially known for its many motorcycles, which were creative and often included sidecars or hooked to delivery vans that said, for example, “Say it with flowers” on the sides.
In the late 1930s, the company began shifting to diecast zinc alloy (mazac) molding similar to Tootsietoy which had been doing toys in diecast since 1933. Foreshadowing the post-war diecast boom, and perhaps in an attempt to steal some of Tootsietoys’ thunder, new mazac and plastic Hubley toys were now called Kiddietoys – a name which was used at least until the mid-1950s. Household objects such as doorstops and bookends were also produced, but automobiles, trucks and airplanes gradually became Hubley’s mainstay.
Hubley’s casting process involved several steps. For a particular toy, bookend, or doorstop, metalworkers would first carve a wood form, or hammer out the basic design in metal. Pressing this form into finely compacted sand created an impression for molding. Cast iron heated to 3000 degrees was poured into the sand mold and, when cooled, the form would pop out. Rough edges would be filed away and the mold ready for mass production casting. Painters applied a base coat (usually white or cream but sometimes black) to cast figures whether toys or doorstops. Then, colorists used a variety of hues highlighting important details.
By about 1960, different lines were introduced to distinguish toys for younger folk from products for older hobbyists. In fact, the company suddenly tried to compete with a variety of market segments all at the same time, pitting itself against other metal kid’s toy maker, kit manufacturers, and British diecast producers. One such toy was their Tic-Toy clock with visible interior gears. In 1965 was acquired by the Lido Toy Company.
The company also dabbled in plastic promotional models. Hubley offerings may have represented too broad of a competitive brushstroke, however, as the company was pretty much out of business by the mid-1970s.
Founded in the 1890s in Kenton, Ohio, a small city of only several thousand residents, the business originally produced cast-iron locks, doorknobs and hardware for furniture. In 1894, the company also started making toys and soon became one of the largest manufacturers of cast-iron toys in the world.
122611A Herend Medium Rooster Figurine Hand Paint +Gold Accents
122619 American Flyer Train Set 20535 S Pony Express Passenger
122620 American Flyer TRAIN SET4019 Red Passenger Set
122632 Buddy L Station Wagon With TeePee Camper Trailer
122637 Marx Toys Wind-Up JUMPIN JEEP Action Toy – 40’s V RARE
122650 Hubley Vehicle Rancher’s set #1048 +Box
122676 Tippco Halftrack + Crew. Pre War Original 1938 Rare!