Your guide to great tin toys, die-cast cars and antique dolls

In the early 19th century, pedlars and street traders sold cheap toys carved from a single piece of wood, mainly produced by rural craftsmen or in small backstreet factories and sweatshops. In the late 19th century these toys were replaced by even cheaper toys stamped out of tinplate and die cast which were exported from Germany. Many of the toys were clockwork and were developed as a sideline of watchmaking. They were originally made in the 1830s for the amusement of adults... -> read more about vintage tin toys.

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On this website you'll find info on 1200+ manufactures and you can search worldwide for vintage toys on ebay to find that missing toy for your collection. If you have any questions or comments on toys you have or want to have, find the right page and leave a comment.

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April 2, 2020 Pete wrote regarding Erector Set:
"I have the motherload of Gilbert Erector parts for sale. Mostly pre-1960. Some very old. I have taken over 25 pics of Erector set metal..."
April 2, 2020 jo wrote regarding Tiny Tears:
"ive just brought a tiny tears from ebay it looks brand new, have any fakes been made of this doll. i just cant understand how a doll..."
March 29, 2020 Jaime wrote regarding Big Trak:
"Hello, Has any one made the original stickers available for printing? If possible, I'd like to print them on printable sticker paper..."
March 28, 2020 Babette wrote regarding Russ Berrie:
"Hello. I’m trying desperately to find the vintage Russ Babette plush doll for my niece.It’s from 2001, i believe. It’s pink,..."
March 25, 2020 Wayne wrote regarding Alps:
"Hello, have a mechanical "Drag Shovel" by Alps. Toy was found in box (box lid has great action graphics of machine working at a job..."
March 25, 2020 Mike wrote regarding Betta Bilda:
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