Much of the tinplate toys trade was based in Nürnberg and companies such as Bing and Issmayer began production there in the 1860s.

There were three main methods of printing designs onto tinplate:

The range of tinplate toys was varied and included penny toys as well as more expensive lithographed die cast models.

Updated: 26 April 2019

Tin Toy value and price guide

What's your 'Tin Toy' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia):

Picture Title Date sold Price
Rare Distler Porsche Red Electro Matic 06/2019 AU $950.00
Bandai Japan Friction Volkswagen Vw 06/2019 AU $471.00
Jumbo Germany Boxed Post War Blomer 05/2019 AU $385.00
Wyn Toy 1940's Tow Truck 154 Australian 05/2019 AU $333.00
1950 S Tn Showa Nomura Xf 160 Mystery 05/2019 AU $270.00
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Tin Toy forum (5 comments)

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Julie - April 22, 2018

I have a tin friction mouse that belonged to my father-in-law. It is gray in color and is in pristine condition. He got it in Germany during WWII. It is German and marked DRGM. I would like to know more about it and who made it. If I could send a photo, I'd do so, but I don't have a link. Thank you so much for any info you can give me.
►reply: Hi Julie, your mouse has a value of approx. 30-50 USD. Not sure who made it, did you have a look at the drgm page?

Carolyn - April 2, 2018

I’m looking for replacement arms and banjo for ham and Sam tin toy from 1921.
►reply: That won't be easy... Some companies make new parts, but finding original parts is very hard. Take a look at my Ferdinand Strauss toy page (I assume you have a Ferdinand Strauss toy), maybe you can find some parts there.

Paula - July 30, 2017

got a tin watering can with mickey an Minnie mouse on it, its red, with yellow flower decorations. a simaler one is in the national trust museum. any info?
►reply: You mean this one? They can fetch 100-200 USD. Here is another can.

Darbyreid - June 11, 2017

Has anyone got any information about the Animate Toy Cmpany? They were supposedly a small NYC based company in the early 1900's. I have a wind up fish I'd like to find out more about and can't find any information
►reply: Animate Toy Co. was probably established around 1915 and ceased production in the 1930s. That's all I know...

Staci - September 14, 2011

my mom has a wind-up, tin elephant holding a globe. how can I help her find out if it's worth anything?
►reply: Try and search for it in Google images