Early Toys


Turtle toy side 2

Turtle toy bottom

Turtle toy top 2

Unusual small papier mache turtle friction toy in fine condition with original paint. 6″ long from tip of tail to tip of head and 3 1/2″ wide across back of shell. When pushed across a flat surface the wheels on the bottom move the head, legs and tail. A rare survivor, dating to the late 19th or early 20th century. (CI-39)


frog in box top frog in box with lid off

frog in box Close up

Small round lidded wooden box with a frog inside that appears to be made of papier mache and wiggles it’s arms and legs when the box is moved. Probably made to amuse a child. Box is 2 3/4″ in diameter and 1 3/4″ high with the lid on. Circa late 19th or early 20th  century. Has been in our personal collection for over 25 years and remains in very good condition. (CI-38)


cow pull toy

cow pull toy 3

cow pull toy 2

Cow pull toy, made of papier mache’. Circa mid-late 19th century. In original condition with wear, and some peeling to paint on right side, but structurally sound. Has been in our personal collection for many years. When we obtained it the head moved as it was pulled and there was a faint “mooing” sound, but it is now still and silent. Rare to find with horns, ears, udder, tail, collar and bell all still intact and in good condition.  A fine example of a well loved early child’s toy. 8″ high and 11″ long. (CE-12)


frog squeak toy 4

frog squeak toy

frog squeak toy 2

Rare frog papier mache squeak toy with glass eyes. Very similar to pig squeak toy pictured below and possibly by same hand, although somewhat cruder, with a paint run as shown and the squeak mechanism on this one is silent. 5″ L x 3 1/4″ H. See description of pig below for further detail. (CC – 23)


pig sq toy 4

pig Sq toy 3

Pig sq toy 2

Pig Squeak toy

Very rare, possibly unique, pig squeak toy. When the back legs are moved the pig’s mouth opens and a squeak is emitted. Approximately 7″ long. Probably dates to late 19th or early 20th century. Has expected wear but the hairline crack shown in the left foreleg is stable and does not extend through. Probably composed of papier mache with several coats of enamel paint on top. Could be German, although it could also be an American “one off” piece made by a talented individual. We have never seen another squeak toy like it. (BZ-19)



Very fine papier mache dog pull toy in original paint with cast iron wheels. Dog is 6″ long by 6″ high to top of head and entire toy is 7 1/2″ high. Condition is very good with minor wear. Forefront of right rear foot is missing but hardly noticeable. Possibly German, but there is no mark to so indicate, so maybe American. Probably early 20th century.




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