Vintage Wyandotte Toys

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2015-06-26 10:34:36

Vintage Wyandotte Toys are children's toys produced by the American manufacturer of the same name.

History & Description

Wyandotte was a brand of toys manufactured by the American-based All Metal Products Company.

The All Metal Products Company was founded in 1920 and was based in Wyandotte, Michigan, until the early-1950s. Under the Wyandotte brand name, the company manufactured inexpensive pressed metal toys and for several decades in the twentieth century was America’s largest producer of toy guns.

In order to keep costs down, Wyandotte toys were made from surplus raw materials, using scrap metal acquired from local auto factories.

The All Metal Products Company went bankrupt in 1956.

Guide for collectors

Wyandotte toys are highly sought after collectibles. Because the majority of the toys were made of metal, many have survived in excellent condition. Wyandotte toys manufactured after WWII can easily be distinguished from pre-WWII toys as they were produced from much thinner metals and were typically more elaborately designed.

Because of the simple construction methods and durability of the pressed metals used, Wyandotte toys can still be found in near mint condition.

Vintage Wyandotte toys are frequently sold through national auction houses and eBay. The price of an item is determined by its condition, rarity and if it comes with its original box.

Notable auction sales

On April 29th 2006 at Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, a pressed steel Wyandotte circus truck and trailer toy realised a price of $3,250.

On May 15th 2010 at Morphy Auctionsin Denver, Pennsylvania, a pressed steel Wyandotte station wagon toy with its original box, circa 1940s, realised a price of $2,000.

On May 13th 2006 at Noel Barrett in Carversville, Pennsylvania, a pressed steel Wyandotte coupe toy with it original box realised a price of $1,900.

On April 17th 2010 at Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey, a pressed steel Wyandotte sedan and trailer toy realised a price of $1,800.

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