Although toys of various types have existed throughout history, it’s only since the industrial revolution that mechanical toys have come into their own. These toys have had two lives; first their primary use as a plaything to entertain or educate a child. If preserved, they have then moved into their second phase and have been handled down to be admired by the next generation.
Owing to the rapid pace of evolution since the turn of the twentieth century, each represents a unique insight into the design and function of the machine, or the characters that the toy replicates. In most cases, this has been a form of transport, boats, aeroplanes, trains or automobiles, and automatons which often mimicked contemporary life.
Because many toys have been regarded in the past as disposable, their rarity has increased. It was as early as the 1930’s that serious collections were started. Since then, collectors from all walks of life have been preserving these toys. Antique toys are now appreciated by an international audience for their historical, cultural and artistic value.
Whether it is the thrill of the hunt, the research of the item, its artistic splendour, precision design, historical significance, or the camaraderie of the toy-collecting world, collecting antique toys is a truly rewarding and fulfilling pursuit.
Our book, “The World of Antique Toys, written and published in 1990 by Jeffrey Levy, has been referred to as the ‘bible’ of toy collecting, and can now be downloaded free of charge in PDF format. It remains to this day, one of the most important informative books on the subject.
Alternatively, this luxury, leather-bound Limited Edition book containing 268 richly illustrated pages, can be purchased directly from ourselves for 225.00 Euros including free worldwide shipping. To order, please press here.
This book was written as a guide to, and a celebration of the artistry and craftsmanship of the world’s greatest toymakers. Artisans were brought together to produce toys that represented much more than the sum of their parts. Many of the toys represented here have never been illustrated before.