Tinplate toys, or tin toys or tin lithograph toys, is a toy made out of tinplate that is mechanical, either clockwork or battery operated. They are usually colourfully painted and resemble a character for children to find aesthetically pleasing, or a vehicle. Tinplate toys became increasingly popular in the early 20th century as their lightweight enabled them to be easily shipped at a lower price than the heavier cast iron toys. Around this time Germany was the major producer of Tinplate toys, the most famous being Lehman and Marklin, CIJ French Alfa Romeo P twos are always popular. After the second world war Japan became a major manufacturer of Tinplate toys producing many classics, most notably Robots.

Nice examples of Tinplate toys command very good prices, and we are always looking for consignments to be added to our sales.

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