• VINTAGE Tin Litho Rabbit Pulling Cart Toy

    Tin Litho Rabbit. Very nice and very rare tin litho toy. Bunny is missing roller on the bottom.
    $30.00
    0 bids
    $9.45 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:10AM PST37m 49s
    or Best Offer
  • Vintage1940s Tin Wind-up Lucky-Car Occupied Japan

    Vintage1940s Tin Wind-up Lucky-Car Occupied Japan . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package..unknown if working..no key...as always my items are sold as is"..S/H will be $4.50
    $21.50
    6 bids
    $4.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:00AM PST27m 23s
  • Red Convertible SHOWA NOMURA X Tin Windup Car Occupied Japan

    Red Convertible SHOWA NOMURA X Tin Windup Car Occupied Japan. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.It does wind but has issues... Also driver has damage look at photos...as always my items are sold as is"..S/H will be. $4.50
    $18.50
    4 bids
    $4.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:01AM PST28m 23s
  • New ListingMarx Son Of Garloo, Wind Up Vintage Robot space toy Working Nice

    Condition is Used.
    $195.00
    Brand: Marx
    $10.00 shipping
    or Best Offer
  • 1930/40's Celluloid Windup Long Billed Donald Duck on Tin Donkey Cart Toy -Works

    Toy is in overall very good to near excellent condition with vibrant colors and working condition. The donkey may have to be adjusted a little to make the toy perform more smoothly. No signs of repair or repaint.
    $176.50
    20 bids
    $9.95 shipping
    Ending Today at 4:46PM PST10h 14mBrand: Disney
  • Vintage Piggy Cook toy tested WORKS

    The box does show wear. It was tested and is in great working condition. The action, lights, and sounds work.
    $40.00
    2 bids
    $7.99 shipping
    Ending Friday at 3:25PM PST1d 8h
  • Vintage Tin Litho Windup toy parts lot wind up

    Vintage Tin Litho Windup toy parts lot wind up . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.Tower with canopy, friction motor with wheels, and a penguin that needs to be assembled. 
    $13.30
    8 bids
    $6.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 10:30AM PST3h 57m
  • New ListingGERMAN TOY HORSE DRAWN TIN WIND UP WAGON, OROBR, VERY OLD

    This is an old original German wind up toy from the Orobr factory. Orobr toys are rare and fairly valuable. It says Germany on it,not West Germany.
    $125.00
    $10.00 shipping
  • New ListingVintage J Chein Disney Tin Roller Coaster Toy

    Vintage J Chein Disney Tin Roller Coaster Toy. Wind up works as it should. Belt looks like it may have been repaired. This piece looks and displays really well. A must have for any collector. Shipping to CONUS only. Please email any questions before bidding.
    $200.00
    Brand: Disney
    or Best Offer
    FAST 'N FREE
  • Metal Toys Vintage/Windup Animals

    Most are marked Made in U.S. Zone Germany D.R.G.M. Large bird is marked Kohler. Condition varies.
    $100.00
    42 bids
    $15.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 7:52PM PST13h 19mBrand: Unbranded
  • New Listing Vintage Antique Marx Tin Wind Up Toy Popeye Walking 1930's

    1930s Popeye Tin Wind Up Toy. Good Condition, Color Good. He is missing the Pipe. 8 1/4" tall.
    $125.00
    1 bid
    $8.70 shipping
    Ending Feb 27 at 7:42AM PST6d 1hBrand: Marx
  • New ListingDISNEY 1939 “PINOCCHIO THE ACROBAT” MARX TIN WIND-UP WITH BOX NEAR MINT

    DISNEY 1939 “PINOCCHIO THE ACROBAT” MARX TIN WIND-UP WITH BOX !! Not the best condition, but included EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION, NEAR MINT ENLARGE PHOTOS FOR CLOSER INSPECTION ALL SALES FINAL Shipped with USPS 1st Class mail ADDED SHIPPING COSTS FOR ALASKA, HAWAII & U.S. TERRITORIES INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING VIA EBAY GLOBAL SHIPPING
    $19.99
    1 bid
    $13.00 shipping
    Ending Mar 2 at 7:42PM PST9d 13hBrand: Disney
  • New Listing2 VINTAGE 1930's MARX BALLERINA’S BALLET DANCER TIN WIND-UP SPINNING TOP TOYS

    2 VINTAGE 1930's MARX BALLERINA’S BALLET DANCER TIN WIND-UP SPINNING TOP TOYS. AUCTION IS FOR BOTH INCLUDING ONLY 1 PULL KEY BOTH WORK GREAT. No Reserve Auction.
    $12.50
    4 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 27 at 1:36PM PST6d 7hBrand: Marx
  • ANTIQUE 1920'S STRUCTO CLOCKWORK WHIPPET WWI PRESSED STEEL TANK - WORKS GREAT

    THIS IS A REAL NICE TREAT THAT WE HAVE FOR YOU IN THIS STRUCTO WIND UP WW1 PRESSED STEEL TANK. STILL HAS NICE GREEN COLOR AND THE STRUCTO DECAL INTACT ON THE FRONT. DATE STAMPED WITH SEPT 28TH, 1920.
    $204.49
    24 bids
    $12.48 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:44PM PST15h 11mTop Rated Plus
  • ANTIQUE OLD JALOPY MARX TIN WIND UP TOY WORKS IN GREAT CONDITION. NR

    $41.00
    7 bids
    $8.30 shipping
    Ending Feb 26 at 6:06PM PST5d 11hBrand: Marx
  • SCHUCO STUDIO 1050 US ZONE GERMANY EXCELLENT. SEE PHOTOS, SEE PHOTOS !!!

    SCHUCO STUDIO 1050 US ZONE GERMANY EXCELLENT. SEE PHOTOS, SEE PHOTOS !
    $50.00
    0 bids
    $7.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 12:50PM PST6h 17m
    or Best Offer
  • SCHUCO Kommando Anno 2000, Made in Pre-War Germany,

    SCHUCO Kommando Anno 2000, Made in Germany (Pre World War II). This original example of Schuco's Kommando Anno 2000 is in very good condition but does not wind up. They are the best explanation of the item's appearance.
    $35.00
    0 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 11:14AM PST3d 4h
    or Best Offer
  • New Listing1940s TIN-LITHO WIND-UP GI JOE AND THE K-9 PUPS UNIQUE ART MADE IN AMERICA

    TOY IS IN VERY GOOD WORKING CONDITION.
    $27.66
    3 bids
    $10.49 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 7:43PM PST4d 13h
  • Rare African American Black Negro Boy Celluloid Tin Windup Toy Antique 1920

    Extremely rare prewar japan tin litho and celluloid black child beating the drum to his own march . This little guy is about 5 1/2 inches tall works perfectly I’ve never seen this little guy before . Circa 1920 s -30 he is awesome a great addition to anyone’s antique black americana don’t mess up low opening bid enjoyRare African American Black Negro Celluloid Tin Windup Toy Antique 1920 . Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail. The other big boy is in a seperate auction ,check out my amazing other toys
    $100.00
    29 bids
    $6.50 shipping
    Ending Today at 2:06PM PST7h 33m
  • S.Y. / YONEYA SOLDIER ON PARADE w/ ORIGINAL BOX

    He will stand in place and displays nicely as is - or would make a fun project. Very nice box art. The toy is excellent for display - very light evidence of wear and age. I had planned on repairing it but my projects piled up too quickly.
    $55.00
    $8.50 shipping
  • Vintage Antique Bing Tin Litho Windup Car - 1920's - Germany

    In used condition with nicks and scratches as well as surface rust here and there throughout. Surface rust also present on outer edge of wheels and windup key. Spring is broken and motor is loose from chassis.
    $16.50
    6 bids
    $7.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 26 at 5:19PM PST5d 10hTop Rated Plus
  • QUEEN MARY TIN WINDUP LINER JAPAN

    Queen Mary Liner. Made in Japan. 18 3/4" long tin windup toy is in excellent condition. It is complete with all of the masts and flags. Everything appears to be original. There is a little minor surface wear.
    $90.99
    16 bids
    $25.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 7:38PM PST3d 13h
  • Vintage or Antique 1920's Orobr Tin Litho Windup Sedan Toy Car - 6" - Germany

    Antique tin litho windup sedan car made by the German toy maker Orobr in the 1920's. In used condition with nicks and scratches here and there throughout. Scuff in paint exist on roof of car. Refer to photos for more details.
    $14.00
    6 bids
    $7.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 26 at 5:23PM PST5d 10hTop Rated Plus
  • "Leaping Lena"- "Made by Strauss Mechanical Toys,"

    "Leaping Lena"- "Made by Strauss Mechanical Toys," . Paint on this toy is very good. The spring mechanism works great. Thanks for looking.
    $100.00
    0 bids
    $14.35 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 9:38AM PST4d 3h
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Unbranded
  • TOY TIN WIND UP TRACTOR AND WAGON

    YOU ARE BIDDING ON A VINTAGE TOY TRACTOR AND WAGON.  THIS IS A WIND UP TOY AND IT STILL WORKS.  MADE OF TIN.  COLOR IS STILL NICE AND BRIGHT.  IN EXCELLENT CONDITION EXCEPT IT IS MISSING THE TIRES. I BELIEVE IT MIGHT GO ON A TRAIN TRACK BUT NOT SURE.   SEE MY OTHER MODELS TOYS ALSO LISTED.  
    $19.99
    0 bids
    $6.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 6:38AM PST6m 1s
    or Best Offer
    Brand: Unbranded
  • Hunting Grandpa W/U Mechanical Toy with Box, TN Japan (T53)

    That’s my guess. The box is in very good condition with minor wear. For display or repair. Toy Sale in Progress. Fine Print Don't see an item you are looking for?. If we've not earned it, let us know so we can fix any problems!
    $30.00
    4 bids
    $6.25 shipping
    Ending Today at 8:10PM PST13h 37m
  • Ives Mechanical Kitten Cat Toy Working Loved Key Wind

    He stands about 6" tall and including his tail 6" long. He has yellow glass eyes a, pressed board and worn mohair fur.well loved. When wound he opens and closes his mouth and shutters about.
    $99.00
    0 bids
    $27.92 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 8:17PM PST3d 13h
  • New ListingTriang/Minic Dump Truck wind up W/ key

    Triang/Minic Dump Truck wind up W/ key. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS First Class Package.
    $25.00
    0 bids
    $8.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 11:49AM PST4d 5h
  • Tricky Taxi on Busy Street Base (no taxi) Marx & Co. Box Toy Base

    It is made by the Marx & Co. toy manufacturer. I work very hard to get your item safe to your house.
    $159.95
    0 bids
    Free shipping
    Ending Feb 27 at 2:20PM PST6d 7hBrand: Marx
  • 1945 UNIQUE ART TIN LITHO LIL ABNER & THE DOGPATCH BAND WIND UP - WORKS

    ABNER IS MISSING ONE OF HIS ARMS AND THE OTHER IS DETACHED. GRANNY HAS ONE ARM DETACHED. THE PIANO PLAYING BLONDE IS MISSING THE LITTLE PIECE THAT ATTACHES HER TO THE PEG ON THE PIANO. ALL PICTURED SO YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT WE DESCRIBE.
    $60.00
    12 bids
    $11.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 9:51PM PST3d 15hTop Rated Plus
  • Graf Zeppelin Vintage Schylling Wind Up Airship TinToy

    "GRAF ZEPPELIN WIND-UP TIN TOY" COLLECTABLE BLIMP, (in Pre-owned Condition). You are looking at a 3"-8" in size, collectable. Tin Toy Blimp in Fair to Acceptable Pre-owned Condition. Take a look at this collectable Wind-up Tin Toy in Fair to Acceptable.
    $4.99
    0 bids
    $8.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 4:00PM PST9h 27mBrand: Schylling
  • 1930’S Vintage J Chein Tin Ferris Wheel

    1930’S Vintage J Chein Tin Ferris Wheel. It is a little over 16 in.high.The Condition is good for it’s age over 85? Years old.It does have some rust,but colors are sill good.I have not tried to wind it up as you can see in photos I didn’t want to do any damage on a piece so old.This would make a great addition to any collection.Please See all photos before bidding.
    $40.00
    0 bids
    $18.00 shipping
    Ending Today at 12:17PM PST5h 45mBrand: J. Chein & Company
  • New ListingANTIQUE 9" LIVE STEAM EUROPEAN RACE BOAT

    THE PAINT ON THE DRIVER IS QUITE DARK BUT THE FEATURES ARE VISIBLE. THE PAN IS QUITE RUSTY BUT INTACT. THIS TOY WAS USED AS THERE IS CONSIDERABLE PAINT LOSS TO THE REAR OF HE DECK. THE RUDDER IS FIRMLY ATTACHED BUT CAN BE EASILY BENT TO STEER THE BOAT.
    $5.50
    2 bids
    $6.40 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 8:18AM PST4d 1h
  • New ListingGERMAN OROBR TIN HORSE WIND UP HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE TOY as is

    ONE HORSE IS MISSING ONE LEG AND OTHER PARTS ARE MISSING SUCH AS DRIVER, WHEEL,DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE. TAKE A LOOK. COOL TOYS WITH DOORS THAT REALLY OPEN AND LOCK USING THE LITTLE KNOBS.
    $39.95
    0 bids
    $8.85 shipping
    Ending Mar 2 at 6:19PM PST9d 11h
  • 1920'S/30'S MARX TIN LITHO BIG LOAD VAN COMPANY TRUCK

    HAS NORMAL WEAR FOR A PIECE OF THIS AGE BUT NOTHING TOO HEAVY. MISSING THE REAR PANEL OF THE TRUCK AS SHOWN.
    $77.00
    23 bids
    $11.00 shipping
    Ending Friday at 9:37PM PST1d 15hTop Rated PlusBrand: Marx
  • Spic and Span, Marx, Black Musicians, 1920s, N-Mint

    Spic and Span Marx windup from 1920s. Black musician plays fiddle while dancing. Other musician hits two drums and crashes cymbals with foot. Good working condition. All parts and paint are original.
    $392.77
    10 bids
    $10.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 5:50PM PST3d 11hBrand: Marx
  • 1930s Marx Toy Mystic- Motorcycle Tin wind up Vintage Toy with original box 🎁

    The box has one flap missing and is worn in spots. the toy itself is in good working order and looks pretty good. Alaska and Hawaii will be more.
    $102.50
    8 bids
    $9.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 7:00PM PST4d 12hBrand: Marx
  • J.Chein & Co. Windup Turtle with Native Rider #145 w/ orig. Box Tin Litho

    Nice old wind up mechanical  toy by J. Chein & Co. Harrison,N.J. Made in USA. The turtle is very good condition. Some loss of paint by his neck where it moves up and down and the tail is missing some on the end of it. Couple of minor scratches. The native rider is very good. The windup mechanism still works. Am noticing there was probably a small wheel underneath that is missing under front of his shell? Does include the original box that is squashed. Please look at photos and ask questions if needed.
    $33.00
    3 bids
    $8.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 7:59AM PST3d 1hBrand: J. Chein & Company
  • New ListingVINTAGE 1930'S UNIQUE ART TIN LITHO SKY RANGERS CENTER BASE PIECE ONLY

    THIS IS THE CENTER PIECE ONLY FOR THE UNIQUE ART SKY RANGERS SET. NO PLANES ARE INCLUDED.
    $9.99
    0 bids
    $11.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 9:48PM PST4d 15hTop Rated Plus
  • New ListingVintage Oliver Hardy Wind Up Lakeside Toy Made In Japan

    Vintage Oliver Hardy Wind Up Lakeside Toy Made In Japan. Condition is Used. Missing key...Shipped with USPS first class
    $9.99
    1 bid
    $4.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 3:47PM PST4d 9h
  • SCHUCO Hula Girl, Works!

    SCHUCO Hula Girl, Made in 1960. This rare example of Schuco's Hula Girl is in excellent condition except that the shoes are broken and she cannot stand on her own. They are the best explanation of the item's appearance.
    $77.00
    2 bids
    $10.00 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 12:10PM PST3d 5h
  • Vintage Tin Litho Toy Wind Up TPS Japan Hobo Roller Skate Clown

    The hat is missing.
    $33.00
    6 bids
    $7.00 shipping
    Ending Friday at 11:14AM PST1d 4hTop Rated PlusBrand: TPS
  • Rare Black Kewpie African American Celluloid Antique Windup Negro Toy 1920

    Extremely rare circa 1920s rose O’Neill inspired black African-American celluloid cloth and tin windup crawling toy made in Japan works great cool action, very derogatory large molded lips wide eyes somewhat sad looking quite impressive for someone collecting these racist toys of the past part of black history a must for the collector toys in amazing condition small nip as seen in photo a few stitches were restitched very minor no dents guaranteed old good luck bidding very low opening bid
    $38.00
    6 bids
    $7.50 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 8:31PM PST4d 13h
  • *1930's Unique Art Sky Ranger Tin Wind Up Toy With Blimp And Base

    Only Major Flaw is the Base Bottom Has A Bend In It As Seen.
    $9.99
    1 bid
    $13.56 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 6:41PM PST3d 12h
  • VINTAGE ANTIQUE TOY POLICE RADIO PATROL CAR MADE IN JAPAN FRICTION TIN LITHO

    Friction motor is weak and does not drive car. Does not work either. Underside has plenty of wear and dents. One front drive wheel has a chunk of rubber broken off.
    $20.00
    1 bid
    Free shipping
    Ending Feb 26 at 9:45AM PST5d 3h
  • New Listing1950s J. CHAIN 7.75" TIN WIND UP SNOW SKIER GIRL WORKS GREAT!

    P LEASE REVIEW THE PICTURES AND JUDGE THE CONDITION FOR YOURSELF. I will note below any flaws not readily visible in the pictures.
    $26.00
    2 bids
    $8.12 shipping
    Ending Feb 25 at 7:23PM PST4d 12hTop Rated PlusBrand: J. Chein & Company
  • VINTAGE 1930'S MARX TIN LITHO ROCKET RACER WIND UP CAR

    WIND UP HAS BEEN TESTED BUT DOES NOT WORK.
    $40.00
    13 bids
    $11.00 shipping
    Ending Friday at 9:35PM PST1d 15hTop Rated PlusBrand: Marx
  • 1930's Japanese Tin & Celluloid Windup Delivery Cycle - WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

    MUCH higher price in their system. usually have a. It seems to. Toy is Very Fine.
    $32.11
    13 bids
    $7.35 shipping
    Ending Feb 24 at 4:00PM PST3d 9h

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Vintage and Antique Wind-Up Toys

While these mechanical wind-up collectibles are called toys, the original creations were expensive and were intended for adults. One of the earliest creations for the Dauphin of France, from around 1660, was a detailed battle scene with a charging cavalry and sounds of explosions. Although most of the vintage wind-up toys are simple in design, they are entertaining and fun for collectors who are both kids and adults.

How did the concept of wind-up toys originate?

The concept for the mechanics of wind-up toys came from the development of clockworks in the 1600s. A key tightens a coiled metal spring that turns gears as it uncoils, causing movement in parts connected to the gears. Among these antique wind-up toys, just about every movement, such as walking, dancing, and drumming, has been recreated. Some wind-up toys even contain music boxes. A benefit of the simple spring-and-gear clockwork mechanism inside these vintage and antique wind-up toys is that no matter how old they are, it is simple to repair them and to make them operational again. Just open them, and replace the broken part.

Why are these items referred to as tin toys?

When mechanical wind-up toys started to be made for kids in the late 1800s, they were made of painted tin, lithographs, or celluloid to keep them affordable. Today, they are made of plastic. As you browse these wind-up toys, you will see that the details have held up well on many of these vintage toys, and many come with their original boxes.

What are some of the wind-up toy designs?

Many older wind-up toy designs focus on cars, trolley cars, trains, and ships. Dancing figures are also common types of vintage and antique toys.

You will also find amusement ride wind-up toys created by Chein between the 1930s and the 1950s, including a Ferris wheel, carousel, rocket carousel, and roller coaster.

During the 1950s, Disney sold Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto as wind-up toys. These Disney characters could be found riding on trains, driving cars, gardening, drumming, and rocking.

Another common theme for vintage windups in the 1950s were robots and space toys.

Who manufactured vintage wind-up toys?

Among the manufacturers are Marx, Chein, Schylling, Shuco, Structo, Linemar, and Jaymar. When you’re browsing toys made in the early 1900s, these are the names that you’ll see most commonly. However, if you’re looking for a more obscure wind-up toy, you might need to widen your search radius beyond these manufacturers.

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